The year-long career and leadership development program looks for students who have demonstrated leadership, maturity and the ability to learn outside the classroom.
Superintendent Joshua Starr
Monday, February 11, 2013
Monday, January 7, 2013
The MCPS superintendent will host a panel discussion of 'How Children Succeed.'
How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, by Paul Tough, will be the focus of Montgomery County schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr’s first Book Club discussion of the school year Tuesday. Starr will host a discussion of the book at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Carver Educational Services Center, at 850 Hungerford Drive, in Rockville. The discussion will include questions from Montgomery County Public Schools parents, staff and students and community members for a panel of researchers and educators. In How Children Succeed, “Tough argues that the qualities that matter most have more to do with character: skills like perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, and self-control,” according to…
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Superintendent Starr is critical of the purpose of the index.
Montgomery County's public schools fared well in the state's most recently released School Progress Index—a new accountability measure whose purpose has been criticized by Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua Starr. The School Progress Index—which uses a formula, based mostly on state test scores, to determine how schools are progressing toward academic goals—was released on Monday. Sixty-four percent of the county's public schools made it into the top two (of five) strands—the two strands requiring the least amount of monitoring and support, according to a county schools statement. Overall, the county school system received an index score of 1.014. A score of 1.0 or higher means that the school or school system has met …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
An online petition to start county public high schools at 8:15 a.m. already had collected more than 10,000 signatures by Wednesday morning, Dec. 12.
Montgomery County public school parents and students are speaking up about school start times, and the county's school superintendent is responding. An online petition, "Changing Montgomery County, MD's High School Start Times to 8:15 AM or Later," has asked the county school board to "officially recognize the large and compelling body of research regarding teen sleep and academic achievement," and "to start high schools in Montgomery County, MD, after 8:15 [a.m.]." On Tuesday, Superintendent of Schools Joshua P. Starr announced that a work group has been established to study the issue. That will come as good news to the petition's signers, who already numbered more than 10,000 by 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12. "Sleep deprivation, with such …
Friday, November 16, 2012
A University of Chicago professor said a change in culture, not curriculum, was key.
Montgomery County Public Schools were singled out at a recent national conference on high school reform for taking steps to close the achievement gap between races, according to US News and World Report. A professor at the University of Chicago noted the system had succeeded in lifting up scores for black and Hispanic students. Charles Payne, professor and affiliate of the university's Urban Education Institute, said MCPS narrowed the achievement gap—lower test scores among black and Latino students when compared to white and Asian students—at all grade levels by moving the best teachers to underserved schools. "There are some groups of African-American and Hispanic students who, when they get a different caliber of teachers, can turn …
Monday, November 12, 2012
Dr. Joshua Starr outlines his vision for public education in Montgomery County at the first "State of the Schools" address.
Montgomery County Public Schools are succeeding on many levels, according to Superintendent Joshua Starr, who hosted a lush "State of the Schools" address Monday. Starr and his 500 to 600 guests spent much of the morning at The Music Center at Strathmore revelling in the system's many gifts: The highest high school graduation rate of any large school system; scores of talented students excelling in music, visual art, science and math; and millions of dollars in college scholarship funds doled to graduates. Despite a history of success, it was clear that Starr's vision for the future of public education in Montgomery County is different than the past. The system's students are also different than the past—majority non-white and …
Friday, July 8, 2011
Starr thanks staff for transition help, finalizes appointments, recommends delaying vote on charter school.
The new superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools had three days into his new job to prepare for the first school board meeting, one with a heavy agenda. "You'll have the full breadth in this meeting," Board President Christopher Barclay said, "From swearing in our student member to making decisions that will affect the lives of children." In addition to welcoming Board Student Member Alan Xie for his second term, Dr. Joshua P. Starr also made three personnel appointments official, including two principals, as well as signed previously negotiated agreements with staff unions represented in MCPS. On substantive matters, Starr recommended a vote on one charter school; application be delayed, listened in as the board members …