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Dunbar valedictorian talks about the challenges of transitioning from North Capitol Street to elite private college.

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What do standardized tests actually test?

What do standardized tests actually test?

Not as much as you might think.

D.C. students’ proficiency rates inch upward

Proficiency rates rise in math and reading, but only slightly, in final year for D.C. CAS tests.

School disciplinary suspensions plummet in Montgomery

School disciplinary suspensions plummet in Montgomery

Suspensions have fallen nearly 37 percent as county school officials look for other disciplinary approaches.

White House symposium focuses on family engagement

W.K. Kellogg foundation invested 13.7 million in grant recipients that promote parent leadership in schools.

District releases school-by-school DC CAS results

As usual, the results show wide performance variation among both traditional and charter schools.

Potomac turf field vote postponed following legal action

Montgomery school leaders ask for a delay following a lawsuit filed by a soccer organization.

A teacher asks Arne Duncan a gutsy question. Here’s the answer.

A teacher asks Arne Duncan a gutsy question. Here’s the answer.

What question would you ask Duncan if you had the chance?

How many colleges mishandle sexual assault cases -- and what to do about it

How many colleges mishandle sexual assault cases -- and what to do about it

Bipartisan legislation has just been introduced in Congress to improve the situation.

U-Va. Board of Visitors considers limiting public dissent

U-Va. Board of Visitors considers limiting public dissent

A draft policy seeks to unify the board by limiting Visitors’ ability to speak out when they disagree with decisions.

D.C. charter schools sue city, alleging unequal funding

D.C. charter schools sue city, alleging unequal funding

The federal lawsuit caps years of disputes over charter school funding, which comes from D.C. taxpayers.

Campbell Brown’s anti-union group uses union slogan

Campbell Brown’s anti-union group uses union slogan

Is imitation the sincerest form of flattery?

Richmond-area school to keep ‘Rebels’ team name

A student-led petition at Douglas Southall Freeman High in Henrico County garnered 1,200 signatures.

Respected science publication is fooled by The Onion

Respected science publication is fooled by The Onion

The story was about young kids being psychopaths.

Montgomery school board gives up district credit cards

Montgomery school board gives up district credit cards

Board members ditch cards after coming under fire in spring, when records showed improper charges.

Fairfax budget administrator promoted to top ranks

Kristen Michael will serve as the assistant superintendent for financial services.

Campbell Brown takes on teacher tenure in New York

Campbell Brown takes on teacher tenure in New York

Former CNN anchor turned activist files New York lawsuit, saying tenure, other job protections hurt children.

Montgomery soccer group files suit against school system

Winston Churchill High turf project moving forward as group alleges bidding process was flawed, unfair.

50 Virginia college presidents protest Obama’s planned school rating system

50 Virginia college presidents protest Obama’s planned school rating system

They say poor students could be harmed. Read the letter the presidents sent.

That kid in class who utterly infuriated me

That kid in class who utterly infuriated me

Every teacher has at least one student who is very, very difficult to reach.

‘Education reform’ now a pejorative term to many progressive Democrats

‘Education reform’ now a pejorative term to many progressive Democrats

The evidence was clear at this month’s Netroots Nation convention.

Traversing two D.C.s, from Dunbar High to Georgetown U.

Traversing two D.C.s, from Dunbar High to Georgetown U.

Dunbar valedictorian talks about the challenges of transitioning from North Capitol Street to elite private college.

In Richmond, students seek to revive ‘Rebel’ mascot

At Freeman High School in Henrico County, a student-led petition to field a Rebel mascot has 1,200 signatures.

The stages of your vacation from work and school

Displayed in one graph.

Students catch school superintendent plagiarizing part of commencement speech

Students catch school superintendent plagiarizing part of commencement speech

He was the second Massachusetts superintendent to be accused of plagiarizing a speech this summer.

Workers find remnants of original U-Va. Rotunda

Workers find remnants of original U-Va. Rotunda

While restoring the University of Virginia’s iconic Rotunda, workers found pieces of its Jeffersonian past.

‘I’m the decider,’ Christie tells mayor

‘I’m the decider,’ Christie tells mayor

The N.J. governor is nothing if not consistent in his indifference to the Newark’s concerns over school reform.

Actually, practice doesn’t always make perfect

Actually, practice doesn’t always make perfect

New meta-analysis finds that more time practicing something doesn’t always help you learn how to do it well.

Montgomery gives go-ahead to schools’ tech initiative

The school system’s plan is designed to bring 40,000 laptops and tablets into classrooms in the coming year.

Fairfax approves funds for full-day Mondays at elementary schools

The vote was unanimous to approve the $7.6 million funding effort. The money came from a budget surplus.