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High school course too tough for you? That’s good.

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Jay Mathews -- My wife surfs the Internet more than I do and delights in sharing her discoveries. “You’ll like this comment,” she said last week. A reader wrote that the rising number of students failing Advanced Placement tests “could be a response to Jay Mathews’ ridiculous Challenge Index.”

1 comments | Tags: jay mathews advanced placement challenge index avid | Topic: Secondary BAD >_<

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Don’t go overboard praising China’s schools

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Jay Mathews -- The experts who tell us to learn from China often ignore its pervasive and depressing testing system.

1 comments | Tags: jay mathews china asian education systems student achievement creativity | Topic: Education Policy BAD >_<

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Children learn much from field trips that they can’t get from lectures or textbooks

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Jay Mathews -- The field trip, once woven into the American school experience, is in decline. More than half of schools eliminated at least some planned field trips in 2010-2011, according to the American Association of School Administrators. The practice might diminish even further if we don’t do something about it.

1 comments | Tags: crystal bridges university of arkansas american association of school administrators field trips jay mathews | Topic: Education Policy BAD >_<

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Beware Chinese data: Its schools might not be so great

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Jay Mathews -- Tom Loveless, a leading expert on international testing, throws cold water on high Shanghai scores.

2 comments | Tags: shanghia china tom loveless jay mathews program for international student assessment | Topic: Education Policy BAD >_<

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I’m no Common Core fan, but give it a chance

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Jay Mathews -- "Teachers want to try Common Core, so let them."

0 comments | Tags: jay mathews ccss advanced placement statistics ap calculus college board | Topic: Education Policy BAD >_<

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Why geniuses don’t need gifted education

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Jay Mathews -- Public schools are mostly successful at finding people who know how to teach English, math, history and science, but we don’t know how to encourage creativity very well and might find it better to let the gifted do their own exploring.

0 comments | Tags: jay mathews genetic studies of genius project lewis terman warren buffett creativity | Topic: Gifted Programs BAD >_<

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Do parents want to see test results in 2014?

eduK8 sumitted ago via http://www.washingtonpost.com (Views: 88, Clicks: 4)  
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Jay Mathews - Several Virginia school boards and other prominent groups have asked the General Assembly to junk the current testing system in favor of something deeper and smarter that takes less time. The D.C. school administration is struggling over how best to score its annual exams. Montgomery County is wondering what to do about low scores on several annual tests it gives high school students. This might be a good time for a testing holiday.

1 comments | Tags: jay mathews virginia state testing standarized testing ccss | Topic: Education Policy BAD >_<

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How to detect inflated grades at your school

nitajo sumitted ago via http://www.washingtonpost.com (Views: 61, Clicks: 4)  
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Grade inflation in U.S. schools is both troublesome and common. We don’t want our children entering college or the workplace wrongly thinking they can handle the challenge because of lies on their report cards. Fortunately, there are ways for parents to check their school’s commitment to reality.

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Surprising split in school reformer monolith

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Jay Mathews - Two U.S. education reform leaders have split over worth of rapidly growing online schools.

1 comments | Tags: diane ratvich jay mathews online schools virtual schools | Topic: Online Learning BAD >_<

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Sad tales of AP tests gone wrong

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Jay Mathews - Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses are the most challenging assignments in most U.S. high schools. The AP exams, written and graded by outside experts including college faculty, are usually three hours long and contain several essay questions. They are much tougher than typical high school course finals. It is exasperating to be told you have to do it again because of someone else’s mistake.

1 comments | Tags: jay mathews college board advanced placement program administrative errors advanced placement | Topic: Secondary BAD >_<

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There’s an embarrassing flaw in STEM, the hottest school trend

nitajo sumitted ago via http://www.washingtonpost.com (Views: 48, Clicks: 4)  
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Jay Mathews -- U.S. education lusts for STEM. Prepare to be pitied if you ask at a school conference what the acronym means (science, technology, engineering, math). There are STEM schools, STEM programs, STEM books, STEM experts. STEM grant applications get more respect. Everybody says STEM careers mean more money. I Googled STEM and got 146 million results.

3 comments | Tags: jay mathews stem education technology engineering mathematics | Topic: Higher Education BAD >_<

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AVID college prep system quietly spreads here

nitajo sumitted ago via http://www.washingtonpost.com (Views: 87, Clicks: 15)  
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Jay Mathews -- The largest and, as far as I can tell, the most effective college readiness program in the country is called AVID, short for Advancement Via Individual Determination. It was created by a San Diego English teacher in 1980 to help 32 average kids from low-income families develop academic and life skills. Now it has 250,000 students in 48 states, the District and several foreign countries, more than 90 percent of whom go on to college.

1 comments | Tags: jay mathews avid college readiness advancement via individual determination | Topic: Secondary BAD >_<

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Why top teacher ignores latest reform directives

nitajo sumitted ago via http://www.washingtonpost.com (Views: 66, Clicks: 4)  
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Jay Mathews -- I think Rafe Esquith is America’s best teacher. So why is he telling educators to disobey orders?

1 comments | Tags: los angeles unified school district rafe esquith jay mathews common core state standards | Topic: Education Policy BAD >_<

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Why schools refuse to let exams go home

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Test security honored at schools.

0 comments | Tags: montgomery county maryland jay mathews math curriculum secure assessments test security | Topic: Education Policy BAD >_<

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Why test failures can lead to success

nitajo sumitted ago via http://www.washingtonpost.com (Views: 112, Clicks: 6)  
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When Dylan Presman, president of the Rockville High School PTSA, discovered that a majority of Montgomery County high school students were failing countywide final math exams, he said, “When you’re talking about half a group failing, there’s something seriously wrong.”

2 comments | Tags: montgomery county maryland end of instruction tests achievement gap math curriculum jay mathews | Topic: Secondary BAD >_<

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