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Friday, April 11, 2014

Maryland Commissions Study on Students’ Sleep Needs

Education News – Grace Smith

“A study has been commissioned by the Maryland legislature to investigate the sleep needs of teens and the effects of changing school schedules to accommodate sleepy students…”(more)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Demand for STEM workers outpaces supply

The Baltimore Sun – Jennifer Bodensiek

“Unfortunately, not enough students are preparing to fill these positions. And while it is generally popular to voice support for STEM education, short-sighted actions could undermine the industries creating these high-skilled jobs. State and national leaders must promote policies and institutions that foster STEM talent. If they don’t, we’ll miss out on a major driver of economic growth.”(more)

Friday, February 28, 2014

NASCAR used to help connect kids to STEM

WBALTV.com – Jennifer Franciotti

“When it comes to getting some kids interested in tough topics like science and math, it’s not always easy, but connecting it with something they like might help…Dr. Diandra Leslie Pelecky, the author of “The Physics of NASCAR,” is part of the Nifty 50 series of speakers, a group of top scientists visiting Baltimore-area schools to get students interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).”(more)

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Maryland schools need $100 million for online Common Core tests, says report

The Washington Post – Valerie Strauss

“A new report from Maryland’s Education Department to the legislature says that the vast majority of schools in many of the state’s counties are not technologically prepared to give new online Common Core-aligned standardized tests and that at least $100 million will have to be spent by 2015 to get ready.”(more)

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Best elementary school program resisted

The Washington Post – Jay Mathews

“A program called Success for All, born in Baltimore 26 years ago to improve elementary schools, has set a record for most glowing reports from tough researchers.”(more)

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Report: 80 percent of kindergartners school-ready in Montgomery, 73 in Prince George’s

The Washington Post – Michael Alison Chandler

“Maryland was among the first states to administer a comprehensive test of skills for kindergarten students. The assessment gives educators and policymakers a picture of where students are and what the achievement gap looks like at the starting line.”(more)

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Montgomery County schools chief pushes for later high school start times

The Washington Post – Donna St. George

“Montgomery County took a major step Tuesday toward giving bleary-eyed teenagers more sleep, with a largely unexpected proposal by its schools chief to reset the opening bells of high school nearly an hour later, to 8:15 a.m.” (more)

Sunday, July 28, 2013

State test scores drop as Maryland schools prepare for Common Core

The Washington Post – Lynh Bui and Ovetta Wiggins

“Reading and math scores on Maryland’s standardized tests for elementary and middle school students dropped statewide in 2013, a decline educators blame on the transition to new national academic standards that they say do not align with the old exams.” (more)

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Md. classes blend Chinese and STEM to give students global perspectives

The Washington Post – Lynh Bui

“Starting next week, students in Montgomery County will be the next group of Maryland children learning Chinese while getting lessons in science, technology, engineering and math.”(more)

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Maryland to Rewrite STEM Standards to Interest Students

Education News – Julia Lawrence

“To fill the employment gap expected to be created by growth in the technology sector, Maryland is looking to revamp its science standards to produce graduates who are more interested in pursuing majors in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields in college.”(more)