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Class Struggle: March, 2011

Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 03/30/2011

Rhee says her remarks on test erasures were “stupid”

She said that she thinks cheating might have occurred in the District and that she is glad her successor, Acting Chancellor Kaya Henderson, ordered a new investigation. Rhee said she still believes that the vast majority of teachers and administrators would never falsify test results, but that there can be exceptions.

By Jay Mathews  |  01:54 PM ET, 03/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:09 AM ET, 03/29/2011

School list reveals size of D.C. test answer erasure issue

By Jay Mathews  |  12:09 AM ET, 03/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:30 PM ET, 03/27/2011

Take back that blue ribbon, Secretary Duncan

A series in USA Today reveals that many of the D.C. schools whose sharp achievement gains brought rewards for their teachers and principals and praise for former chancellor Michelle Rhee had suspicious test results that were not investigated. Erasure data suggests cheating by educators.

By Jay Mathews  |  09:30 PM ET, 03/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 PM ET, 03/27/2011

IMPACT evaluations drain this D.C. principal

“I rarely am seen walking around the school since I have specific appointments to keep in the classrooms,” the principal said. “I can rarely compare what is happening from room to room since the visits are on different days at different times. The teachers have started commenting on the fact that the students rarely see me anymore . . . I feel my knowledge of specific students and their needs is slipping away.”

By Jay Mathews  |  08:00 PM ET, 03/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 03/25/2011

Vouchers work, but so what?

I have been beaten up before because of my lack of confidence in school vouchers as the wave of the future. A new study full of impressive data argues I am wrong, but American political biases still stand in vouchers’ way.

By Jay Mathews  |  05:30 AM ET, 03/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:40 PM ET, 03/23/2011

Parents too impatient in college search

Some people are visiting colleges in eighth grade and practicing the SAT in seventh. One vet­eran college counselor thinks even first semester of junior year may be too early.

By Jay Mathews  |  07:40 PM ET, 03/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 03/23/2011

KIPP and special education

The nation’s best-known charter school network responds to a reader’s query on how many of its kids have learning disabilities

By Jay Mathews  |  05:30 AM ET, 03/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 PM ET, 03/20/2011

Will super school work in D.C.?

Largely unnoticed, a proposed public charter school called BASIS DC will be the subject of a hearing Tuesday. It is the most challenging proven school model ever to get this close to reality in the city. But can a program that requires graduates to pass six AP tests succeed?

By Jay Mathews  |  08:00 PM ET, 03/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 03/18/2011

Admissions 101 reborn!

Over the weekend my discussion group Admissions 101, a favorite of those obsessed with the college search in America, drifted away from its moorings as we remade many of our blogs. It is back. We reveal its new address.

By Jay Mathews  |  12:09 PM ET, 03/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 03/18/2011

Arne Duncan’s useful exaggeration

Many experts say Education Secretary Arne Duncan inflated significantly his estimate of the number of schools that will miss their federal test score targets this year. Is this one way to persuade Congress to change the law that sets those targets? Could be.

By Jay Mathews  |  05:30 AM ET, 03/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 03/17/2011

KIPP, Baltimore Teacher’s Union reach agreement

The KIPP charter schools and the Baltimore Teachers Union have reached agreement on a 10-year contract extension.

By Jay Mathews  |  10:04 AM ET, 03/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:08 PM ET, 03/15/2011

Bring back textbooks

Some of us regularly celebrate the fact that we will never have to read another textbook. Kids suffer under their weight. The best teachers seem to be turning against them. But reading scholars are warning that we need those big old books more than we think.

By Jay Mathews  |  08:08 PM ET, 03/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:35 PM ET, 03/13/2011

8 ways to survive spring break with your kids

I consult with the finest educational experts about games and other quests, but my favorites include one in which I do nothing at all.

By Jay Mathews  |  06:35 PM ET, 03/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:49 PM ET, 03/12/2011

Five greatest high school TV series

I asked for help picking the five greatest high school TV series of all time. Some of the suggestions were strange. Some were way out of date. But both of those adjectives describe me pretty well, and apply in some way to my selections,

By Jay Mathews  |  08:49 PM ET, 03/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/08/2011

USA Today series forces look at cheating

A shocking USA Today series on suspicious ups and downs in scores will force us to talk about cheating.

By Jay Mathews  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:11 PM ET, 03/07/2011

Making students not just smarter but better

A new study suggests that good behavior and attitude can be taught.

By Jay Mathews  |  09:11 PM ET, 03/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 03/07/2011

Hiding kids’ SAT scores from them

This Bethesda family hid their children’s SAT scores from them. Why?

By Jay Mathews  |  03:26 PM ET, 03/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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