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  • Regulators Propose Banning Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes for at Least Two Years

    04/13/2016 12:08:31 PM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    WSJ ^ | April 13,2016 | John Carreyrou and Christopher Weaver
    Federal health regulators have proposed banning Theranos Inc. founder Elizabeth Holmes from the blood-testing business for at least two years after concluding that the company failed to fix what regulators have called major problems at its laboratory in California.
  • iPhone SE Found Less Durable Than 6 Series in Bend, Drop, and Water Tests

    04/04/2016 10:01:10 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    MacRumors ^ | Monday April 4, 2016 5:00 am PDT | By Joe Rossignol<
    While the iPhone SE rivals the iPhone 6s series in performance with the latest internal hardware, a new video reveals that the recently launched 4-inch smartphone is less durable than its larger 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch siblings when bent under pressure, submerged in water, and dropped on its corner. Extended warranty provider SquareTrade subjected the iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6s Plus to a series of excessive bend, drop, tumble, and water tests, and the results show that its compact design does not necessarily make it more durable than the slimmer 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones. VIDEO SquareTrade noted that the...
  • Theranos Sounded Too Good to Be True—and It Is

    02/02/2016 6:40:15 AM PST · by C19fan · 7 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | February 2, 2016 | Samantha Allen
    When health care company Theranos announced that it could conduct dozens of blood tests with a finger prick, it sounded too good to be true. Once valued at a staggering $9 billion and greeted by the press with fawning magazine features, Theranos’ troubles have slowly been coming into focus since last fall. The company claimed last year that its proprietary technology can “perform hundreds of tests, from standard to year, from a pinprick and tiny sample of blood,” rather than from blood drawn through a vein in the arm. But last week, after months of heightened scrutiny, the government placed...
  • NY’s proposal to embarassing 63% pass rate in Algebra: make the test easier

    11/30/2015 1:51:01 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/30/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Call it the Common Core Curve. The New York Times reports that the higher performance expectations cited frequently by Common Core curriculum advocates turned out to be a little embarrassing to Empire State educators when it came to proficiency in algebra. Under the new curriculum, performance on the statewide aptitude tests dropped from a pre-CC 72% to 63%. The answer? In New York, one proposal is to lower the bar: In 2013, concerned that high school graduates were not prepared for college, the State Board of Regents revamped the exams students must pass to graduate, starting with the English...
  • Principal says standardized testing is 'modern-day slavery'

    11/09/2015 1:36:13 PM PST · by Personal Responsibility · 36 replies
    New York Post ^ | 11/9/2015 | Carl Campanile
    n an online rant, a Bronx public school principal has likened standardized testing to slavery, redlining and crack cocaine in damaging the lives of minorities. “Public school high-stakes standardized testing is a form of modern-day slavery, and it is designed to continue the proliferation of inequality,” Cornerstone Academy for Social Action Middle School Principal Jamaal Bowman says in an Aug. 31 blog entry titled “The Tyranny of Standardized Testing.” “America was born of horror for black people and that horror continues today for brown and poor people as well. Slavery, Jim Crow, redlining, crack cocaine and now standardized testing were...
  • China Just Flew This Gigantic Airship To the Edge Of Space

    10/28/2015 4:03:10 AM PDT · by mabarker1 · 49 replies
    Fastcoexist.com ^ | October 20, 2015 | Charlie Sorrel
    China Just Flew This Gigantic Airship To the Edge Of Space The technology could have communications and military advantages for China. China just flew a 250-foot airship to near the top of the Earth's atmosphere. The solar-powered behemoth can stay airborne for half a year and requires no fuel to get it more than 12 miles into the airjust fill it with helium and let it go; the sun powers it once it reaches its cruising altitude. Airships predate airplanes, but have been largely supplanted by them. However, they remain superior for pretty much anything that doesnt require the speed...
  • Scientists think they know how to test the parallel universes theory - for real

    09/30/2015 9:03:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Science Alert ^ | 09/30/2015 | EUGENE LIM, Published by The Conversation.
    The existence of parallel universes may seem like something cooked up by science fiction writers, with little relevance to modern theoretical physics. But the idea that we live in a 'multiverse' made up of an infinite number of parallel universes has long been considered a scientific possibility - although it is still a matter of vigorous debate among physicists. The race is now on to find a way to test the theory, including searching the sky for signs of collisions with other universes. It is important to keep in mind that the multiverse view is not actually a theory, it...
  • Teacher: Ive loved my very difficult job. But now Ohio has made it impossible.

