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Class Struggle: February 8, 2009 - February 14, 2009

Trends: Charter Vs. Pilot Schools

In the national charter school debate, Boston has special significance. The city has unleashed imaginative teachers to run both independent charter schools and semi-independent “pilot” schools, with much of the rest of the country waiting to see which does best....

By Washington Post editors  |  February 13, 2009; 3:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Trends  
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Extra Credit: Safeguarding the Standards for GED Testing

Dear Extra Credit: As former students and educators, we at GED Testing Service certainly understand that some academic subjects can be more challenging than others. The GED tests, however, are designed to measure outcomes of a national high school curriculum....

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 12, 2009; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Extra Credit  
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On the Web: KIPP Conversations and Local Test Scores

Here's what other people are saying about Jay Mathews this week: GothamSchools: Among those who have commented on Elizabeth’s post about journalist Jay Mathews’ seven KIPP myths are one of the charter school chain’s most vocal critics; a graduate of...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 11, 2009; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Jay on the Web  
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Talk: How Would You React as a UDC Student?

The University of the District of Columbia is considering several changes, including ending its open-door policy for four-year students and raising tuition sharply. Some students will not let the changes come without a fight and there are plans to pitch...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 10, 2009; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Admissions 101  
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Test Scores Provide Valuable Measure Of Success in D.C.

Brian Betts, a new principal in one of the District's most troubled neighborhoods, excitedly displayed his school's latest reading test results. Tall green bars on the graphs meant that in some classes a majority of students were proficient. This was...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 9, 2009; 7:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Metro Monday  
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