Class Struggle: Montgomery County

Posted at 08:00 PM ET, 11/14/2010

Top district lets average kids lag behind

The High School Assessment and Advanced Placement results put out so proudly by the Montgomery County school system suggest that it is among the best districts in the country, but that country has seen no significant increase in math or reading achievement for 17-year-olds in 30 years. Dan Stephens, who teaches math at Northwood High School, thinks he knows why. It is a reason I have never heard before from his renowned district.

By Jay Mathews  |  08:00 PM ET, 11/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro Monday | Tags:  Dan Stephens, Dana Tofig, Montgomery County schools, county says this won't work, countywide final exams, he suggests making them retake the course if final test grade is less than 50 percent, teachers says study flunk county final but still pass the course, what will?

Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 09/15/2010

What D.C. schools could learn from the suburbs

Some of our suburban districts have made great strides in raising the achievement of low-income students with energetic policies that had to overcome resistance.

By Jay Mathews  |  06:00 PM ET, 09/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local Living | Tags:  Arlington focus on black and Hispanic student achievement, D.C. suburbs have success in raising low income student achievement, Fairfax AP and IB programs, Montgomery County reading program

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 12/17/2009

Extra Credit: Are we dumbing down 9th grade physics?

I recently looked on the MCPS website and I see that the review for semester A Physics 2010 is now releasing the questions, worth 15 % of the exam, in advance. These are specific questions, not topic guidelines. Any teacher can give the answers the day before the test and the answers will be regurgitated word for word on test day.

By Jay Mathews  |  12:23 PM ET, 12/17/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Extra Credit | Tags:  9th grade physics, Anita O'Neill, Montgomery County, science course sequence, watered down tests

Posted at 04:03 PM ET, 12/01/2009

How to raise minority participation in Advanced Placement

My colleague Nelson Hernandez reports on the extraordinary progress Montgomery County has made raising both participation and success in college-level courses in high school. Black and Hispanic students in the county are also doing significantly better on AP tests...

By Jay Mathews  |  04:03 PM ET, 12/01/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Jay on the Web | Tags:  Advanced Placement, Montgomery County