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Class Struggle: April, 2011

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 04/29/2011

KIPP criticizes its college graduation record

The national charter school network has produced a higher than average college graduation rate for low-income students, but it concludes that is not nearly enough.

By Jay Mathews  |  05:30 AM ET, 04/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 04/28/2011

D.C. should decline this award

The annual Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leadership Award is a fine event, recognizing many great principals. But this year I think the D.C. schools should rethink their selection of Cheryl Warley and decline the award because of the cloud surrounding the school’s test scores.

By Jay Mathews  |  05:30 AM ET, 04/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 04/27/2011

Rejected by America’s best high school

How to miss out on the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology admissions process by just having one recommendation arrive a day late.

By Jay Mathews  |  04:25 PM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:23 PM ET, 04/26/2011

Great brains tackle teacher evaluation, and lose

The Brookings Institution put some of America’s best minds to work on a solution to the problem of how to evaluate teachers. Their recommendations convince me we will never have a good system of rating individual teachers.

By Jay Mathews  |  02:23 PM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 04/25/2011

Stressed by choosing a college? Read these 5 tips.

Your whole life depends on your decision. Or does it? Check out these tips for easing the stress of choosing a school.

By Jay Mathews  |  12:06 PM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:49 PM ET, 04/20/2011

Brilliant solution for college admissions stress

Worried that you or your child is too emotionally invested in the hunt for a great college? I have the solution, stolen from another writer.

By Jay Mathews  |  09:49 PM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 04/20/2011

Seven misconceptions about value-added measures

Douglas N. Harris, an associate professor of educational policy studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is among the legion of economists who have provided some of the most interesting takes on the national school debate.

By Jay Mathews  |  05:30 AM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 04/19/2011

Finding common ground on KIPP

Oklahoma teacher John Thompson has published a plea for common ground on the debate over the successful KIPP charter school network.

By Jay Mathews  |  09:50 AM ET, 04/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:49 PM ET, 04/17/2011

Great colleges, ignorant policies

Our best colleges and universities say they will do everything they can to help high schools challenge their students. They don’t mean it. Without bothering to find out why, they are still forcing thousands of IB students to take AP exams, wasting student time and money.

By Jay Mathews  |  07:49 PM ET, 04/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:51 PM ET, 04/14/2011

Gripping saga in a bad school

Alexander Russo’s story of the difficult remaking of Locke High, once considered to be the country’s worst high school, has drama and excitement, even as he reveals that no miracles occurred.

By Jay Mathews  |  08:51 PM ET, 04/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 PM ET, 04/13/2011

New report from KIPP’s leading academic critic

Gary Miron and his team from Western Michigan University say KIPP, the nation’s most successful charter school network, has an unfair advantage because many low-performing students leave and because it raises so much money. Is this the best way to measure schools?

By Jay Mathews  |  08:00 PM ET, 04/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 04/12/2011

Harvard education expert attacks Rhee critics

The battle over Michelle A. Rhee’s record as D.C. schools chancellor has become a national clash, with scholars of every ideological bent joining the fray.

By Jay Mathews  |  02:55 PM ET, 04/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 04/11/2011

Weast’s record in Montgomery, by the numbers

A postscript to the exit interview with Montgomery School Superintendent Jerry D. Weast.

By Nick Anderson  |  02:32 PM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 04/11/2011

Jerry Weast’s parting thoughts on charter schools and other issues

More from an “exit interview” with Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Jerry Weast.

By Nick Anderson  |  12:00 PM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:12 PM ET, 04/10/2011

Exposing a Blue Ribbon School

Noyes Education Campus in D.C. became a Blue Ribbon School in 2009 because of its soaring test scores. But a USA Today investigation suggests that school administrators faked the results. The U.S. Education Department has never rescinded a blue ribbon, but it should consider it in this case.

By Jay Mathews  |  06:12 PM ET, 04/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 04/08/2011

Me vs. creator of ‘Race to Nowhere’

As promised in my Monday column about the popular new documentary “Race to Nowhere,” here is the e-mail dialogue filmmaker Vicki Abeles had with me, a back-and-forth communication over the past month or so

By Jay Mathews  |  05:30 AM ET, 04/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 04/06/2011

Parents, teachers clash over movies in class

Using Hollywood films as post-test de-stressers caused these parents to complain. Were they wrong?

By Jay Mathews  |  05:30 AM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 PM ET, 04/03/2011

Why ‘Race to Nowhere’ documentary is wrong

Parents, students and teachers are flocking to screenings of the documentary “Race to Nowhere,” which suggests that America is in the grip of an academic pressure cooker. It’s not true. Only our wealthiest neighborhoods, the top 10 percent, have this problem. Most high school kids get little pressure at all.

By Jay Mathews  |  08:00 PM ET, 04/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 04/01/2011

Guaranteeing my future employment

Good news relevant to this vital question comes from the Brookings Institution, who seem not to know that newspapers and education writing are doomed

By Jay Mathews  |  05:30 AM ET, 04/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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