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The Answer Sheet Archive: Montgomery County Public Schools

Montgomery County admits kids were pushed too hard in math

The highly regarded Montgomery County Public Schools now admits that it has been pushing too many kids into accelerated math when they weren't ready and will stop it. A lot of parents are going to lose bragging rights at cocktail parties.

By Valerie Strauss  | November 5, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Math, Montgomery County Public Schools, Parents  | Tags:  accelerated math, common core standards, math, math programs, moco, moco schools, montgomery county public schools, montgomery county schools  
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MCPS selling its reputation to Pearson

Some may call Project North Star a pretty smart deal. I would use less flattering words to describe the deal into which Montgomery County Public Schools just entered with the world’s largest for-profit educational publishing company to nationally “brand” a newly created K-5 curriculum.

By Valerie Strauss  | June 9, 2010; 4:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Montgomery County Public Schools  | Tags:  mcps, mcps curriculum, montgomery county public schools, pearson and montgomery county schools, pearson education, pearson education and curriculum, project north star  
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Principal: Why Helen Thomas was dropped as school speaker

Here's the letter that the principal of Walt Whitman High School in Maryland sent to his community explaining why journalist Helen Thomas was being dropped as graduation speaker.

By Valerie Strauss  | June 7, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Montgomery County Public Schools  | Tags:  helen thomas, helen thomas and graduation speaker, helen thomas and whitman, helen thomas dropped as graduation speaker, walt whitman high, whitman high graduation  
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Who’s afraid of the TerraNova 2 test?

A Montgomery County mother writes about trying not to get stressed out about the standardized tests -- the TerraNova2 -- being given to public school kids next week. But, she finds, it isn't so easy.

By Valerie Strauss  | April 23, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Montgomery County Public Schools, Standardized Tests  | Tags:  Montgomery County schools, TerraNova2, montgomery county schools and terranova, standardized tests  
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What should happen to kids who sext?

The principal of a middle school where kids were found to have bought and sold sexual images had no choice but to bring in authorities to see if any laws had broken. But that doesn’t mean the kids should have the legal book thrown at them.

By Valerie Strauss  | April 16, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Health, Montgomery County Public Schools, Parents  | Tags:  Pyle Middle School, Pyle and sexting, Pyle sexting scandal, Rosalind Wiseman, Whitman and sexting, sexting, sexting and Pyle and WHitman  
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Sexting scandal at Montgomery County schools

Some female students at Pyle Middle School and Whitman High School in Montgomery County willingly posed for inappropriate pictures and some students sold and bought access to the pictures and videos, resulting in a police investigation, according to a letter sent home to students today.

By Valerie Strauss  | April 15, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Montgomery County Public Schools  | Tags:  Montgomery County public schools, Pyle Middle School, Whitman High school, police and pyle, police investigate sexting, sexting, sexting and Pyle, sexting and schools, whitman and sexting  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Moco schools won't make up snow days, Valerie Strauss , March 17, 2010
Principal scolds parents, Valerie Strauss , March 16, 2010
Eeek! Rats in MoCo school!, Valerie Strauss , March 8, 2010
Don't send grade hackers to jail, Valerie Strauss , March 4, 2010
First Amendment folly in Moco school, Valerie Strauss , February 23, 2010
Help schools dig out of the snow, Valerie Strauss , February 12, 2010
MoCo schools hope to open next Tuesday , Valerie Strauss , February 9, 2010
Why Loudoun schools are closed all week, Valerie Strauss , February 8, 2010
Up to Montgomery County principals to challenge fliers, Valerie Strauss , February 8, 2010
Deciding to close schools isn’t always easy, Valerie Strauss , February 7, 2010
Another tale of school bathrooms, Valerie Strauss , February 5, 2010
MCPS orders teachers to change passwords, Valerie Strauss , February 4, 2010
The real grading scandal , Valerie Strauss , January 28, 2010
School bathrooms staying closed for now , Valerie Strauss , December 3, 2009
School closes bathrooms because of security shortage, Valerie Strauss , December 2, 2009
How can sick students catch up on schoolwork?, Valerie Strauss , November 10, 2009
The rush to hold kids back – does it make sense?, Valerie Strauss , November 9, 2009
Should Montgomery schools pay millions in penalties?, Valerie Strauss , November 5, 2009
Who is responsible for kids after school?, Valerie Strauss , October 27, 2009
The Problem That Is Kindergarten, Valerie Strauss , September 21, 2009
 
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