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DC Students Improve Math Performance on NAEP

DC Students Improve Math Performance on NAEP

This notice comes to us from Karen M. Sibert:

Fourth- and eighth-grade students in the District of Columbia have demonstrated improved performance in math on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) for the sixth consecutive time.  

In 2011, the District of Columbia was one of only four states to show improvement in both fourth- and eighth-grade math.

“I am proud of the gains made by our DC Public School and public charter school students in math on the NAEP,” said DC Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown. “I offer my congratulations to the students and the staff who have supported them.”  

Also known as “The Nation’s Report Card,” the NAEP measures students’ knowledge and skills in mathematics and reading across the United States and is administered every two years.

Shaw students overcome doubts, create song with rapper Psalm One in three days

Shaw students overcome doubts, create song with rapper Psalm One in three days

 

Write and record a song in three days.

That was the challenge presented to the DC SCORES after-school team at Shaw last week. The team is used to experiencing some crazy things. After all, Tony Hawk visited their school only two weeks before.

Team members were excited to learn they would be working with professional rapper and songwriter Psalm One, thanks to the ASCAP Songwriters Residency @ America SCORES. However, they were not sure how they could possibly write and record an entire song in such a short time.

Three days.

Over 1,000 community members attend DC SCORES Fall Frenzy

Over 1,000 community members attend DC SCORES Fall Frenzy

 

The athletic fields of Kelly Miller Middle School were flooded with people of all ages Saturday, Oct. 22, as DC SCORES hosted the 14th annual Fall Frenzy.

Over 1,000 students, parents, community members and volunteers attended the event, which celebrates the fall season of DC SCORES, the largest after-school program in the District.

The program’s 800-plus “poet-athletes” representing 27 elementary and middle schools in the District engaged in intra-city soccer games and enjoyed a variety of activity booths, including: facepainting, relay races, Haiku writing and a Starbucks arts & crafts table (minus the hot chocolate).

Past program participants came out in large numbers to referee the games, serve lunch and help out in any way possible, and hundreds of parents were on hand to cheer on their children.

D.C. Public Schools Facing Millions in School Infrastructure Needs, According To New Report

D.C. Public Schools Facing Millions in School Infrastructure Needs, According To New Report

 

This notice comes to us from the U.S. Department of Education:

The U.S. Education Department, in advance of remarks today by Secretary Arne Duncan on the proposed American Jobs Act, spotlighted a new report by the Council of the Great City Schools showing that Washington, D.C. and other urban school systems face substantial, costly repairs to deteriorating buildings and classrooms.

Considering Opening a Charter School in Washington, D.C?

 

This story comes to us from Audrey Williams:

The D.C. Public Charter School Board (PCSB) today released its 2012 Application Guidelines for establishing a public charter school in the District of Columbia.  The guidelines provide the steps required for organizations seeking approval to open a new charter school or convert a traditional, parochial or private school. The application deadline is February 1, 2012.  Approved schools would be authorized to open in the fall of 2013.

Columbia Heights EC Hosts Exchange Students from Mexico

Columbia Heights EC Hosts Exchange Students from Mexico

 

This story comes to us from Frederick Lewis:

The Columbia Heights Educational Campus (CHEC) is hosting five students and two chaperones from the Lazaro Cardenas School in San Bartolome Zoogocho, Oaxaca, Mexico, through Oct. 14. 

 

Mayor Gray Announces Design Contract Award to Modernize Cardozo High School

Mayor Gray Announces Design Contract Award to Modernize Cardozo High School

 

This story comes to us from Doxie McCoy:

Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced today the Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization (OPEFM) has awarded the design-build contract to GCS-SIGAL, LLC to fully modernize Cardozo High School, located at 12th and Clifton Streets in Northwest.