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The Answer Sheet: January, 2014

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 01/31/2014

For school choice-loving Democrats to consider

How Republicans view it.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:22 PM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School choice

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 01/31/2014

Why Common Core isn’t the answer

Subject-based curriculum is the problem, this educator says.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:30 AM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 11:28 PM ET, 01/30/2014

Text of Maryland superintendents’ document on school reform

Read what 22 of 24 Maryland superintendents are saying about reform.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:28 PM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform

Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 01/30/2014

Md. superintendents criticize implementation of school reforms

Maryland schools chiefs say new testing and other education reforms are on an unrealistic timetable.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:33 PM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 01/30/2014

U.S. Education Dept. decides Politico Pro costs too much

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education Department

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 01/29/2014

Education Department changes charter school lottery rules

Charter schools receiving federal start-up and replication funds can use “weighted lotteries” that favor low-income or educationally disadvantaged students to produce more integrated schools.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:30 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charter Schools

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 01/29/2014

Civil rights hero launches ‘American Child’s Education Bill of Rights’

James Meredith issues a 12-point declaration to help children succeed.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:20 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 01/29/2014

Why snow days matter: Kids slept in schools because of late cancellation call

Thousands of students -- as well as teachers, staff and administrators -- were stuck in several states.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:36 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Weather

Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 01/29/2014

Obama on education: Rhetoric vs. reality

What he said and what he didn’t.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:01 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  President Obama

Posted at 09:30 PM ET, 01/28/2014

Obama on education in SOTU -- text

What he said on school reform and other ed issues.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:30 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  President Obama

Posted at 05:36 PM ET, 01/28/2014

Pete Seeger: ‘Do you know the difference between education and experience?’

The great Pete Seeger on education.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:36 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Peter Seeger

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 01/28/2014

The hype and reality of ‘school choice’

It’s National School Choice Week. There’s less there than meets the eye.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:00 AM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School choice

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/28/2014

The reform mess -- an open letter to NY education officials

An award-winning principal and the president of the state teachers union say officials are obsessed with testing and it’s time to stop.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 01/28/2014

First-year teacher: 4 things that prepared me for my job

The key factors that prepared her to teach.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teaching

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 01/27/2014

Why support for Common Core is sinking

A principals says support is disappearing, not because schools don’t have the Common Core curriculum, but because for the first time they do.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:45 PM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 01/26/2014

NY teachers union pulls its support from Common Core, urges removal of state ed chief

The board of directors of the 600,000-member teachers union in New York has had enough.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:01 PM ET, 01/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 01/26/2014

Poverty and the education opportunity gap: Will Obama step up in SOTU?

Will the president advocate policies that are actually effective at addressing wealth inequality and the damage caused by that inequality?

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:30 AM ET, 01/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  President Obama

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 01/25/2014

13-year-old: ‘What if we based education on the study and practice of being happy and healthy?’

A 13-year-old comes up with a new approach for education.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:40 AM ET, 01/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Videos

Posted at 02:56 PM ET, 01/24/2014

Starr to Duncan: ‘I resent implication that we lifelong public educators are liars’

The tweet was in response to a Duncan op-ed in The Washington Post.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:56 PM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arne Duncan

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 01/24/2014

Why there’s no excuse for ‘no-excuse’ schools

Why is it that no private schools market themselves as ‘no excuse’ schools?

By Valerie Strauss  |  07:00 AM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 01/24/2014

The latest bad fad in higher education

Enrolling low-income students should not become some kind of selective higher education “Hunger Games.“

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  College Admissions

Posted at 06:54 PM ET, 01/23/2014

Let’s stop whining about school snow closures

Fairfax unfairly gets slammed for closing schools.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:54 PM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 01/23/2014

Education stats, state by state

In a handy infographic.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:55 PM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Data

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 01/23/2014

The polar vortex explained in two minutes

A quick science lesson from President Obama’s science advisor.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:41 PM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Science

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 01/23/2014

A challenge: Teach 8th grade Common Core before endorsing it

The real problem in our schools.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:30 AM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 01/23/2014

The coming Common Core meltdown

It’s less about the standards themselves than the context in which they were introduced and implemented

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 01/22/2014

Shout-out to great ed reporter

A Post colleague leaves the ed beat after four years.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:00 PM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 01/22/2014

Why do schools open when it feels like 4 below outside?

Look what schools opened and closed in Essex County, N.J.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:16 PM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Weather

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 01/22/2014

A revealing thought experiment about student achievement and school reform

Look at data and figure out in which of two states students have higher achievement. See what this experiment says about reform.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:31 AM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 01/22/2014

Gov. Cuomo seeks changes to ‘flawed’ Common Core implementation

He is creating a panel to make recommendations for improving implementation.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core, Tests

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 01/21/2014

Afghan attack took young American ‘destined for greatness,’ teacher says

A former mentor said his brilliance and focus marked him “destined for greatness.”

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 PM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 01/21/2014

Reaction to Ravitch: A different view of Common Core

‘The fact that the current fix isn’t working doesn’t mean we don’t have a whole lot to fix.’

