Since the inauguration in January, I’ve cut way back on time spent scrolling through Twitter. But even with the limited access and following mostly sane people, sometimes the stupid still leaks through.
When I worked in central office for the overly-large school district, this time of year (the fourth academic quarter) was when we began seriously planning for the fall. Between the approaching spring testing season and largely remote-control plans for closing schools, it was a good opportunity to look ahead.
Recently, the district superintendent presented his plan for the fall of 2021 that would have instruction “look as close to ‘pre-pandemic normal’ as possible” as the pandemic (hopefully) winds down.
Circling back to one of the non-COVID related problems from this fall in the overly-large school district.
After just about everyone rejected the superintendent’s lottery idea to improve the racial makeup of the Jefferson HS student population, the school board approved a “‘holistic review’ admissions system” for the school.
Education reporting in The Washington Post is very often tone deaf (see also almost everything from Jay Mathews). It has been especially so during the pandemic.
A recent case in point is an article based on statistics from the overly-large school district with the blaring headline “Failing grades spike in Virginia’s largest school system as online learning gap emerges nationwide”. A similar story a week later declares “Failing grades double and triple — some rising sixfold — amid pandemic learning”1, followed today by yet another article about failing grades in another Northern Virginia district.