National Education News
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The International Baccalaureate is a non-profit educational foundation that offers several intellectually challenging programs for students from the ages of 3 to 19 that are used in schools around the world. In the United States, there are some 1,495 schools that offer one or more of the IB programs, and there are more than 1 million students in IB programs in more than 3,700 schools in 147 countries.Read full article >>
St. Ann’s Academy, a private Catholic elementary and middle school that has been part of its Northwest Washington community for decades, will close at the end of this academic year because of declining enrollment and a large budget gap.Read full article >>
The U.S. Department of Education is allowing California to bypass federal requirements by giving standardized tests in math and reading to millions of public school students this spring without publicly reporting results or using them to hold schools or teachers accountable.Read full article >>
Students at the District’s Eliot-Hine Middle School formally launched a new joint television-radio broadcast program Friday, choosing Chancellor Kaya Henderson as their interview subject for the half-hour show.Read full article >>
The school year in Montgomery County could be extended until June 19 -- a week longer than expected -- unless the county seeks out and receives a state waiver, officials say.
So far, Montgomery schools have been closed nine days for severe winter weather — five days more than planned when the calendar was created by the school board. State law requires at least 180 days of instruction.Read full article >>
They still don’t get it.
The Obama administration still apparently thinks -- despite evidence to the contrary -- that it can achieve “educational equity” by holding a contest with winners and losers.
When the $4.35 billion Race to the Top was first announced in 2009 as the administration’s chief education initiative, it was promoted as an effort to en sure that every student was “college and career ready” and to achieve “educational equity” by aggressively ”turning around” the lowest-performing schools (or by closing them if they didn’t turn around fast enough.)Read full article >>