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11/02/2015
by Evie Blad
November 2, 2015
 
Cellphone videos of the violent arrest of an African American girl in a South Carolina classroom spread quickly online last week, thrusting an ongoing heated debate about race, discipline and the appropriate role of police in schools into the national spotlight.
 
The videos show Ben Fields, a local sheriff's deputy who worked as a school resource officer at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina, knocking the unidentified high school student's desk over as he grab
10/31/2015
by Michael Alison Chandler
October 31, 2015
 
At Achievement Prep, the test scores of low-income African American children rival those at wealthy neighborhood schools. Over at DC Prep, middle school graduates routinely go on to top high schools.
10/30/2015
by Natalie Wexler
October 30, 2015
 
On Tuesday, officials released dismal scores from the new Common Core-aligned tests students in the District took last spring. The next day, another set of scores showed DC students improving faster than those in the rest of the country.
10/28/2015
by Emma Brown
October 28, 2015
 
Fourth graders and eighth graders across the United States lost ground on national mathematics tests this year, the first declines in scores since the federal government began administering the exams in 1990.
 
Reading performance also was sobering: Eighth grade scores dropped, according to results released Wednesday, while fourth grade performance was stagnant compared with 2013, the last time students took the test.
 
And the tests again show large
10/28/2015
by Michael Alison Chandler
October 28, 2015
 
High school scores ranged widely on the new PARCC assessments that were released this week.
10/27/2015
by Michael Alison Chandler
October 27, 2015
 
Just 10 percent of District students who took a new standardized Geometry test and 25 percent of students who took a new high school English test met proficiency standards designed to reflect whether they are on track to enter college or begin careers after graduation.
 
Results also show a stark achievement gap, with 52 percent of white students scoring proficient or better on the Geometry test, compared to 8 percent of Hispanic students and 4 percent of black stud
10/23/2015
by Michael Alison Chandler
October 23, 2015
 
Robert Simmons, an urban education professor who joined DC Public Schools last year to build programs for minority boys, is leaving as his initiative is just getting underway.
 
Simmons, who held a senior-level position as the school system’s chief of innovation and research, confirmed in an interview that Friday is his last day on the job.
10/21/2015
by Michael Alison Chandler
October 21, 2015
 
The DC State Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday evening to set what board members called a rigorous proficiency score in anticipation of soon-to-be released results from the new standardized tests administered last year. 
 
The test, known as the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers—or PARCC—is considered more difficult than the city’s previous test, the DC CAS, and proficiency rates are expected to be lo
10/21/2015
by Lyndsey Layton
October 21, 2015
 
House Republicans approved a bill Wednesday to extend the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program, the only federally funded, private school voucher program for K-12 students, through 2021.
 
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) authored the bill, which for the first time would require that some students with vouchers take the same standardized tests in math and reading administered to public school students in the District.
10/20/2015
by Michael Alison Chandler
October 20, 2015
 
Student enrollment continues to climb in DC public schools, according to unaudited numbers released Tuesday by the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education.
 
Enrollment reached 87,749 this school year, up two percent from the previous year, based on an annual enrollment audit each fall.
 
The uptick represents the seventh consecutive year of growth in the public schools after decades of declines.
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