Sunday, February 10, 2013
Montgomery College's Science Center was featured as a significant example of a LEED project.
Maryland ranks No. 6 in the nation for new LEED certifications, according to a report released by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The LEED designation stands for "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design" and provides a measurable and verifiable review of a building's design, construction, operation and maintenance from an environmental impact point of view. USGBC's rankings are based on the number of square feet of LEED-certified space per resident in the state. Maryland clocks in at No. 6, with 127 projects totalling 10,954,324 square feet of LEED-certified space, equating to 1.90 square feet per person. Maryland's 2012 per-person rate is just 0.04 behind that of Illinois. Montgomery College's Science Center in Rockville …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Maryland gets extremely high grade.
Maryland ranks among the top 5 U.S. states for government transparency, according to a 2013 report released by the Sunshine Review non-profit group and cited in a recent article in the Baltimore Business Journal. Alongside California, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Washington state, Maryland received a grade of B+, the highest grade any state earned in the report. Broken down, Maryland earned an A- for its state website, while county, city and school district sites earned a B. Only 26 percent of county websites earned higher than Maryland's, and 60 percent earned a B grade for school district sites. Conversely, the five worst-ranked states for government transparency are Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nebraska and South Dakota. Sunshine …
Monday, January 21, 2013
New study ranks cities based on jobs and economic growth.
The Washington, DC, area ranked No. 5 in the Milken Institute's annual "Best-Performing Cities" index for 2012. That's up from No. 17 in 2011. The Milken Institute, a think tank located in Santa Monica, CA, bases its rankings on how well metropolitan areas do at creating and sustaining jobs. The top five cities in the 2012 report are: Milken compiles the ratings based on nine metrics: The first five factors carry double the weight of the last four in the Milken Institute's ranking system. The DC area's ranking has been somewhat of a roller coaster over the past decade, placing No. 19 in 2003, No. 11 in 2004, No. 7 in 2005, then falling out of the Top 20 until ranking No. 6 in 2010, then falling to No. 17 in 2011. Its high ranking of No. 5 …
Saturday, January 19, 2013
New study ranks cities based on jobs and economic growth.
The Washington, DC, area ranked No. 5 in the Milken Institute's annual "Best-Performing Cities" index for 2012. That's up from No. 17 in 2011. The Milken Institute, a think tank located in Santa Monica, CA, bases its rankings on how well metropolitan areas do at creating and sustaining jobs. The top five cities in the 2012 report are: Milken compiles the ratings based on nine metrics: The first five factors carry double the weight of the last four in Milken's ranking system. The DC area's ranking has been somewhat of a roller coaster over the past decade, placing No. 19 in 2003, No. 11 in 2004, No. 7 in 2005, then falling out of the Top 20 until ranking No. 6 in 2010, then falling to No. 17 in 2011. Its high ranking of No. 5 in 2012 was "…
Friday, January 11, 2013
The state received a B+ grade by Education Week, which released the annual report.
Maryland schools were ranked the best in the nation for the fifth year in a row, according to a study released by Education Week. The state received an 87.5, which is a B+ grade in the publication's analysis. (The state received the same letter grade last year, Patch reported.) Massachusetts trailed by 3.4 points to secure a second-place ranking. At the other end of the spectrum, the report listed South Dakota as the lowest-performing state, with a grade of 69.3, a D+. "Maryland public schools are so fortunate to have bipartisan support throughout the State," State Superintendent Lillian Lowery said in a statement. "Our schools have the benefit of strong support from the Governor, other elected officials, educators, parents, business …
Monday, August 20, 2012
Gaithersburg, Germantown among top 100 small cities.
Bethesda has been named the nation's "top-earning" town in a recent ranking by CNN Money. Bethesda's median family income in 2011 was $184,606, according to the ranking, one of several released by CNN as part of its study of America's best places to live. The No. 2 top-earning town-- Greenwich, Conn. -- has a median income of $167,502. Nearby Ashburn, VA, came in at No. 6 with a median income of $146,093. Families in Arlington, VA, earn an average of $132,580, making it the No. 11 top-earning town nationally. Other towns included in the Top 10 were Newton, MA, at No. 7; Palo Alto, CA, at No. 3; and Lower Merion, PA, at No. 5. With a median home sale price of $740,000, CNN Money also ranked Bethesda as the small city with the ninth …
Saturday, June 9, 2012
With a nearly 90-percent graduation rate, Montgomery County Public Schools has the highest graduation rate among large school districts for the fourth year in a row.
Montgomery County Public Schools graduates a higher percentage of high school students than any other large school district in the nation, according to data calculated by Education Week’s annual "Diplomas Count" report, school officials announced Thursday. Using numbers from the Class of 2009, MCPS’s graduation rate is 87.6 percent, which is 1.9 percent more than the previous year, according to a statement from the district. Maryland’s rate is 77.9 percent and the national graduation rate is 72.7. Fairfax County, VA, and Jefferson County, CO, were tied in second place with 85.5 percent of students graduating, followed by Baltimore County and Broward County, FL. “These results would not be possible without the hard work of our students, the…
Thursday, May 31, 2012
The Washington, DC, metropolitan region is the sixth-most congested region in the country, according to the INRIX traffic congestion scorecard.
Think the traffic congestion in the Washington, DC, region is bad? If so, you're not exaggerating. The DC metropolitan area ranks as the sixth-most congested region in the country, according to the INRIX Traffic Scorecard. In particular, the 6.3-mile section of the Inner Loop that runs between exits 25 (U.S. Route 1, Baltimore Avenue) and 31 (state Route 97, Georgia Avenue) is the second-most congested corridor in the region and the 33rd-most congested corridor in the country. (Last year, it was the 23rd-most congested corridor in the country.) That little stretch of road requires an average of 15 minutes to traverse during the morning rush hour—an 8-minute delay with an average speed of 26 mph, according to INRIX. Nationally, congestion …
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Bethesda high schools rank in U.S. News and World Report's top schools in the state.
In a recent report, U.S. News and World Report ranked three Bethesda high schools in the top six schools in Maryland. Walt Whitman ranked second in the state, Walter Johnson came in fifth and Bethesda-Chevy Chase ranked sixth. Significantly, the top seven public high schools in the state, according to this year's U.S. News and World Report ranking, are all in Montgomery County: Nationally, Whitman ranked at 84, WJ came in at 118 and B-CC ranked at 151. The report looked at 21,776 public high schools in 49 states and Washington, D.C. Read about the methodology used by U.S. News and World Report to rank the schools.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
U.S. News and World Report ranked Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School No. 6 in the state.
In a recent report, U.S. News and World Report ranked Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School sixth in the state for its academic excellence. It's not a bad showing, but it doesn't compare well to last year's national High School Challenge ranking—in which B-CC ranked No. 1 in the state in preparing students for college work. Significantly, though, the top seven public high schools in the state, according to this year's U.S. News and World Report ranking, are all in Montgomery County: According to U.S. News and World Report, B-CC has a student-teacher ratio of 18 students per teacher. Most schools in Maryland have fewer than 18 students per teacher. The school's "college readiness" factor is 65, as compared to the No. 1 school's "college …