June 7, 2013 |
Students taking Virginia's Standards of Learning tests are likely to see lower scores than last year, thanks to the introduction of harder English and Science standards, state education officials reported Friday. While testing is underway in many schools, the Virginia Department of Education released preliminary statewide results for reading and science tests taken by high school students last fall and winter that showed passing rates dropping by as much as 14 percent. The drop in pass rates for fifth- and...
June 10, 2013 |
At the Ali al-Yaskari primary school, the classrooms are silent. In the morning, teachers sign their names on an attendance sheet to receive their salaries, then quickly leave without teaching a single course. A few students sit under a tree, idling away their time in the sandy schoolyard. "People are afraid to come," said Lawana Bura, 47, the only teacher in the school on a recent day. "That's why the classes are empty. " It has been that way, he said, since gunmen...
June 6, 2013 |
MOORESVILLE, N.C. — President Obama journeyed to a high-tech middle school here Thursday to announce plans to expand broadband and wireless Internet access to each of the nation's schools and libraries. Lamenting that the United States had fallen far behind rivals such as South Korea in connectivity, Obama said a new initiative called ConnectED would connect 99 percent of the nation's students with high-speed Internet within five years. "In a country where we expect free WiFi with our...
May 22, 2013 |
More than 100 teachers and other staff members at two D.C. schools learned this week that they must reapply for their jobs after Chancellor Kaya Henderson decided to "reconstitute" the schools in an effort to spur improvement. Cardozo High and Patterson Elementary schools have struggled for years with low test scores, and in such cases, Henderson has the power to reconstitute — remove an entire staff and then rebuild it. "When a school continues to underperform, DCPS has to take serious action to make...
August 21, 2008 |
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Seated at a solitary desk in the hall outside a classroom, the slender 13-year-old boy with a smile like a sunrise earnestly does remedial algebra, assisted by a paid tutor. She, too, is 13. Both wear the uniform -- white polo shirt, khaki slacks -- of a school that has not yet admitted the boy. It will, because he refuses to go away. The son of Indian immigrants from Mexico, the boy decided he is going to be a doctor, heard about the American Indian Public Charter School here and started showing up. Ben...
August 21, 2008
August 13-15, 18-21 : Professional days for teachers. 25 : First day of school for students. September 1 : Labor Day; schools closed. 26 : Professional day for teachers; no school for students. October 9 : Yom Kippur; schools closed. 17 : Maryland State Teachers Association Convention; schools closed. 31 : Grading and planning day for teachers; no school for students. November 4 : General Election; schools closed.