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Class Struggle: June, 2011

Posted at 07:07 PM ET, 06/30/2011

Why I will miss Nancy Grasmick

I usually ignore state school superintendents. They are too far from the classroom to do much good. But the latest achievement results in Maryland show state school superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick to be an exception to that rule.

By Jay Mathews  |  07:07 PM ET, 06/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:12 PM ET, 06/29/2011

Reader raises vital issue: classroom misbehavior

It has to be solved before much learning can take place. What do the most successful teachers do?

By Jay Mathews  |  06:12 PM ET, 06/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 06/26/2011

Numbers that private schools fear

I don’t include private schools in my annual high school rankings because many of them won’t share their data with me.

By Jay Mathews  |  01:25 PM ET, 06/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 06/24/2011

A House Republican challenges Obama on NCLB waivers

A senior House Republican on education issues challenged the Obama administration’s plan to use executive authority to ease some punitive provisions of federal education law for states that are taking steps to improve schools.

By Michael Alison Chandler  |  01:57 PM ET, 06/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:43 PM ET, 06/22/2011

Who cares about PE? I do.

A Fairfax parent points out that her daughter’s PE class does not work well because all students are not held to a good standard. She doesn’t think this is soluble. What do you think?

By Jay Mathews  |  07:43 PM ET, 06/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 06/22/2011

Is knowing history so important?

The pundits are in a lather over the latest school history scores---pretty bad. But it turns out the Greatest Generation didn’t know much, either.

By Jay Mathews  |  10:39 AM ET, 06/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:49 AM ET, 06/21/2011

Welcoming a new school rating scoundrel

By Jay Mathews  |  08:49 AM ET, 06/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:35 PM ET, 06/19/2011

Cheating? What cheating?

D.C. Council members showed little interest in the widespread occurrence of wrong-to-right erasures on the city schools’ annual assessment tests. It looks like the investigation of these incidents is not being taken seriously. That could mean ruin for public education in D.C., just as it seemed to be improving.

By Jay Mathews  |  05:35 PM ET, 06/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 06/16/2011

Flaws in my college-for-all fix

I think we should prepare all high schoolers for college because even if they decide not to go, they will need those skills. But I have found holes in my argument.

By Jay Mathews  |  05:30 AM ET, 06/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 06/15/2011

Administrators who want to push harder

Two high school administrators share the belief that they are not giving all of their students the enriched education they need.

By Jay Mathews  |  02:54 PM ET, 06/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:08 PM ET, 06/12/2011

How a high school sells my house

First I have to persuade you that the local high school is worth it. I am beginning to wonder if that huge emphasis on school quality makes sense, at least when buying homes in the Washington area.

By Jay Mathews  |  05:08 PM ET, 06/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 06/09/2011

Changing how gifted students think

A little known science magnet in the county next to the one that houses the famous Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology is showing it too can shine.

By Jay Mathews  |  05:30 AM ET, 06/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:33 PM ET, 06/07/2011

Better teacher evaluations may not help much

Many districts are straining to make their assessments distinguish clearly between good and bad teachers, but new research suggests to me that this is not going to help students much.

By Jay Mathews  |  06:33 PM ET, 06/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 06/07/2011

Montgomery, Fairfax lead in high school graduation rates

Montgomery and Fairfax county schools continue to lead the nation in high school graduation rates, according to a ranking of the largest school systems made public Tuesday.

By Michael Alison Chandler  |  12:48 PM ET, 06/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 06/07/2011

World-beating: A weird school measure

A new National Research Council report suggests that if we have not come close to the top countries in school achievement, then we have failed and should try something different than testing accountability systems. That seems risky to me.

By Jay Mathews  |  05:30 AM ET, 06/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 06/06/2011

Presidential wannabes mum on schools

Want to find out how the 2012 candidates will fix our schools? Good luck with that. They don’t say much.

By Jay Mathews  |  10:45 AM ET, 06/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 06/02/2011

‘Bridging Differences’ needs more difference

“Bridging Differences,” a conversation between education icons Deborah Meier and Diane Ravitch, is one of my favorite blogs. But these days they agree with each other too much, contrary to the blog’s original purpose. So let’s pick someone to add a bit more difference to Bridging Differences.

By Jay Mathews  |  01:14 PM ET, 06/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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