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My bad typing years ago and what it means about student engagement now

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 2:02pm
My first class in high school was typing. I took it the summer before my freshman year. I was a total grade-grubbing dork, so the experience thrilled me — and it had nothing to do with the fact that the class was mostly girls. I didn’t notice that at the time, one more sign of my slow social development. I just wanted to get an A.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Why kids are getting more aggressive on the playground

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 8:00am
Here is a new piece from pediatric occupational therapist Angela Hanscom, who has written some popular posts, including “Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today,” as well as “The right — and surprisingly wrong — ways to get kids to sit still in class” and “A therapist goes to middle school and tries to sit still. She can’t. Neither can the kids.” Here is the fifth in her occasional series on movement in classrooms. Hanscom is the founder of TimberNook, a nature-based development program designed to foster creativity and independent play outdoors in New England.Read full article >>






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Strauss: ‘You don’t need to know what is not on the test.’ A song.

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 6:00am
Go on to sleep now, third grader of mine. The test is tomorrow but you’ll do just fine. It’s reading and math, forget all the rest. You don’t need to know what is not on the test.That’s the first stanza to a song that Tom Chapin and John Forster wrote for NPR’s Morning Edition in 2008, when No Child Left Behind had been the law for half a dozen years, but it has equal, if not more resonance, today, seven years later, with standardized tests being all-important in many school accountability systems.Read full article >>






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Strauss: You’ve heard the phrase ‘college and career readiness.’ But what exactly is it?

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 4:00am
You can’t have a conversation about the goals of school reform without hearing the term “college and career ready.” What exactly does that mean? The answer is less obvious than you might think, according to this post, by  Jonathan Hasak, who writes about the need for America’s education system to adapt to a changing economy. His work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, American Educator, The Century Foundation blog, Education Week, and the Huffington Post.Read full article >>






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Can volunteers help kids read more proficiently? New research says yes.

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 6:48pm
Public schools have long relied on volunteers to manage bake sales and to chaperone field trips. But what if schools could harness and organize volunteers to do something bigger and more difficult?They can, according to new research that suggests that volunteers could be instrumental in helping millions of American children to read proficiently.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Will the new SAT be easier than the old one? A look at what the new test could look like

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 1:30pm
The College Board just released a sample of its revised PSAT, or the Preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which is taken by some 3.5 million high school students each year. The PSAT does not count for college admissions, but is important for students hoping to win a National Merit Scholarship. And because the PSAT and the SAT use the same style of questions, this gives us a chance to see what the new SAT — which is being unveiled in 2016 — will look like. This post does just that. It was written by James S. Murphy, who has been prepping students for the SAT for almost two decades.  He lives in Boston and is a tutoring manager for The Princeton Review. The views represented here are his own.Read full article >>






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Silver Spring families head over heels about hosting Danish gymnasts

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 9:21pm
It all started with Anne Hammond. Friends like to call her “the Danish Connection.”Hammond grew up in Denmark and moved to the Washington region in 1989 after falling in love with the U.S.-born Scott Hammond. They would marry and have three children. But leaving her Danish roots behind was not easy, and in 2010, when a Danish club sought hosts for traveling gymnasts from her home country, she stepped up.Read full article >>






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How snow days piled up at Washington area schools in 2014-2015

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 8:37pm
The weather naive among us who thought the official start of spring would mean the end of snow were in for a rude awakening. March 20 instead brought an unseasonal wintry mix, snow and in turn another round of delays and school closings for three area school districts.Read full article >>






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Applications up in D.C. School Enrollment Lottery

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 7:06pm
More than 20,000 students applied in the first round of the citywide enrollment lottery for next school year, according to numbers released by the mayor’s office Friday afternoon.That marked an increase of about 3,000 applications over last year. Enrollment has been on the rise in charter and traditional public schools, as more families are staying in the city and choosing public schools. City officials also conducted an intensive outreach campaign to make more families aware of the lottery in advance of the deadline.Read full article >>






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Private college sticker-price shock: Past $60,000 a year

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 5:46pm
With rare exceptions, sticker prices at colleges go nowhere but up. In 2012, Sarah Lawrence College in New York crossed a threshold for tuition, fees, room and board that dozens of others have now topped: $60,000 a year.Read full article >>






