February 21, 2013 | The Gazette
They serve as means to gauge progress
As many of the state’s 24 school systems continue to struggle with crafting teacher and principal evaluations that reliably measure effectiveness, the pressures on local officials continue to mount. School systems were required to submit their evaluation proposals to the state, and Feb. 1, nine counties found out formally that their plans had been rejected. Revised plans must be resubmitted by May 15.
State Superintendent Lillian M. Lowery met with local superintendents that Friday. She went over how state law impacts the evaluation process for teachers and principals — more specifically, the state’s Education Reform Act of 2010 and its waiver for the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
February 21, 2013 | Kate S. Alexander, The Gazette
Streamlined development, increased English literacy and closing the achievement gap are just three of the ways Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett plans to move the county forward.
Leggett spoke Wednesday to a packed house at the Silver Spring Civic Building that included Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) of Mitchellville and state Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot (D) of Takoma Park.
February 20, 2013 | Caralee Adams, Education Week
Nearly one in five public high school graduates in the class of 2012 passed an Advanced Placement exam, reflecting a steady increase in performance over the past decade, new data released today by the College Board show.
Last year, 19.5 percent of graduates scored a 3 or higher, which is considered a passing grade on a scale of 1 to 5. That is up from 18.1 percent who passed in 2011 and 11.6 percent among the class of 2002.
February 20, 2013 | Sara Blumburg, Maryland Gazette
Just three miles apart, Glen Burnie and North County High Schools are seeing different results as they try to boost their graduation rates.
The percentage of Glen Burnie High’s senior class who graduated last year improved but still teetered at 78 percent, below the statewide goal of 82.70 — the worst graduation rate in Anne Arundel County for at least the third year in a row, according to new data from the Maryland State Department of Education.
February 19, 2013 | Esther French, Wheaton Patch
"Frustration." That's the first word that comes to Dr. Eric Minus's mind when he thinks about the achievement gap--the disparity in academic successes between white or Asian students and African American or Latino students.
Minus is the principal at John F. Kennedy High School in Wheaton, a school where 84 percent of the students are African American or Latino, he said.
February 19, 2013 | Lyndsey Layton, The Washington Post
The nation must act urgently to close the achievement gap between poor and privileged children by changing the way public schools are financed, improving teacher quality, investing in early-childhood education and demanding greater accountability down to the local school board level, according to a report issued Tuesday by an expert panel.
Created by Congress in 2010 — with legislation sponsored by Reps. Michael M. Honda (D-Calif.) and Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.) — the Equity and Excellence Commission aimed to propose ways to improve public education for poor American children. The 27-member panel included state and federal officials, civil rights activists and academics.
February 19, 2013 | Nayana Davis, Arbutus Patch
Though his original proposal was rejected, Superintendent Dallas Dance said Baltimore County Public Schools won't adopt the "generic" state teacher evaluation plan.
"We'll go back to the drawing board with our folks," Dance said.
Dance has until May to present the Maryland State Department of Education with an alternate proposal.
February 15, 2013 | Jesse Yeatman, Southern Maryland News
Michael Martirano was reappointed Wednesday as superintendent of St. Mary’s public schools for a third four-year-term.
Though contract details still must be worked out between the board of education and superintendent, Sal Raspa, school board chair, organized a ceremony to honor Martirano’s continued tenure on the job he has held since 2005.
February 15, 2013 | Editorial Staff, The New York Times
Even before the cost estimates and program details have been made public, President Obama’s proposal for expanding high-quality preschool education has encountered criticism from House Republicans. Yet decades of research has shown that well-designed preschool programs more than pay for themselves by giving young children the skills they need to move ahead. The challenge at the federal level will be to make sure that taxpayer dollars flow to proven, high-quality programs instead of being wasted on subsidies for glorified day care.
February 15, 2013 | Julie Rasicot, Bethesda Magazine
During his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama called upon the country’s public high schools to redesign themselves so that they “better equip graduates for the demands of a high-tech economy.”
“We’ll reward schools that develop new partnerships with colleges and employers, and create classes that focus on science, technology, engineering, and math—the skills today’s employers are looking for to fill jobs right now and in the future,” Obama said.