Social worker’s nightmare: The day he discovered Relisha Rudd was missing

Principal Vielka Scott-Marcus at Relisha's school. (R. Carioti/Post)

School official set off a frantic search when 8-year-old’s ‘doctor’ turned out to be a homeless shelter janitor.

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Why civil rights groups say parents who opt out of tests are hurting kids

Why civil rights groups say parents who opt out of tests are hurting kids

The backlash against standardized tests makes it impossible to measure student achievement gaps, they say.

Analysis: Harvard faculty, researchers donated overwhelming to Democrats

Analysis: Harvard faculty, researchers donated overwhelming to Democrats

Here’s what the student newspaper, the Harvard Crimson, found.

‘Imagine if we celebrated teachers as much as we celebrate athletes and celebrities’

‘Imagine if we celebrated teachers as much as we celebrate athletes and celebrities’

Some thoughts about teacher, during Teacher Appreciation Week, and on National Teacher Day.

A school that shows what is possible for children

There are schools that have rejected the high-stakes culture of fear that has come to define American education in favor of core values that emphasize more holistic goals such as intellectual and creative growth.

Maryland high school senior killed on the brink of prom, graduation

Maryland high school senior killed on the brink of prom, graduation

Weekend crash leaves relatives and Howard High School friends mourning 18-year-old Garrett Bonin.

Charter school founder, company agree to pay $3 million to settle lawsuit

Charter school founder, company agree to pay $3 million to settle lawsuit

Kent Amos, of Community Academy, had been accused of diverting taxpayer funds for personal gain.

Should higher education aim to secure students a paycheck, fulfillment … or both?

Should higher education aim to secure students a paycheck, fulfillment … or both?

REVIEW: President of Northeastern University argues that liberal arts education needs to add “New Literacy” to help students fulfill both earthly appetites and their souls.

Accepted to all eight Ivies, Virginia student makes her decision: Harvard

Accepted to all eight Ivies, Virginia student makes her decision: Harvard

Thomas Jefferson High senior Pooja Chandrashekar got into 14 colleges and plans to study bioengineering.

‘This really isn’t kindergarten anymore’

‘This really isn’t kindergarten anymore’

‘We are expecting more from children at an earlier age, yet children are less prepared to learn than ever before.’ Here’s why.

Students become ‘citizen scientists,’ track D.C.’s wildlife with cameras

Students become ‘citizen scientists,’ track D.C.’s wildlife with cameras

Their surprising discoveries — including a flock of wild turkeys — will be used by Smithsonian researchers.

From Hurricane Katrina to Howard University, a young woman’s odyssey

From Hurricane Katrina to Howard University, a young woman’s odyssey

Talitha Halley’s graduation marks a major triumph over adversity as she rose from childhood devastation.

Tulip Grove science teacher named Prince George’s teacher of the year

Renee Roth has spent years in Prince George’s schools and will represent the county in the statewide contest.

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How video games could make our kids smarter and learning more engaging

How video games could make our kids smarter and learning more engaging

A new book by Greg Toppo goes deep into a world alien to many adults but one that may be the way forward.

Why the movement to opt out of Common Core tests is a big deal

Why the movement to opt out of Common Core tests is a big deal

Opt out is far bigger than a test refusal event.

Some Baltimore youth have fears of police reinforced in their schools

Some Baltimore youth have fears of police reinforced in their schools

City campuses account for 90 percent of Maryland’s school-based arrests. Some don’t view police as protectors.

This Baltimore teen will give you hope for the future

This Baltimore teen will give you hope for the future

Darius Craig wants the city’s young people to use their voices.

Howard U.’s president: An unusual pitch to help ‘prospective graduates’ pay debts

Howard U.’s president:  An unusual pitch to help ‘prospective graduates’ pay debts

Howard President Wayne A.I. Frederick asks alumni to clear debts of seniors ranging from $313.50 to $27,871.75.

Howard U. asks alumni to help clear student debts before graduation

Howard U. asks alumni to help clear student debts before graduation

The university president says 180 seniors won’t be eligible for commencement until their balances are cleared.

Are government officials trying to intimidate parents who resist testing?

Are government officials trying to intimidate parents who resist testing?

A look at the threats -- and whether the warnings have any bite.

D.C. seniors announce their choices in first ‘College Signing Day’

D.C. seniors announce their choices in first ‘College Signing Day’

The event at GWU was organized in response to Michelle Obama’s “Reach Higher” initiative.

U-Va. announces award honoring Hannah Graham, the sophomore who was killed last fall

U-Va. announces award honoring Hannah Graham, the sophomore who was killed last fall

The award will help students who share Graham’s interests in French culture, global health and volunteer work

Va. attorney general offers to help Sweet Briar opponents reach a compromise

Va. attorney general offers to help Sweet Briar opponents reach a compromise

The Virginia Attorney General’s office offers to help find a resolution to the Sweet Briar College case; as the school heads towards closing, vocal supporters have filed lawsuits to keep it open.

Teacher: I am not against Common Core or testing -- but here’s my line in the sand

Teacher: I am not against Common Core or testing -- but here’s my line in the sand

A teacher examines Common Core test questions after being trained in how to score the tests. Then she asks: ‘What do I do as a teacher when asked to perform an act that goes against my conscience?

Self-image matters: Helping kids see themselves as readers

The last of five posts about kids and reading by cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham.

D.C. friends win Gates scholarships, will have college costs covered

D.C. friends win Gates scholarships, will have college costs covered

The teens are students at Columbia Heights Education Campus, which has had four winners since 2008.

Delisle to leave Education Department

The assistant secretary is joining the nonprofit Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Atlanta judge reduces sentences for three educators in cheating case

Atlanta judge reduces sentences for three educators in cheating case

Judge Jerry Baxter said he made the change “so I can live with it.”

On a brother’s suicide: ‘I wish I had never told him to go to counseling’

On a brother’s suicide: ‘I wish I had never told him to go to counseling’

GRADE POINT | A William and Mary alumna worries about mental-health policies that can force students out.

Montgomery elects new student member of school board

Montgomery elects new student member of school board

Sophomore from Bethesda-Chevy Chase elected to school board for 2015-2016 school year.