    07/15/2015 4:11:04 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 55 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 14, 2015 | Scott Ervin
    One thing about teaching that is easy for parents, policy-makers and others to forget is that working with students for hours every weekday to help them learn is very, very hard work. Even in the best of schools and even with supportive administrators, teachers have unrelenting jobs. In recent years, a growing number of teachers have found that reforms which force them to test students more than ever, collect more data than ever and attend more meetings than ever, are making the job literally impossible. Thats what happened to Scott Ervin, who has worked as a teacher, principal and discipline...
  • New No Child Left Behind Reauthorization Attempt Targets Opt-Out Movement

    06/08/2015 9:51:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 8, 2015 | Emmett McGroarty
    Editor's Note: this column was co-authored by Lisa Henson,an attorney, activist, and mom, regarding the No Child Left Behind Re-authorization and the Common Core testing opt-out movement.The latest attempt to reauthorize No Child Left Behind (NCLB), sponsored by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patti Murray (D-WA) and euphemistically named the Every Child Achieves Act), has surprisingly gained bi-partisan support.But it targets the Opt-Out movement, one of the great grassroots phenomena. Heres whats going on.For decades, education policy-making has been increasingly centralized. Legislatures, local boards of education, and parents have been marginalized. In 2002, NCLB made things worse. Building on prior...
  • Massive Numbers Of Chinese Students Expelled From US Schools

    05/29/2015 7:33:40 PM PDT · by markomalley · 37 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/29/15 | Blake Neff
    An estimated 8,000 Chinese students studying in America were expelled last year for cheating or for extremely poor academic performance, a survey by a company catering to Chinese students has found.The report was put together by WholeRen Education, which served the Chinese market, and was originally written in Chinese. It was translated by The Wall Street Journals China Real Time blog, which noticed the big expulsion figure. Of the approximately 8,000 expulsions, more than 80 percent were due to poor academic performance or cheating.According to the International Institute of Education, there were 274,439 Chinese students attending U.S. universities in the...
  • Percentage of African-Americans in U.S. Police Departments Remains Flat Since 2007

    05/15/2015 5:31:03 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 34 replies
    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | May 14, 2015 | By Ben Kesling and Cameron McWhirter
    Percentage of African-Americans in U.S. Police Departments Remains Flat Since 2007 But police hiring of other minorities has increased, report shows By Ben Kesling and Cameron McWhirter May 14, 2015 2:43 p.m. ET 28 COMMENTS The percentage of African-Americans in U.S. police departments has remained flat since before the recession, even as police hiring of other minorities has increased, according to a U.S. Department of Justice survey released Thursday. A lack of black officers, especially in communities with large African-American populations, has been cited frequently in the wake of police-involved deaths of black residents that sparked riots in cities from...
  • None from first-ever group of female soldiers training to be Army Rangers advance through 1st round

    05/11/2015 7:03:26 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 34 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | May 9, 2015
    None from first-ever group of female soldiers training to be Army Rangers advance through first round: officials BY Rachelle Blidner NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Saturday, May 9, 2015, 5:24 PM The first-ever female soldiers allowed to train to be Army Rangers did not make it through the first round of the course, officials said Friday. Eight women and 101 men who made it through the first tests of the 20-day Crawl Phase will have to try again to pass the last few at one of the toughest soldier training schools, officials said.
  • Flunking Civics Should No Longer Be An Option

    04/21/2015 6:01:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 21, 2015 | Cal Thomas
    "Don't know much about history" -- Sam Cooke It's an old joke, but one that is a commentary on our times. A pollster asks: "What do you think about the level of ignorance and apathy in the country?" The person replies: "I don't know and I don't care." Each week, Jesse Watters of Fox News interviews mostly young people about politics, government, current events and history. He claims their displays of ignorance are not edited. The worst part is that the interviewees don't seem to care that they know little about their government and country. In a recent episode, interviewees...
  • Guilty verdicts reached for 11 of 12 in Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial

