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July 24, 2012
After reading the somewhat lengthy article about test scores falling flat again ("Baltimore school test results flat for third year," July 23) and then considering all kinds of explanations including "turmoil in the system," or that a "plateau was expected," or that "harder things" are now required, or that "principal turnover can hurt student achievement" or - and here's my favorite - "we have tougher kids to teach," the final paragraph really says...
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NEWS
August 23, 2014
Across the nation, the topic of teacher tenure has gotten much attention of late and not only because students are returning to school. In Republican controlled states, there have been numerous efforts to limit such employment guarantees, and even in Democratic-leaning states like Maryland there has been interest in reform in order to boost school performance. The question is, does granting job security to public school teachers help or hurt the quality of education? Does it help attract the best and brightest to the profession or does it give cover to bad teachers?
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | October 10, 2012
All 6,000 Baltimore educators will take part this year in testing a new teacher evaluation system that ties their effectiveness more closely to student performance, school officials announced this week. This system, tested in the city last year for 309 teachers, comes as preparation for the state's implementation of more rigorous evaluations next year. Two areas of the evaluations — both used to measure student performance — will account for 50 percent of a teacher's score: student growth and schoolwide factors called the school index.
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By Blair Ames, bames@tribune.com | September 30, 2013
Winters Mill High School junior Scott Taylor practices on the French horn for at least an hour a day. That dedication has paid off for Taylor, who recently was named a member of the 2013 All-National Honor Band. "Just the opportunity to play with the best musicians in the nation, that really excites me," Taylor said. Taylor, 16, will travel to Nashville in late October as part of the 2013 All-National Honor Band sponsored by the National Association for Music Education (NafME)
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By Liz Bowie and Liz Bowie,SUN STAFF | December 10, 1997
Baltimore teachers will be graded at the end of every school year on how well their students have learned under a landmark teacher evaluation policy adopted by the school board last night.Under the policy, which puts the city in the forefront of a national movement toward teacher accountability, teachers and their principals would agree to a set of individual goals that the teacher must meet by the end of the year.For instance, the goal of a fourth-grade teacher might be to raise the reading level of the class to a specific grade level by June.
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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2012
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education removed Baltimore City Community College from probation on Friday after the college made progress in assessing student performance. If the college had not made changes, the Middle States Commission could have yanked the school's accreditation. Last July, Middle States said BCCC lacked any comprehensive method for assessing student achievement. The president, Carolane Williams, said in a statement that "the challenges from MSCHE have enabled BCCC to emerge as a stronger institution.
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,SUN STAFF | October 1, 1995
The state is developing a new series of tests for high school students -- tests they would have to pass to get diplomas. So are the local schools. And yes, they are related to each other and to the Carroll County schools outchool tests, which could be required of graduates as early as 2002.The tests would involve a core of information and skills students should have by the time they complete high school and would be more difficult than the current high school exams, which many pass in middle school.
NEWS
September 29, 1999
WHEN THE State Department of Education awarded $2.75 million to 94 elementary and middle schools last week for boosting test scores and attendance two years in a row, the list of achievers was remarkable in one respect: Several schools, singled out in previous years for abysmal student performance, were able to reverse their fortunes.Eight Baltimore schools made the list -- proof that city schools aren't hopeless. Students in Baltimore's Northwood Elementary and Morrell Park Elementary-Middle, which were threatened with state takeover in 1996, substantially improved their performance.
NEWS
April 19, 2005
BLACK STUDENTS in Baltimore County are closing the learning gap with white students, even as their numbers have grown dramatically in the past five years. The county's schools are bucking a general national trend of declining achievement by minority students as diversity increases. But the district cannot afford to rest on these laurels. Black students suffer disproportionately high suspension rates, and they are still more likely to be taught by inexperienced teachers. The school district needs to address these shortcomings, while still pushing ahead.
NEWS
March 14, 2013
Thank heavens that the Anne Arundel County school system is finally looking at starting high school at a time when teenagers are fully awake ("Md. school systems study later start for high schools," March 11). Of course, it is typical that their study fails to consider the benefits to the students of a later start by focusing only on logistics and cost of such a change. If benefits to students had been of interest, they would have changed the start times for high school to a reasonable hour years ago and perhaps both improved student performance and avoided the all too frequently fatal automobile accidents that seem to occur more among student drivers hurrying on their way to school in the morning.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2013
When filmmaker Ramona Persaud decided to home-school her children, she soon realized how difficult it would be. "I would keep asking [my daughter], 'Why aren't you getting this? Why aren't you remembering?' And telling her, 'We can sit here all day,'" Persaud said. "She was getting visibly frustrated and stressed, as was I. It was just not working. " Then Persaud came across a teaching approach - the Brain-Targeted Teaching Model developed by a Baltimore educator in one of the highest-performing schools in the city - that she said gave her a reality check.
