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Class Struggle: January 2, 2011 - January 8, 2011

Making college the goal helps non-college dreams too

Instead of the standard high school attitude that, well, if you are not going to college, that's too bad, lots of luck, a high school that has committed itself to preparing all students for college is more likely to do its best to get those resisting that policy the best non-college options.

By Jay Mathews  | January 7, 2011; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Trends  | Tags:  Hidalgo (Tex.) school district, Hidalgo Early College High School, Hidalgo makes special effort to get students ready for jobs, Salinas Elementary School, Thad Nodine, emphasizing college for all helps kids who don't go to college, top one percent on the America's Best High Schools list  
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How overextended test security hurts learning

Even a district as splendid as Arlington can fall into the bad habit of letting obsession with test security and high-tech classroom assessment get in the way of a parent’s desire to help her child learn.

By Jay Mathews  | January 5, 2011; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Local Living  | Tags:  Arlington County assistant superintendent for instruction Mark Johnston, Linda Erdos, Sarah Goodell, keeping parents from seeing their children's graded exams, test security hurting learning  
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Effective reading program shelved, then amazingly reborn

I thought it fitting that my colleague Nick Anderson had his eye-opening piece on the Success For All reading program published in the Post on New Year's Day. The night before, we were all singing "Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind.: That could be the theme song for Success For All.

By Jay Mathews  | January 3, 2011; 4:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Jay on the Web  | Tags:  Buzzy Hettleman, Nancy Madden, Nick Anderson, Robert Slavin, Success For All, Success For All saved from oblivion, education programs that go out of fashion  
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