    04/01/2015 11:43:22 AM PDT · by magellan · 19 replies
    WSB Television ^ | April 1, 2015 | None Cited
    A jury has reached guilty verdicts in 11 of 12 defendants in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter read verdicts for 26 counts Wednesday afternoon. Only one person, Dessa Curb, was found not-guilty on all counts. The decision comes 7 years after the first investigation by the Atlanta Journal Constitution. A grand jury indicted 35 educators in March 2013. Twenty-one took plea deals, and another defendant, former APS Superintendent Beverly Hall, died.
  • Amazon.com moves drone testing to secret Canadian location after U.S. too slow granting permits

    03/30/2015 9:23:41 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 19 replies
    National Post ^ | March 30, 2015 | Tristin Hopper
    VANCOUVER Spurned by U.S. regulators, Amazon.com has turned to the one country where flying delivery robots are still welcome: Canada. On Monday, the U.K.s Guardian newspaper revealed that the online retail giant is testing its latest prototypes for package-carrying drones at a top-secret site in British Columbia. We are rapidly experimenting and iterating on Amazon Prime Air including outdoors at a rural test site in Canada, wrote Amazon spokesperson Kristen Kish in an email to the National Post. --- Located a mere 600 metres from the U.S. border, the Canadian testing grounds fulfill a lingering threat by Amazon...
  • Its Official: Americans R Stupid

    03/17/2015 10:25:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    TEC ^ | 03/17/2015 | Michael Snyder
    As Americans, we tend to be pretty full of ourselves, and this is especially true of our young people. But do we really have reason for such pride? According to a shocking new report from the Educational Testing Service, Americans between the ages of 20 and 34 are way behind young adults in other industrialized nations when it comes to literacy, mathematics and technological proficiency. Even though more Americans than ever are going to college, we continue to fall farther and farther behind intellectually. So what does this say about us? Sadly, the truth is that Americans are stupid. Our...
  • 15 Megatons of Hell: The Castle Bravo Nuke Test

    03/02/2015 6:55:46 AM PST · by C19fan · 72 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | March 2, 2015 | Paul Huard
    Sixty-one years ago on an island in the South Pacific, scientists and military officers, fishermen and Marshall Islands natives observed first-hand what Armageddon would be like. And it almost killed them all. The Atomic Energy Commission code-named the nuclear test Castle Bravo. The March 1, 1954 experiment was the first thermonuclear explosion based on practical technology that would lead to a deliverable H-bomb for the Air Forces Strategic Air Commandpart of the Operation Castle series of tests needed to manufacture the high-yield weapons. Bravo was the worst radiological disaster in American atomic testing historybut the test provided information that led...
  • Judge Takes a Swipe at Common Core

    02/26/2015 11:39:05 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 11 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Feb 25 2015 | Fred Lucas
    Ahead of the controversial Common Core exams being administered across the country, a judge ruled Tuesday that the state of Missouris membership with a testing company aligned with the Common Core State Standards is illegal, the Associated Press reported. Missouri conducts its Common Core math and English exams in grades three through eight under by the Smarter Balanced Consortium of 16 states, out of more than 40, who have adopted the standards. Cole County, Missouri Circuit Judge Daniel Green said the states membership with the testing company is illegal interstate compact not authorized by the U.S. Congress. snip Two private...
  • Document: Saddam Ordered Biological And Radiation Test on Presidential Sites Attacked by US in 1998

    06/21/2006 2:17:48 PM PDT · by jveritas · 86 replies · 6,853+ views
    Document ISGP-2003-00300134 contains Top Secret And Personal letters that carry Saddam orders to do radiation and biological testing on the Presidential sites that were attacked by the US in December 1998. Beginning of translation of the first top secret and personal memo In the Name of God the Most Merciful The Most Compassionate Top Secret And Personal The Republic of Iraq The Presidential Secretariat Number: 537304/1 18/12/1998 ORDER Mr. President The Leader (God Protects Him) Order: Form committees from the Ministry of Health and the Military Industrialization Commission and The Atomic Energy Organization and The Special Security Service with its...
  • Windows 10 getting put through its paces by 450,000 'highly active' testers