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:15 PM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 01/21/2014

Why teachers can’t reach every child: a case study

There are situations beyond the control of even the best teachers.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:30 AM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teachers

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 01/21/2014

Dogs vs. cats: Their oh-so-different teaching styles

For a laugh, watch this to the very end.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Videos

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 01/20/2014

The Education Department’s strange new report on teaching

The report is based on a controversial way of evaluating effective teaching. And the findings should give reformers pause.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:31 PM ET, 01/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Evaluation

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 01/20/2014

MLK: ‘Intelligence plus character -- that is the goal of true education’

King was prescient on a lot of things, including education.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:00 AM ET, 01/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  MLK

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 01/20/2014

Why Christie’s school ‘fix’ is misguided

‘Christie aims to double down on an outmoded model.’

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:30 AM ET, 01/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extended Day

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 01/18/2014

Arne Duncan: Why can’t we be more like South Korea?

The education secretary laments that American parents aren’t as serious as South Koreans when it comes to education.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:01 AM ET, 01/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arne Duncan

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 01/18/2014

Everything you need to know about Common Core -- Ravitch

The past, present and future of the standards.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:45 AM ET, 01/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 01/17/2014

How’s this for cynical?

State seeks to drop class sizes for special ed students.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:15 PM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Class Size

Posted at 09:33 AM ET, 01/17/2014

Maryland schools need $100 million for online Common Core tests, says report

A report to the General Assembly reveals big readiness problems.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:33 AM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 01/17/2014

Bad news for teachers comes in an automated phone call

A bad plan for teacher in North Carolina.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teachers

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 01/16/2014

Dying teacher makes remarkable journey to visit former students

He wrote a book, “The Priority List,” about his travels.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:00 PM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teachers

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 01/16/2014

A real school reform agenda for 2014

Our Lake Wobegon moment has finally arrived. Now what?

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:00 AM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 01/16/2014

NY officials’ excuse for link to vulgar test prep questioned

What happened when NY state ed officials were asked why a Common Core website they operated was sending students to vulgar material?

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 01/15/2014

The kids aren’t all right — an infographic

A worldwide look.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:30 AM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Living Standards

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/15/2014

A creepy letter school sent to parents

Parents were not amused.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Testing

Posted at 06:06 PM ET, 01/14/2014

What Christie failed to mention in State of State speech about his education record

There’s a gap between what he said about education and what he has done.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:06 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Christie

Posted at 04:18 PM ET, 01/14/2014

Michelle Rhee gives the nation a D+ in school reform

The nation has, apparently, disappointed the former D.C. schools leader.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:18 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Michelle Rhee

Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 01/14/2014

What should a school do with a child like this?

A third grader threatens students and teachers repeatedly.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:31 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Violence

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 01/14/2014

And now, the Bunkum Awards (you wouldn’t want to win)

They are given for educational research, and they aren’t awards you’d want to win.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:17 AM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Educational Research

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 01/13/2014

Is teacher education a disaster?

Here is the third and last part of a series on teacher training by UCLA scholar Mike Rose.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:30 PM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teacher education

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 01/13/2014

Weingarten slams teacher evaluation by student test scores

‘It’s time to call the question.’

By Valerie Strauss  |  07:00 AM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teacher Evaluation

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 01/13/2014

U-Va. medical student saves man’s life during training exam

A pretend patient “assigned” a disease during a practice examination is saved by a medical student who discovered the man really had the disease.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Higher Ed

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 01/12/2014

‘The Procedure’ and how it is harming education

School reformers are going about things backwards.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:00 PM ET, 01/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 01/11/2014

NY Common Core website sends kids to vulgar test prep

And that’s not all.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:30 AM ET, 01/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/11/2014

Single university president signs school contract restricting her love life

It just happened at Alabama State.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Higher Education

Posted at 04:31 PM ET, 01/10/2014

America’s oldest working teacher turns 100

Her school had a birthday party for her.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:31 PM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teachers

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 01/10/2014

Eric Cantor threatens new NYC mayor over school reform (update)

The House majority leader, who usually likes local control of education, warns Bill de Blasio to do what what Cantor wants or else.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:55 PM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School choice

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 01/10/2014

Why teachers think Gov. Christie is a bully

New Jersey teachers have felt bullied by Gov. Christie for a long time.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Christie

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 01/08/2014

Should principals stop visiting classrooms?

New findings suggest that informal classroom walkthroughs hurt student achievement.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Leadership

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 01/07/2014

A sobering way to start 2014

New research on how poverty affects children highlights how inadequate most school reform policies have been.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:01 AM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Poverty

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 01/03/2014

Student privacy concerns grow over ‘data in a cloud’

Why is so much student data being collected and stored?

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 01/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Student Data

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/01/2014

The problem with thinking ‘content is king’ in education

It isn’t enough for teachers to simply know content -- but reformers seem to think it is.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teaching

Posted at 12:15 AM ET, 01/01/2014

Words that should be banned in 2014 (selfie, twerk, etc.)

There are 13 winners, or, rather, losers.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:15 AM ET, 01/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Words

 

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