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Class Struggle: May 17, 2009 - May 23, 2009

An Intriguing Alternative to No Child Left Behind

If the No Child Left Behind law, focused on raising test scores, proves to be a dead end, what do we do next? I rarely read or hear intelligent discussion of this question. The Pentagon has battle plans from A...

By Washington Post editors  |  May 22, 2009; 3:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Trends  | Tags: No Child Left Behind  
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Would Schools Be Better Off If Fewer or More Students Took AP Tests?

A little while ago, Jay called for schools to allow more students to take Advanced Placement tests. The column has spurred an ongoing conversation between Jay and the Assorted Stuff blog. Here's Assorted Stuff's latest post (with two minor edits):...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 20, 2009; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Jay on the Web  | Tags: Advanced Placement Tests, high school  
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Admissions 101: Are Too Many Smart Kids Ditching the SAT?

Back in March, Jay asked in Admissions 101 whether smart kids were moving away from taking the SATs. The conversation has been bubbling ever since. Patrickmattimore1 writes educators should not rethink which tests students are taking, but the tests in...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 19, 2009; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Admissions 101  | Tags: ACT, SAT  
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How to Spend $100 Billion to Fix Schools (Cont.)

Readers, bless them, buried us in votes and comments when we asked them last week to rank 10 ideas for fixing America’s schools with the expected $100 billion in education stimulus funds, and offer their own suggestions. The top five...

By Washington Post editors  |  May 19, 2009; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Jay on the Web  
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Senioritis Is One Symptom of a Creative Deficit in Class

Last year, I wrote a defense of high school senioritis as a useful break from academic drudgery. This made me, briefly, a hero to teenagers across the country. Then I returned to my usual theme that classes leading up...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 18, 2009; 11:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Metro Monday  | Tags: high school, senioritis  
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