NEWS
Erica L. Green and Erica L. Green | August 22, 2013
While those in the education world are gearing up for a whirlwind of public education reforms this school year, the general public either don't know or disapprove of the most significant ones that will impact teachers and students here in Maryland, and across the nation. According to an annual survey of the public's attitude toward education, two out of three people had never heard of the new Common Core Standards, which will overhaul curricula in more than 40 states this year.
EXPLORE
July 23, 2013
Students from John Carroll School in Bel Air became stars of their own Disney show as part of the Disney Performing Arts Program. The John Carroll School Theatre Department of Bel Air traveled to the Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort on Sunday, June 9 to take part in the Disney Dancin' program, then went to the Downtown Disney Marketplace at Walt Disney World Resort on Monday, June 10, to take part in the Special Presentation program. Dance groups, choirs, ensembles and marching bands from around the world apply to perform each year as part of Disney Performing Arts at both the Disneyland and the Walt Disney World Resorts.
EXPLORE
June 24, 2013
The piano students of Patti Griffin recently held their annual recital at Jarrettsville United Methodist Church. Participating were, front row from left, Emma Hunsinger, Aidan Apicella, Alex Coudon, Aiyanna Hawkins and Ryleigh Sullivan; second row, from left: Patti Griffin, Juliette Fell, Maddie Jester, Jessica Stevens, Rachel Waskiewicz and Coby Bracken; back row, from left: Natalie Fell, Ryan Waskiewicz, Anthony Bradley, Julianna Stevens and Paige...
NEWS
May 24, 2013
As a teacher, I totally agree with Morna McDermott's assessments of city school CEO Andrés Alonso's performance ("The fallacy of reform," May 18) over the past six years. She speaks the truth. Mr. Alonso has proven to be a fine salesman. Surely, the school board, mayor and state think so. They have practically given him carte blanche. But where are the "goods" in terms of student performance (passing test scores, learning outcomes)? None. Goes to prove that "everything new and shiny isn't always best.
NEWS
March 19, 2013
The Maryland State Medical Society recognizes the health risks of adolescent sleep deprivation and for that reason recommends Maryland adopt later start times in the state's high schools ("Md. school systems study later start times for high schools," March 11). Studies indicate that a modest delay in school start time is associated with significant improvements in adolescent alertness, mood and health. A 2010 study published in the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine offered compelling evidence for the potential benefits of adjusting school schedules to adolescents' sleep needs, circadian rhythms and developmental stage.
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By Gary Gately and JoAnna Daemmrich and Gary Gately and JoAnna Daemmrich,Sun Staff Writers | October 21, 1994
Little more than two years after enthusiastically embracing Baltimore's school-privatization venture, Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke last night told Education Alternatives Inc. that its future here depends on improving student achievement."
NEWS
December 15, 1995
RESULTS OF THE Maryland School Performance and Assessment Program, known as Mizpap for short, show once again that Carroll County's public schools are performing well. Slightly more than half of the county's students scored at the satisfactory level, and the overall results were an improvement over last year's.The achievement may seem all the more remarkable considering that Carroll's per pupil spending ranks only 16th among the state's 24 school systems. In addition, the county is near the bottom in terms of class size: 21st out of 24. Offsetting those positions, however, is the fact that its school system receives fewer economically and socially disadvantaged students than more metropolitan counties.
NEWS
March 14, 2013
Thank heavens that the Anne Arundel County school system is finally looking at starting high school at a time when teenagers are fully awake ("Md. school systems study later start for high schools," March 11). Of course, it is typical that their study fails to consider the benefits to the students of a later start by focusing only on logistics and cost of such a change. If benefits to students had been of interest, they would have changed the start times for high school to a reasonable hour years ago and perhaps both improved student performance and avoided the all too frequently fatal automobile accidents that seem to occur more among student drivers hurrying on their way to school in the morning.
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