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Class Struggle: July 4, 2010 - July 10, 2010

Intriguing alternative to rating schools by tests

Foote said, compared to averages for New York City high schools in general, "consortium schools post a lower dropout rate, higher college-bound rate, and higher daily attendance." I would like to see comparison of academic results, but the consortium schools are excused from the state standardized tests, and the regular schools don't require a literary essay, a research paper, a science experiment and a higher math application with external evaluation, more's the pity.

By Jay Mathews  |  July 8, 2010; 7:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
Categories:  Trends  | Tags: 28 schools in New York state, New York Performance Standards Consortium, assessing high schools without standardized testing, assessing with independent review of essay, better results than similar schools in New York City, reports and science experiments  
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Your SAT score has little to do with your life

Researchers Stacy Berg Dale and Alan Krueger, studying data on 23,572 students who entered college in 1976, concluded that the character traits students acquire long before they pay their SAT prep-course fees are what determine success in life. The four-digit (or for some three-digit) scores they get on the SAT don’t mean much long term.

By Jay Mathews  |  July 7, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Local Living  | Tags: former Congressman Bob Edgar (730), former Senator Bill Bradley (485 on the verbal), great people with bad SAT scores, the late Senator Paul Wellstone (under 900), why SATs don't matter in life  
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Does Sousa story prove Rhee is right?

My colleague Stephanie McCrummen, a former Post foreign correspondent now on our education writing team, is not only a great journalist but has terrific timing. Her front page story today about rising test scores at Sousa Middle School in D.C. comes just at the local and national debate over the record of D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee reaches a new peak.

By Jay Mathews  |  July 6, 2010; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
Categories:  Jay on the Web  | Tags: Sousa principal Dwan Jordon, good example of a Michelle Rhee principal, higher test scores at Sousa Middle School, was he right to remove so many teachers?  
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Rhee should get out of the mayor's race

Saying she would leave if Gray is elected is good news to those people who want Rhee gone. It is bad for the principals she has appointed, the teachers who share her commitment to raising achievement and the parents who are beginning to see the same teamwork, creativity and persistence in regular city public schools that they have found in many charter schools.

By Jay Mathews  |  July 4, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
Categories:  Metro Monday  | Tags: Adrian Fenty, Michelle A. Rhee, Rhee should get out of Mayor's race, Vincent Gray, losing Rhee would be a disaster  
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