    12/23/2014 3:41:29 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Network World ^ | 12/23/2014 | By Andy Patrizio
    Microsoft is enjoying a considerable effort on the part of testers for Windows 10, who are reporting a considerable number of bugs and helping push the new operating system along quickly.Gabe Aul, engineering general manager for the Operating Systems Group at Microsoft, made his December blog update on Windows all about fixes and improvements, and there are a lot. He said that more 1.5 million registered Windows Insiders are banging away at Windows 10, about 450,000 of whom are considered "highly active." This is much higher than any previous public beta for Windows.Microsoft has been receiving feedback from the Windows...
  • Kim Kardashians butt on Paper magazine cover can help kids do math.

    11/21/2014 11:28:21 AM PST · by machogirl · 90 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | November 19, 2014 | Jeanette Settembre , Zoe Lake
    Heres a cheeky way to do math. Kim Kardashians naked butt broke the internet but now its helping to fix students understanding of basic geometry. Catalyst, a test prep company, is using the ultimate semi-circle in its latest pop-culture-inspired questions to get kids primed for the SAT. (See questions below). Catalysts interest in Kardashians image from the cover of Paper magazine is not just sexploitation. Its downright Platonic. Kim Kardashians backside is almost perfectly circular, company founder Jared Friedland tells the Daily News. As soon as we saw that, it occurred to me that we could teach three types...
  • Rwanda Starts Testing American Visitors for Ebola

    10/22/2014 6:56:20 AM PDT · by xzins · 3 replies
    Hey, West: Not everyone in Africa has Ebola. In fact, most Africans are scared you'll give it to them Rwanda is not cool with the fact that the U.S. and Spain have Ebola. Not cool at all. The African nation about 2,600 miles east of Liberia hasnt had a reported case of Ebola yet. Perhaps that spotless record is why its government announced Tuesday that it will screen all Americans and Spaniards trying to enter the nation. Thats right, some Africans are saying youre too much of an infection risk to enter their country. Now American and Spanish visitors will...
  • Ebola outbreak prompts fake online products (home testing kits)

    10/05/2014 5:50:41 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 22 replies
    News 10 ^ | Aug 18, 2014 | News 10
    Amarillo, TX - Scammers are now taking advantage of people's fear of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and are using the disease to make a profit. While nearly 2,000 people have been infected with the Ebola virus in West Africa, the United States has yet to see any confirmed cases of the disease. However, that isn't stopping some scammers from trying to make a quick buck at a time when the fatal disease is making headlines. Products claiming to either treat or prevent Ebola are popping up online. The FDA said they have received numerous consumer complaints of...
  • Scott Walker Calls on Wisconsin Legislature to Repeal Common Core

    07/17/2014 9:41:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/1/7/14 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) called on state lawmakers Thursday to pass a bill in January that would repeal the Common Core standards and replace them with standards set by people in Wisconsin. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, Walker released a statement Thursday afternoon, just hours after two Republican state senators, Leah Vukmir and Paul Farrow, issued a joint press statement calling for a delay in the use of the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAC) that are aligned with the Common Core standards. Earlier in the year, Walker helped draft a bill that would create a state board to replace...
  • Revolt Against the Testing Tyrants

    03/19/2014 4:35:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 19, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Have you had enough of the testing tyranny? Join the club. To be clear: I'm not against all standardized academic tests. My kids excel on tests. The problem is that there are too damned many of these top-down assessments, measuring who knows what, using our children as guinea pigs and cash cows. College-bound students in Orange County, Fla., for example, now take a total of 234 standardized diagnostic, benchmark and achievement tests from kindergarten through 12th grade. Reading instructor Brian Trutschel calculated that a typical 10th-grade English class will be disrupted 65 out of 180 school days this year...
  • National School Choice WeekEmpower Parents, Improve Student Learning

