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  • California permanently eliminates high school exit exam requirement

    10/11/2017 11:00:45 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 56 replies ^ | 10/11/17 | Melody Gutierrez
    SACRAMENTO — California has permanently scrapped its high school exit exam under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday. The California High School Exit Examination was a requirement to receive a diploma in the state, but the legislature voted in 2015 to drop it for the high school classes of 2015 to 2018. Diplomas were retroactively awarded to anyone who met all other graduation requirements after the test became a mandatory must-pass exam in 2004. That resulted in an estimated 40,000 former high school students receiving their diplomas. The bill signed by Brown, AB830 by Ash Kalra, D-San Jose,...
  • CHICAGO New Top Cop's Fiancee Under Investigation For Alleged Police Exam Cheating

    04/05/2016 5:36:33 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 13 replies
    DNA Info ^ | April 6, 2016 | Mark Konkol and Heather Cherone
    New Top Cop's Fiancee Under Investigation For Alleged Police Exam Cheating By Mark Konkol and Heather Cherone Updated April 5, 2016 THE LOOP — Mayor Rahm Emanuel's newly appointed top cop Eddie Johnson's fiancee is a Chicago Police lieutenant named in an ongoing investigation into alleged cheating on the department's lieutenant's exam, DNAinfo Chicago has learned. It's the same cheating probe that sources said helped derail Deputy Chief Eugene Williams' chances of being promoted to police superintendent. Now the allegations are part of a separate probe, this one by Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson, sources said. Williams, one of the...
  • The Democratic Party entrance exam has just one question...

    10/12/2015 3:38:11 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 8 replies
    American Irony ^ | 10-12-15 | The Looking Spoon
    Well, not really a question. It's more like a task.
  • College Board to rewrite US history exam after critics blast anti-America language

    08/04/2015 1:44:56 PM PDT · by wtd · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 4, 2015 | Maxim Lott
    College Board to rewrite US history exam after critics blast anti-America languagehe College Board, which writes the test that much of the nation's advanced placement course lessons are based on, last week issued a new course and exam description that has more focus on the positive role of the framers, America's effort to rid the world of the Nazi threat during World War II and how entrepreneurs transformed the world's most dynamic economy. Those points of emphasis are expected next year to replace the previous test questions, which some historians and teachers say took a negative view of the...
  • California Bar Exam Cut From Three Days To Two

    07/27/2015 10:07:22 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    Rejoice, future California lawyers! The CA State Bar Board of Trustees just voted to scale back the state’s onerous three-day exam, said by some to be the hardest bar exam in the country, to a more comfortable two-day affair. ... California was weighing a proposal to alter the test format to include one day of essays (5 one-hour essays and a 90-minute performance test) and one day of the MBE, with both days weighed equally. As noted in that post, this scales back the performance test from its previous 3-hour length ... Meanwhile, every California lawyer should start working on...
  • UCLA law professor learns Ferguson-related exam question is taboo

    12/12/2014 3:24:50 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/12/2014 | Maxim Lott
    Law school exams often present legal conundrums ripped from headlines of the day, but one UCLA law professor is apologizing for basing a test question on what is apparently a taboo subject -- the fallout from the police shooting of a black man in Ferguson, Mo. Professor Robert Goldstein said the exam question was designed to test students’ ability to analyze the line between free speech and inciting violence. It cited a report about how Michael Brown’s stepfather, Louis Head, shouted, “Burn this bitch down!” after a grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the...
  • Liz Phillips, Brooklyn principal: I have never seen a worse ELA exam. Other principals agree.

    04/08/2014 1:39:02 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 9 replies ^ | 4-3-2014 | Leonie Haimson
    Liz Phillips, Brooklyn principal: I have never seen a worse ELA exam. Other principals agree. See below comment from Liz Phillips, principal of PS 321 in Brooklyn, who was scathing about the 2012 exam as well, but says this one was as bad or worse. One would think with all the controversy and parents opting out, NYSED and Pearson would be careful to construct a better set of exams. But perhaps they are simply incapable of doing so. PS 321 PARENTS--Our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders have just completed three days of the New York State English Language Arts Exam....
  • 1912 eighth grade exam: Could you make it to high school in 1912?

    09/17/2013 1:21:02 AM PDT · by iowamark · 15 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | August 2013 | Andrew Averill
    A 1912 eighth-grade exam was donated to a museum in Bullitt County, Ky. The Bullitt County Genealogical Society put a scanned copy of the 1912 eighth-grade exam on its website today. This exam was called the "Common Exam" in 1912 and was "apparently a big deal," according to the Society's description of the scanned document. Students in Bullitt County would come to the county courthouse once or twice a year to take the exam. For passing the exam, students could be given scholarships to attend high school ("which was also a big deal back then," the site says). The exam...
  • State school exam results drop after state raises required passing scores (Illinois)

    09/10/2013 5:53:37 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9/10/13 | Diane Rado
    State exam scores plunged to record lows across most grades after the state raised the bar to pass the spring 2013 exams for 3rd through 8th graders, according to results released today. Overall, math scores took the biggest hit on the Illinois Standards Achievement Tests. The steepest drop was for 3rd graders taking the math test, state officials reported. Only 54.9 percent of them passed compared with 87.7 percent the year before. The percentage of students passing reading and math tests in each of the other grades fell to about 59 percent, compared to the mid to high 70s and...
  • Justice Department asks court to fix "disparate" civil service exams for minority applicants

    09/04/2013 4:52:54 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 83 replies
    SYRACUSE, NY - The U.S. Department of Justice wants to reopen a 33-year-old court case to ensure that minority applicants get a fair shot at jobs as Syracuse firefighters and police officers. Lawyers with the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division filed papers in federal court Friday challenging the state civil service tests that prospective firefighters and police officers must take. A review by the Justice Department of entry-level exams for those jobs in Syracuse showed the exams "continue to have a statistically significant, disparate impact on African-American test-takers," the Justice Department's lawyers wrote in court papers. The Justice Department asked...
  • 1912 eighth grade exam: Museum offers look at exam from 100 years ago

