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Tool helps examine SAT performance Tool helps examine SAT performance

High school principals and staff explore interactive reports that allow them to view SAT performance and participation compared with the past five years. The new tool can show individual student data, use PSAT data as predictors of SAT readiness and compare school performance throughout the school system. The Class of 2007 set new participation records on the SAT and ACT, with double-digit increases in SAT participation for both African American and Latino students.

Literacy coaches in middle school Literacy coaches in middle school

Literacy coaches, a vital component of middle school reform, guide teachers in embedding literacy strategies into instruction. For example, Ramona Howard-Turner of Benjamin Banneker Middle School works with art teacher Jennifer Espinoza to encourage students to read about Chagall to gain insight into his work. Literacy coaches are in four middle schools in addition to Banneker—Earle B. Wood, Sligo, Roberto Clemente and Montgomery Village.

Preparing students for the future Preparing students for the future Video story icon

The Transition Unit prepares special education students for independent living and success as they make the transition from high school to college, vocational training or employment. Staff and business partners work with about 5,000 students each year to provide services that include work and daily living skills.

Watch Board of Ed meeting March 11 Watch Board of Ed meeting March 11

The Board of Education's all-day business meeting will be webcast live starting at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 11. You need the free Windows MediaPlayer on your computer to view the meeting.

MCPS awarded for work with English learners MCPS awarded for work with English learners

The school system has been named one of six Best Practice Districts in the nation by the American Productivity and Quality Center (APQC). Schools are narrowing the achievement gap for students with limited English proficiency through effective English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) curriculum, instruction and assessment. APQC’s case study about the county’s ESOL program can be used to improve services to English learners around the nation

Club promotes literacy through Hip Hop Club promotes literacy through Hip Hop

A new Hip Hop Literacy Club at Maryvale Elementary School is helping students develop greater literacy through reading about and analyzing different songs. Club members, guided by teacher Kelly Hill, study a song then break into smaller “clubs” to write their own lyrics and letters, and create posters, presentations and a dance that reflects the meaning of the song.

Jumping rope for fun and health Jumping rope for fun and health

Westover Elementary School students jump rope after viewing a demonstration by the Kangaroo Kids, a precision jump rope team from Howard County. PE teacher Amanda Ramsey (far right), a Kangaroo Kid performer and teacher, and former World Jump Rope Champion, jumped with the group during the demonstration. The activity was one of the ways schools are promoting a healthy lifestyle and encouraging students to exercise.

B-CC participates in national forum B-CC participates in national forum

Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Principal Sean Bulson, student Marisol Williams, parent Susan Kitt and resource teacher Ivan Teelucksingh joined national education experts from New York University in a panel at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to discuss homework. The B-CC panelists provided firsthand perspective supporting the findings of the MetLife 2007 Survey of the American Teacher: The Homework Experience, part of a series published annually since 1984.