    01/24/2014 2:28:23 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg
    American Legislator ^ | 1-24-14 | Ed Walton
    Last month, the results of an international exam revealed that Americas world ranking hasnt changed much in three years. The scores were a picture of stagnation, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan remarked. 65 countries and economies participated in the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), a math, science, and reading exam that is administered every three years to 15-year-old students. In the rankings for the exam, which compare the various nations that participated, the United States scraped into the top 20 in only one subject area, readingwhere it was ranked 17th. While this is alarming news, it isnt exactly...
  • Feds announce drone testing sites in Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas, Virginia

    12/30/2013 11:05:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 12/30/2013 | MICHELLE RINDELS
    The Federal Aviation Administration announced six states on Monday that will develop test sites for drones, a critical next step for the march of the unmanned aircraft into U.S. skies. Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia will host the research sites, providing diverse climates, geography and air traffic environments, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said. Drones have been mainly used by the military, but governments, businesses, farmers and others are making plans to join the market. Many universities are starting or expanding drone programs. The FAA does not currently allow commercial use of drones, but it is working...
  • Are American Students Really that Dumb?

    12/06/2013 1:28:40 PM PST · by xzins · 78 replies
    CBN ^ | December 06, 2013 | Heather Sells
    New international test scores show American students lagging behind in math and performing about average in science and reading. The Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development tests 15-year-olds around the world every three years as part of the Program for International Student Assessment. Half a million students in 65 countries participated in the most recent test, administered in 2012. The top average scores in each subject came from Shanghai, China's largest city and also from Singapore, South Korea, Japan, and Hong Kong. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan called the results a "picture of educational stagnation." However, critics of the...
  • Principals say Common Core tests make little kids vomit, pee their pants

    11/25/2013 2:41:43 PM PST · by Zakeet · 36 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | November 25, 2013 | Eric Owens
    In a frank and stunning letter to parents, eight school principals from around the state of New York have expressed deep concerns about the validity and usefulness of new Common Core-aligned tests foisted on all public-school children in grades three through eight. The multi-million-dollar battery of high-stakes standardized tests has been designed by Pearson, a multinational education conglomerate, reports The Washington Post. In their lengthy letter, the group of principals warns that many children have experienced viscerally negative responses to the high-stakes tests. We know that many children cried during or after testing, and others vomited or lost control of...
  • Union Should Support Teacher Evaluations

    08/13/2013 5:47:05 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/7/2013 | Jarrett Skorup
    Grand Rapids Public Schools is laying off teachers this year and will be using an evaluation system that takes performance rather than seniority into account, according to WOOD-TV. The local teachers union president is unhappy, calling the system "unfair and subjective." Previously, when school districts made layoffs in response to declining enrollment (Grand Rapids will be down about 700 students this year), they did so based strictly on longevity, ignoring how good teachers actually were at their jobs. And when districts had a problem teacher, even criminal, the tenure process made it nearly impossible to remove them. Recent...
  • Whos setting Wisconsins academic standards?

    08/09/2013 7:14:08 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 8-9-13 | Ryan Ekvall
    MADISON Sure, officials with the state Department of Instruction met with higher education stakeholders in crafting programs for college and career readiness as part of Common Core State Standards, but is that spectrum wide enough? Some educators dont think so. Steffen Lempp, a professor of mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an expert in training elementary and middle-school teachers, told Wisconsin Reporter that nobody came to him for input before signing on to Common Core. They dont come to the math department. They go to the school of education, Lempp said. They very rarely consult with the math...
  • Animal Testing

    06/22/2013 4:42:35 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 27 replies
    The end to animal experimentation seems to be nearer than we could previously imagine. In 2008 three US federal government agencies, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the National Toxicology Program (NTP), signed a "Memorandum of Understanding" with the aim of ending animal testing of drugs and chemicals for human use. The realization of this ambitious plan will take years, but it's a start of historic importance, especially considering that the three agencies involved have been among animal testing's biggest funding bodies.This momentous agreement followed a 2007 report released by the world's most prestigious...
  • Is The FDA's Caution Hazardous To Our Health?