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OU: Frat members learned racist chant at national SAE leadership event

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 5:28pm
This post has been updated.The racist chant that a group of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity members sang on a bus this month was brought to the University of Oklahoma four years ago, after members learned it at an annual national SAE leadership event, university officials said Friday.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Liberty University students say they were required to attend Ted Cruz speech

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 4:00pm
Republican Sen Ted Cruz appeared earlier this week at Liberty University in Virginia to announce that he was running for president in 2016, becoming the first major candidate in the Democratic or Republican parties to formally declare. Cruz delivered the news at Liberty — the largest Christian university in the world — before a gathering of students. What you might not know about that gathering was that the students were required to attend. This post explains what happened and why.  It was written by Alexandra Markovich, a 19-year-old student at Princeton University who is a member of the University Press Club, a selective group of undergraduate students who freelance for regional and national publications. Markovich is an intended major in the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs with a focus in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies.Read full article >>






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Strauss: As testing opt-out movement grows, so does pushback from schools

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 1:00pm
As the spring standardized testing season continues, the opt-out movement around the country is growing. The New Jersey Assembly, for example, voted on Thursday to allow parents to opt out their children from the PARCC Common Core tests and to require that schools provide alternative activities for students during testing. (The Maryland Senate, rejected an effort on Thursday that would have withheld funding for PARCC until the state government had a suitable opt-out policy.)  The debate about opting out is at such a fever pitch in some places that an Indiana Superintendent of the Year, Rocky Killion, suggested to parents that they homeschool their children during testing week because he is so opposed to the exams.Read full article >>






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Tennessee school districts sue state over what they say is inadequate funding

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 8:35am
Seven Tennessee school districts have sued state officials over what they say is inadequate school funding, charging that by shorting schools by hundreds of millions of dollars, the state has “breached its duty under the Tennessee Constitution to provide a system of free public education.”Read full article >>






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Strauss: Mom: Why my 9-year-old gets despondent about school

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 5:00am
Sandy Stenoff is a public school advocate in central Florida who has opposed the standardized test-based education reforms imposed in the state for years. In this piece, she writes about the toll that standardized testing — including test prep and the narrowing of the curriculum — has affected her young children. This appeared on the Web site of Opt Out Orlando, run by activists who are urging parents to opt their children out of state-mandated standardized tests.Read full article >>






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Strauss: The emotional impact of college admissions decisions — on parents

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 4:00am
Millions of high school seniors are eagerly awaiting the end of the long and grueling college admissions process, with the final April 1st deadline for acceptance or rejection by schools fast approaching. It’s not just an emotionally fraught time for the applicants, but for their parents too. How to get through it is the subject of this post, by Linda Fleming McGhee, a clinical psychologist practicing in Chevy Chase, MarylandRead full article >>






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At U-Va., a price hike for some will fund a price cut for others

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 8:13pm
For Virginians in financial need, leaders of the state’s flagship university just approved what amounts to a cut of up to $10,000 in the price of a bachelor’s degree.To engineer this feat, the University of Virginia will raise annual tuition an extra $1,000 for in-state students beginning at Charlottesville this year. For the incoming class the following year, in fall 2016, this extra charge — beyond regular tuition growth — will grow to $2,000.Read full article >>






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U-Va. student involved in violent arrest makes brief court appearance

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 7:08pm
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A black student at the University of Virginia whose bloody arrest by white officers ignited a debate on campus about race relations appeared in court Thursday here for a brief hearing, but he did not enter a plea to charges related to his arrest.Read full article >>






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D.C. government office released students’ personal data to a reporter

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 4:25pm
This story has been updated.The Office of the State Superintendent of Education notified parents this week that personal information about students was inadvertently sent to a reporter in February, education officials said.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Need a job? How you can write test questions for Pearson.

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 3:52pm
If you are looking for a job in the area of test development, there’s some good news. Pearson, the world’s largest education company, is advertising for test item writers and you apparently don’t have to have a bachelor’s degree. It is just “preferred.” Here’s the ad on the Pearson Web site:Read full article >>






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