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Class Struggle: June 13, 2010 - June 19, 2010

New evidence that SAT hurts blacks

Roy Freedle is 76 now, patient as any research psychologist. He knows that decades often pass before valid ideas take root. When the notion is as radical as his, that the SAT is racially biased, an even longer wait might be expected. But after 23 years the research he has done on the surprising reaction of black students to hard words versus easy words seems to be breaking out of a long period being dismissed as trivial and irrelevant.

By Jay Mathews  |  June 17, 2010; 10:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  Trends  | Tags: College Board denies bias, Maria Veronica Santelices, Mark Wilson, Roy Freedle, blacks do better on harder questions, racial bias in the SAT  
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Why mom disliked my summer reading

When I was a child, books were my life. My mother urged me to go outdoors in the summer, but I often ignored her. If the library had a summer reading club, I was a member. If there was a competition to read the most books in a month, I was drooling in anticipation of my victory, although sometimes (my mother, 93, still reminds me of this) I picked ridiculously thin books to inflate my score.

By Jay Mathews  |  June 17, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Local Living  | Tags: loosening the rules, part of the culture, required summer reading, why Jay's mother didn't like him reading  
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How does your high school rank? Check the new Newsweek list

Any public high school that gave at least as many AP, IB or Cambridge tests in 2009 as it had seniors graduating that year qualifies for the 2010 Newsweek list. If your high school meets that criteria and you do not find it listed, email me at mathewsj@washpost.com.

By Jay Mathews  |  June 16, 2010; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Jay on the Web  | Tags: 13 best high school movies, Jay's latest AP piece, latest Newsweek high school rankings, the Challenge Index, why some don't like the list but Jay does  
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The principal who created a wellspring of innovation

Despite the school’s disadvantages, Jackson has produced one of the highest levels of Advanced Placement test participation in the country — top 2 percent. Thirty-seven percent of Wakefield seniors have passing scores on those tests, more than twice the national average. Wakefield has reached its federal achievement targets, unusual for a school with so many impoverished students, but also made itself a national model for imaginative instruction, outdoing even the most affluent public schools.

By Jay Mathews  |  June 13, 2010; 10:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Metro Monday  | Tags: Doris Jackson, Wakefield High School, one of the nation's most creative principals, rare requirement for senior projects, top 2 percent in AP participation  
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