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Joshua P. Starr

Dr. Joshua P. Starr began his tenure as superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) on July 1, 2011, and has worked tirelessly to provide all students with an education that prepares them for success in the 21st century. He has worked collaboratively with staff, students, and the community to develop a strategic planning framework for MCPS that is aligned with the skills and knowledge students will need in college and the work place—academic excellence, creative problem solving, and social emotional learning. Dr. Starr is a strong advocate for educators and school staff and believes the best way to improve education is to improve teaching and learning for every student. He has been widely recognized for his efforts to engage the community in a variety of ways, including student and parent town halls, book clubs, podcasts, and the use of social media. Prior to joining MCPS, Dr. Starr was the superintendent of Stamford (Conn.) Public Schools, and held executive-level positions in urban and suburban districts, including New York City Public Schools. Dr. Starr began his career as a special education teacher in New York City and holds a doctorate degree in administration and social policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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Pandemic Offers Opportunity to Reduce Standardized Testing

Start by ending the practice of giving annual tests to all kids in most grades

Examining High-Stakes Testing

Education Next talks with Joshua P. Starr and Margaret Spellings

A Testing Moratorium Is Necessary

Great instruction needs great assessments

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