25 Students Attend Baltimore’s Annual Opera Camp

Arts & crafts is part of most summer camps, but it usually does not include high art. Opera camp at the Modell Lyric Performing Arts Center takes high school students into a four-week crash course of the art form. (WJZ)

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July 30 // Md. among states still committed to testing consortium

The leaders of a consortium of states trying to create common student tests for elementary through high school grades are battling defections. Last week, Georgia said the upcoming tests now being created by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) are too expensive at $25 to $29 a test and decided to drop out. (Balt. Sun)

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Common Core supporters say defections are no big deal

As lawmakers in Florida and Michigan debate whether to pull out from the new Common Core academic standards, states that have been writing the standards and related exams downplayed the defections as no big deal. (Wash. Post)

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Science Center to spend $3.15 million on new exhibits

By the end of September, Maryland Science Center visitors will be able to stop by The Shed for lessons on bicycle repair or a tutorial on soldering or some other hands-on class. They'll have a chance to sit under a state-of-the-art digital sky in the refurbished Davis Planetarium, where new technology will better integrate video into its shows. (Balt. Sun)

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UMUC provost to take New Hampshire post 

Gregory von Lehmen, the University of Maryland University College’s provost and chief academic officer, has been named provost of Mount Washington College, formerly Hesser College, in Manchester, N.H. (Daily Record)

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Carroll County School system joins Energy Star campaign, computers to automatically enter sleep mode

Carroll County Public Schools is now part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Low Carbon IT Campaign. All of the school system’s monitors and computers now automatically enter sleep mode after a set period of inactivity. (Carr. Co. Times)

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School systems use test scores to place kids

Scores on the Maryland School Assessment aren’t just a barometer of whether schools are doing their jobs, they also may affect the kinds of classes students take and whether they can get into a magnet high school. Officials blamed the test score declines on a change in curriculum, saying results were skewed this year because students weren’t necessarily taught the material they were tested on. (Balt. Sun)

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Mission Thrive Summer: Baltimore Teens Learn Farming & Yoga In 6-Week Pilot Program

Summer vacation may be most kids’ idea of a good time, but research shows it also leads to some loss of what’s been learned the previous school year. Mission Thrive Summer is working to change that. (WJZ-TV)

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