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D.C. Schools Insider: March 6, 2011 - March 12, 2011

New reading test for D.C. ninth graders

DCPS ninth graders, who don't take the DC CAS standardized tests, are getting their own new reading assessment. It's part of an effort to grow the available data on student progress and increase the number of teachers who can be evaluated based on test score growth.

By Bill Turque  | March 11, 2011; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Test scores  
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DCPS principals get budget talking points

Even with the late addition of about $50 million in new projected revenue, some D.C.public schools are facing nasty cuts in their proposed FY 12 budgets. Parents at School Without Walls ($811,000 reduction) MacFarland Middle School ($709,000) and Whittier Education...

By Bill Turque  | March 11, 2011; 8:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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DCPS budget: The Brian Betts effect

One sad footnote to the FY 2012 budget is the nearly 50 percent cut in spending for Shaw Middle School@Garnet-Patterson. The Ward 1 school became one of the feel-good stories of the Michelle Rhee era when a group of eighth...

By Bill Turque  | March 10, 2011; 9:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Problems plague DCPS budget roll out

The good news for District schools was that a $100 million budget gap became a $50 million budget gap last week because of revised revenue forecasts. The bad news is that the agency had some challenges in pushing out the...

By Bill Turque  | March 8, 2011; 6:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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What your kid needs to know for the DC CAS

Here's what school officials call the "operational blueprint" for the 2011 DC CAS, a grade-by-grade inventory of the math and reading standards that will be covered next month on the annual standardized tests. As I said in my Monday story,...

By Bill Turque  | March 8, 2011; 4:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Gray 'comfortable' with schools chief selection process

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, who hasn't had much to feel comfortable about over the last few weeks, says that's exactly where he is when it comes to his search for a permanent schools chancellor. Speaking to reporters Monday,...

By Bill Turque  | March 7, 2011; 7:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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