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Class Struggle: August 23, 2009 - August 29, 2009

Jay on the Web: Will Advanced Placement Replace the SAT?

This online column, now in its ninth year, used to be called "Class Struggle." When we shifted that name to my blog, including all three of my weekly columns plus my various rants and outbursts, and the more reasoned...

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 28, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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New Rafe Esquith Book on Sale

I persuaded the publisher of Rafe Esquith's new book, "Lighting Their Fires," to let me break the embargo on book publicity for an Aug. 7 column in return for promising to let readers know when the book came out....

By Jay Mathews  |  August 27, 2009; 7:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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D.C. Schools: AP Scores Up, SAT Scores Down

My colleague Bill Turque reports this from D.C. schools beat: D.C. public high school students improved their showing on Advanced Placement exams this past year, District officials report. The number of students scoring a 3, 4 or 5 on at...

By Washington Post editors  |  August 27, 2009; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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At Least One Poll Goes Obama's Way

President Obama may be losing the electorate on spending, health insurance and grandma's life prospects, but his education policies seem to be winning the nation's heart. The 41st annual Phi Delta Kappa International/Gallup poll of attitudes toward public schools,...

By Jay Mathews  |  August 27, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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How Kennedy Took Politics Out of Education

It is startling to realize, as we consider the legacy of Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, that this very liberal, very partisan Democrat was key to the consensus that has unified the two parties on education policy for the...

By Jay Mathews  |  August 26, 2009; 3:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Admissions 101: To Take or Not to Take AP and IB

Over at Admissions 101, Jay Mathews is discussing the answer to a prickly question: The Question: Is it better for college admissions to take an IB or AP class and receive a C or D or take a standard class...

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 25, 2009; 3:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Admissions 101  | Tags: AP, IB, college admissions  
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When a Gifted Teacher Has to Jump Through Hoops Just to Keep His Job, Change Is Needed

I am not a big fan of merit pay for high-performing teachers unless the entire school staff is rewarded. But I have no doubt that our current teacher pay upgrade and certification system, based largely on education school credits,...

By Jay Mathews  |  August 24, 2009; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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