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09/09/2014

by Denisa R. Superville
September 9, 2014

Despite a trove of data on teacher effectiveness that has accumulated from the rollout of teacher-evaluation systems in recent years, many principals are not using that information to guide decisions about hiring, assignments, and professional development, according to the findings in a report scheduled for release this week by Vanderbilt University researchers.

09/08/2014

by Petula Dvorak
September 8, 2014

Avery Gagliano is a commanding young pianist who attacks Chopin with the focused diligence of a master craftsman and the grace of a ballet dancer.

The prodigy, who just turned 13, was one of 12 musicians selected from across the globe to play at a prestigious event in Munich last year and has won competitions and headlined with orchestras nationwide.

09/08/2014

by David Leonhardt
September 8, 2014

Vassar has taken steps to hold down spending on faculty and staff. Amherst and the University of Florida have raised new money specifically to spend on financial aid for low-income students. American University reallocated scholarships from well-off students to needy ones. Grinnell set a floor on the share of every freshman class – 15 percent – whose parents didn’t go to college.

09/08/2014

by Michael Alison Chandler
September 8, 2014

The District is looking for a “Chief Student Advocate” to lead a new effort to help students and their families navigate the school choice process and access educational resources they need. The person will lead a newly created “Office of the Student Advocate” within the D.C. State Board of Education that was approved by the D.C. Council last year.  It’s part of an effort to make the school system more accessible and to boost parent engagement.

09/06/2014

 By Motoko Rich
September 6, 2014

As Tommie Leaders, 22, approached college graduation last spring, his professors told him he would have no trouble getting hired. “You’re a guy teaching elementary, ” they said.

Mr. Leaders, who earned his education degree from the University of Nebraska in June, started teaching fifth grade last month in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He is the only male teacher in the building.

09/05/2014

by Michael Alison Chandler
September 5, 2014

09/05/2014

by Aaron C. Davis
September 5, 2014

Independent mayoral candidate Carol Schwartz proposed a wide-ranging list of school reforms Friday, including low-interest loans and tax breaks to retain veteran teachers, a tougher solution to counter truancy and a more holistic approach to evaluating students than standardized test scores. Schwartz, a former Republican D.C. Council member who is seeking a political comeback in November’s mayoral race, jumped into one of the city’s most vexing issues, education, with a 15 -page white paper.

09/05/2014
by Michael Alison Chandler
September 5, 2014

The Obama administration on Friday approved the District’s request for a one-year extension of its waiver from key parts of the federal education law known as No Child Left Behind. The extension, which will run through the end of this academic year, includes provisions that expand support for schools that are struggling the most and push back the use of science tests in determining a school’s performance.
09/04/2014

 September 4, 2014 

09/04/2014

by Shana Bartley  
September 4, 2014

These 3 maps show where poor kids live in DC, and how students in each neighborhood score on standardized tests in reading and math. They're a vivid illustration of the connection between poverty and low test scores.

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