Mark Wahlberg, one of the world’s most successful high school dropouts, stopped by T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria on Wednesday morning to encourage students to stay in school.
The multimillionaire Hollywood producer, actor, former rapper and model dropped out of high school in the ninth grade. But now, the 41-year-old father of four is pursuing his diploma through an online credit-recovery program.Read full article >>
Assistant Superintendent (Office of Student Learning and Partnership) | Oregon Department of Education
Maryland officials say they are confident the state will meet federal deadlines to develop new teacher evaluation systems requiring the use of standardized test scores.
It’s a sharp turnaround for the Maryland State Department of Education. In December, the U.S. Department of Education told Maryland officials the state was at risk of losing about $40 million in Race to the Top Funds for falling behind on developing new teacher evaluation systems. About a month later, the federal agency released a report showing Maryland was behind in implementing Race to the Top requirements.Read full article >>
Federal budget cuts and surging demand for student aid may limit awards this year from a popular D.C. scholarship fund that aims to provide up to $10,000 annually for residents to attend public colleges outside the city, officials said Wednesday.Read full article >>
The cafeteria at Savoy Elementary in Anacostia was rocking. Cheerleaders cheered, students in school T-shirts chanted and the principal gave a go-get-’em speech.
But this was no pep rally of yore, building excitement for a football team. This was all about getting psyched for a standardized test — the D.C. Comprehensive Assessment System, or D.C. CAS, a bubble exam that students across the city are taking this week.Read full article >>
Though parents in some other states are formally "opting out" of high-stakes standardized tests and keeping their children at home on test days, officials in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia say it is not permitted in their jurisdictions.
Low-performing Montgomery County schools slated to get individual case-management help from central office administrators will be called “Innovation Schools” as part of the district’s newest initiative aimed at closing achievement gaps, school officials said.Read full article >>