Education

A look at education issues around Virginia.

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One Virginia teacher got a very special surprise today — a $25,000 teaching award to be used in any way she wants. 

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A recent report found that Virginia’s public schools are more segregated today than ten years ago. According to the report, students who are poor, black, and Latino in Virginia are increasingly isolated -- attending schools with other students like themselves.

Chris Duncombe is with The Commonwealth Institute. He analyzed state data on public schools.

Teacher Residency Model Gains National Attention

Nov 2, 2016
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If you want to be a teacher, you can go to school and pay for your master’s in education. Or, you can make a 4-year commitment to teaching in Richmond Public Schools in exchange for a master’s degree through Virginia Commonwealth University, a practically-guaranteed job, and learning through doing.

A new report from the University of Virginia shows about ten percent of students in this state’s public schools are absent for three weeks or more each year, and in three large districts the rates were even higher. 

When Professor Luke Miller and his colleagues graphed the number of kids who were chronically absent from public schools in Richmond, Petersburg and Norfolk, they ended up with something resembling the letter U:

New Ways to Grade

Oct 17, 2016

Over the last 20 years we’ve seen a growing reliance on multiple choice tests to figure out how well students are learning and how well teachers are teaching.  Now, however, public schools in Virginia are moving away from that approach, trying new ways to grade as Sandy Hausman reports. 

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