The Students Are in Trouble

It’s bad news on the science front—at least when it comes to education. Two-thirds of United States fourth graders were not proficient in science in 2009. The situation wasn’t much better for older students.  Seventy percent of eighth-graders and 79 percent of 12th...

Is Standardized Testing Doing Its Job?

Standardized testing: Children fear it. Adults wonder about it. Officials support it. But is it effective? According to Todd Farley’s recent article on The Huffington Post, that answer is “no way.” Farley is the author of Making the Grades: My Misadventures in the...

AYP–Burden or Benefit

Prince William County and Manassas schools had trouble meeting Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) goals last school year, but is it poor education or extremely high standards that are responsible? In Prince William, 28 out of 82 schools didn’t meet AYP in 2009-10, up four...

New Education Standards—Here We Come?

Did you know that the 50 states in this country essentially have 50 different curriculums for their K-12 schools? That means that graduating from fifth grade in Virginia doesn’t necessarily mean the same thing as graduating fifth grade in Florida. Both states can have...