Samantha Lull said she paid a deposit Sunday to secure her spot in the Class of 2017 at the College of William and Mary. Patrick Linehan, her classmate at Chantilly High School, said he is still weighing whether to enroll at William and Mary or the University of Virginia.Read full article >>
Montgomery County education officials will identify about 10 schools in the district for extra support and resources under a new program that aims to help individual campuses boost performance.
Schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr is expected to announce the details of the program at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting.Read full article >>
Malcolm E. “Mike” Peabody began lobbying to establish charter schools in the District nearly two decades ago. At the time, D.C. charters were just a concept; now they are a thriving part of the city’s education landscape, serving nearly half the children in D.C. schools.Read full article >>
The student population at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Fairfax County’s elite magnet school, has seen a significant demographic shift in the past five years, as Asian students have dominated the applicant pool.Read full article >>
Heads up, high schools: Your graduates may not be as ready for college as you think they are.
New survey results from the ACT assessment organization, released last week, show a disconnect on the question of college readiness. Eighty-nine percent of high school teachers surveyed said students who finished their classes were well or very well prepared for college.Read full article >>
The number of D.C. classrooms in which teachers cheated last year on standardized tests, according to the results of an Office of the State Superintendent of Education investigation released this month. Violations included providing students with answers or using prohibited electronic devices.Read full article >>
The initial news was bad enough. A music teacher at their children’s elementary school in Montgomery County was in jail, accused of keeping child pornography on his laptop computer.
Then details began to emerge. There were other images, described by police as inappropriate, with at least some taken inside the school. It prompted the most obvious question, one that has worried parents for nearly two months.Read full article >>
Fayette County, Ga., population 106,567, resembles many Washington-area suburbs. It has lovely trees, expensive cars and good schools. Most of the residents are middle-class. They set high standards for their kids. But what is happening to one particular Fayette County student is sadly at odds with the way ambitious students are treated here.Read full article >>
The environmental movement will mark Earth Day on Monday with events locally and elsewhere highlighting responses to climate change and other challenges facing the planet.
In the District, Union Station will be a hub for observance of the 43rd anniversary of the first Earth Day in 1970. The Earth Day Network, a coordinating organization, said the station will host a farmers market, raffles, giveaways, an exhibit from NASA and a recycling drive. There will speeches at noon and live music at noon and 4:30 p.m. from the U.S. Army Field Band.Read full article >>
Here's a call for the end of high-stakes standardized tests from a teacher who chronicles how he approached his job before and after No Child Left Behind. David Patten is an award-winning history teacher, college lecturer, and the author of eighteen articles published in various magazines, including "History Today," "Military History," "Man at Arms," "Arms Collecting," "Medal News," and, most recently, the Journal of the Orders and Medals Society of America. A version of this appeared on George Mason University's History News Network website.Read full article >>
Education Secretary Arne Duncan detailed his upcoming education agenda in testimony last week before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Other Related Agencies. Here's what he said, according to the Education Department website:Read full article >>
School reformers have for years taken a business approach to changing schools, meaning that they believe that running public schools like businesses would improve student achievement. It hasn't worked. Here, Robert D. Shepherd explains the mistakes the reformers have made in applying business principles. He is a writer and editor who has produced, over a 30-year career, more than 100 textbooks for students, K through college, in writing, grammar, literature, social studies, computer science, and mathematics.
Hundreds of thousands of high school dropouts hoping to earn an equivalency diploma will have to pass a more challenging GED test that is being designed to improve the prospects of low-skilled workers in a high-tech economy.Read full article >>