    08/13/2013 4:50:33 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 23 replies ^ | august 12, 2013 | shawn s. lealos
    A 1912 eighth grade exam surfaced recently at a museum in Kentucky, something that proved interesting when comparing education from 100 years ago and today. According to the CS Monitor on Aug. 12, the exam was donated to the museum and hit the Internet today. The eighth grade exam was called the “Common Exam” and was taken by students in the courthouse once or twice a year. If passed, the students could receive their scholarships to attend high school. There were 56 questions, a 40-word spelling quiz, and also a separate reading and writing test. The areas of study on...
  • 8th grade exam- 1895 [I'll bet there are PhDs today who couldn't pass this test]

    05/27/2013 10:30:46 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 94 replies
    Church & Son's Blog ^ | 7/22/12 | Randy Church
    8th grade exam- 1895Posted on July 22, 2012 by churchandson Thanks Rick;I had to share this one; This is the eighth-grade final exam from 1895 in Salina, Kansas, USA . It was taken from the original document on file at the Smokey Valley Genealogical Society and Library in Salina, and reprinted by the Salina Journal.8th Grade Final Exam: Salina, KS – 1895Grammar (Time, one hour) 1. Give nine rules for the use of capital letters. 2. Name the parts of speech and define those that have no modifications. 3. Define verse, stanza and paragraph 4. What are the principal parts of...
  • Democratic Party Entrance Exam

    05/29/2012 4:35:12 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 5-29-12 | The Looking Spoon
  • Students hooked up to drips in China ahead of university entrance exams

    05/10/2012 8:19:56 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 12 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 5/10/12
    Chinese state broadcaster CCTV airs footage allegedly showing schoolchildren hooked up to intravenous drips to help them study ahead of the country's notoriously difficult university entrance exams.Students at Xioagang high school in Hubei province have reportedly been using the drips, filled with amino acids, in yet another example of how children are pushed to succeed at the highest level. Gao Pingqiang, a school official, told The China Daily that the drips had become popular with children as there were no adverse health effects.
  • Now It's Newt's Turn for an Anal Exam, But How Come It's Never Mitt Romney's?

    But it's a little deeper than that. Take a step back, understand why Republican voters are responding to Newt now, as opposed to a month ago, six weeks, two months ago. I mean Newt's been in the race since it began. Why now? Why now is Newt Gingrich at the top of the heap in Iowa and in some national polls as well? Why? We are three years into Barack Obama's war on prosperity and I think Americans are coming to grips with the upside, if not the necessity, of limited government. And now that people understand or are beginning...
  • So. Korean woman passes driver's exam on 950th try

    11/06/2009 9:22:55 PM PST · by Justaham · 13 replies · 670+ views
    SEOUL, South Korea – A woman in South Korea who tried to pass the written exam for a driver's license with near-daily attempts since April 2005 has finally succeeded on her 950th time. The aspiring driver spent more than 5 million won ($4,200) in application fees, but until now had failed to score the minimum 60 out of a possible 100 points needed to get behind the wheel for a driving test. Cha Sa-soon, 68, finally passed the written exam with a score of 60 on Wednesday, said Choi Young-chul, a police official at the drivers' license agency in Jeonju,...
  • Snopes.Com Caught in a Lie and Spins it Rather than Admits Error

    08/04/2009 6:57:59 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 26 replies · 3,222+ views
    Snopes.Com ^ | August 2009 | Commentary on Snopes
    On the morning drive Quinn & Rose radio show, I heard about the famous high school graduation exam from Salina, Kansas which Snopes had debunked as a hoax. I remember when they did this as I checked their site which categorically stated that such an exam did not exist. Well, it turned out that such an exam does exist and is preserved by a historical society in, of all places (drum roll, please) . . .
  • Just for fun: Obama's con law exam

    05/19/2009 7:10:23 AM PDT · by ml/nj · 42 replies · 1,908+ views
    ZDNet Government ^ | May 18, 2009 | Richard Koman
    University of Chicago. Con Law III. Autumn 1996. The exam is here. Explanations are here.
  • Hareidi Students Pass Nat'l Average by Far on Psychometric Exam (Israel)

    08/01/2008 8:57:05 AM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies · 65+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | 8-1-08 | Hillel Fendel
    ( A class of 30 hareidi men scored overwhelmingly better than the national average on a recent psychometric exam - despite, or because of, their lack of general studies schooling. Facts Belie Editorial Haaretz newspaper editorialized angrily this week against the exemption of hareidi students "from acquiring knowledge such as English and math" - and just a few days later reported on the hareidi students' high scholastic achievements. The editorial was in response to a law passed the Knesset this week. The new law states that hareidi high schools - "yeshivot ktanot" - will continue to receive State funding, despite...
  • CORRECTED Equity vs. Opportunity

    02/20/2008 10:12:47 AM PST · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 93+ views
    Campus Report ^ | February 20, 2008 | Bethany Stotts
    Equity vs. Opportunity and the APby: Bethany Stotts, February 20, 2008 Despite ongoing criticisms about the racial achievement gap found in Advance Placement exam results, the College Board recently issued its 2008 Annual Report, asserting that steps toward minority academic proficiency are the responsibility of individual school districts rather than the AP test designers.... Research has demonstrated that an AP score of 5 corresponds to A level proficiency, whereas students earning 4 or 3 would likely have earned a B or C in college... However, if the AP exam outcomes are indicative of college preparedness, minorities—especially African-Americans—continue to face difficult...