Archive for 'Education'

Achievement gap appears in SAT scores

Achievement gap appears in SAT scores

By Anna Harris (Image/Ashleigh Carter) More of last year’s public high school seniors took the Scholastic Aptitude Test than in recent memory, but educators remain concerned about the achievement gap between white students and their minority [...]

Shake-up of ACPS capital projects draws scrutiny

Shake-up of ACPS capital projects draws scrutiny

By Erich Wagner (File photo) City councilors prodded Alexandria City Public Schools officials about proposed changes to its capital improvement budget last month, in light of news that board members are eliminating a few projects altogether. [...]

Welcoming state intervention at Jefferson-Houston

Welcoming state intervention at Jefferson-Houston

By Erich Wagner (File photo) While city and education officials stand united in opposition to a state takeover of the struggling Jefferson-Houston School, more than a few parents and residents are leaning toward it. During a [...]

Navigating the school application process

Navigating the school application process

By Anna Harris (File photo) Applying for private schools can seem daunting, and many parents don’t even know where to begin. Ann Dolin — a consultant, author, public speaker, and CEO and founder of Educational Connections, [...]

School choice: Figuring out what’s right for your child is no easy feat

School choice: Figuring out what’s right for your child is no easy feat

By Anna Harris (File photo) Not all schools are created equal. Every child is different, so no school is going to match every student’s needs and wants. But recognizing a poor fit is the first step. [...]

Alvin Crawley tapped to temporarily lead Alexandria City Public Schools

Alvin Crawley tapped to temporarily lead Alexandria City Public Schools

By Erich Wagner (Courtesy photo) The school board announced Tuesday the appointment of Alvin Crawley as the district’s interim superintendent. Crawley was previously interim superintendent of Prince George’s County Public Schools and before that served as [...]

Jefferson-Houston denied accreditation again

Jefferson-Houston denied accreditation again

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Despite making marked gains in state math tests this year, the embattled Jefferson-Houston School was denied accreditation again by the Virginia Department of Education. Members of the Jefferson-Houston community worry that [...]

T.C. leaves poorly performing schools list, Jefferson Houston stays on

T.C. leaves poorly performing schools list, Jefferson Houston stays on

By Erich Wagner (File photo) The Virginia Department of Education announced Tuesday that T.C. Williams will leave the “priority schools” list, while Jefferson-Houston will remain on it for a second year. The annual list of low-achieving [...]

Analysis: Morton Sherman’s legacy mired in controversy

Analysis: Morton Sherman’s legacy mired in controversy

By Derrick Perkins (File photo) With Morton Sherman’s abrupt departure, the former superintendent leaves Alexandria City Public Schools in turmoil — a word that could sum up much of his time with the district. Sherman arrived [...]

Sherman steps down

Sherman steps down

By Erich Wagner (Photo/Erich Wagner) The Alexandria School Board voted overwhelmingly to accept the resignation of Superintendent Morton Sherman on August 29, just days before the start of the academic year. Board members voted 8-1 to [...]