Even in Fairfax. One of the best school districts in the country, Fairfax County, Va., is now considering creating a virtual high school. One problem, the superintendent admits, “It’s hard to do marching band online.” So the district expects that most students would use the virtual school to take a course or two—at least at first. (Washington Post)
Another point for the robots. Automated scoring systems judge or grade essays about the same as humans, according to a study that considered nine companies and more than 16,000 essays. (Curriculum Matters/Education Week)
It’s a bird, it’s a plane … It’s super Mayor! Cory Booker, no fooling, rescued a woman from a burning building. In his spare time, he also pushes for school reform, Tweets, and shovels snow for the elderly. He’s trending on Twitter! (The Star-Ledger)
Did you miss our #PellFuture event? Wednesday’s panel discussion on the long-term sustainability of the federal Pell Grant program was both lively and substantive. You can now see the full video here.