    05/14/2013 2:19:17 PM PDT · by oxcart · 1 replies
    NPR ^ | 05/14/13 | NPR Staff
    When it comes to approving new medical treatments, the Food and Drug Administration is balancing the need for patient safety against the urgency of making important new treatments available as quickly as possible. Some argue the FDA sets the bar too high, requiring a process that takes too much time and money to carry out. They say that can leave patients waiting longer than necessary for promising treatments or lead to drugs not being developed at all. But others counter that letting drugs on the market before it's known whether they truly help or hurt patients is a serious risk....
  • Report: Tsarnaevs motivated by opposition to Iraq and Afghan wars, Al-Queda online Mag .....

    04/23/2013 1:09:15 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 34 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 1:21 pm on April 23, 2013 | Allahpundit
    To borrow a line from Dennis Green, they are who we thought they were. From his hospital bed, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has acknowledged his role in planting the explosives near the marathon finish line on April 15, the officials said. The first successful large-scale bombing in the post-Sept. 11, 2001, era, the Boston attack killed three people and wounded more than 250 others.The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe an ongoing investigation, said Dzhokhar and his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed by police as the two attempted to avoid capture, do not appear to have been...
  • Anti-testing movement grows among American teachers

    01/28/2013 1:23:38 PM PST · by St_Thomas_Aquinas · 19 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1/28/2013 | Ben Wolfgang
    ...I, along with 3 million educators across the country, proudly support our members efforts in saying no to giving their students a flawed test that takes away from learning and is not aligned with the curriculum, said National Education Association President Dennis van Roekel...
  • Uncovered, the 'toxic' gene hiding in GM crops: Revelation throws new doubt over safety of foods

    01/25/2013 7:38:13 AM PST · by opentalk · 71 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | January 21, 2013 | Sean Poulter
    EU watchdog reveals approval for GM foods fails to identify poisonous gene 54 of the 86 GM plants approved contain the dangerous gene Gene found in food for farm animals producing meat, milk and eggs Biotech supporters argue there is no evidence that GM foods are harmful A virus gene that could be poisonous to humans has been missed when GM food crops have been assessed for safety. GM crops such as corn and soya, which are being grown around the world for both human and farm animal consumption, include the gene. A new study by the EUs official food...
  • New Report Card Compares High School Test Scores and Adjusts For Economic Status

    07/23/2012 2:33:00 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 34 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/22/2012 | Jarrett Skorup
    The problem with measuring school districts has always been the trouble of making "apples-to-apples" comparisons for student achievement. For example, it is well-known that the students attending Detroit Public Schools have a low high school graduation rate and have scored poorly on standardized tests. But are these poor results because of the teachers and administrators in those schools? Or because the students being tested are from low-income households? For a long time, citizens and policymakers in Michigan have had a hard time knowing how well schools are actually educating their students. Until now. The Mackinac Center for Public Policy has...
  • Texas makes progress on school standards; now classroom work is key

    07/15/2012 6:28:39 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    The Austin-American Statesman ^ | July 15, 2012 | Ze'ev Wurman
    Until the late 1980s, many, if not most, states and countries did not have defined academic "content standards." Instead they had a curriculum, a program of study that described what should be taught and often how in every grade. Some programs were regional, others were state or nationwide, and some even were local to a school or a district. In some states they were mandatory; in others they were advisory in nature. In the late 1980s in part as the result of global competition, of recognition that different schools offered programs of widely differing quality and of the 1984...
  • Florida's FCAT farce just gets worse

    07/12/2012 2:06:50 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies
    Tampa Bay - St. Petersburg Times ^ | July 12, 2012 | Staff Editorial
    No wonder Gov. Rick Scott and Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson have suggested in recent weeks they are ready to reassess the FCAT. After more than a decade of leading the national charge on school accountability, Florida on Wednesday released 2011-12 grades for public elementary and middle schools that were largely meaningless. The grades have been tweaked, adjusted and tweaked again. Even ardent supporters of the A+ plan appeared willing to concede that the process, which began with the ill-conceived grading of the state's FCAT writing test, has been a complete mess. Now leaders in Tallahassee should begin the serious discussion...
  • US takes back supercomputing crown with world's fastest computer

    06/18/2012 8:12:23 PM PDT · by Ron C. · 22 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 6/18/12 | FoxNews
    A U.S. supercomputer has won back the crown in the never-ending battle for the world's most powerful supercomputer. Its victory is the latest milestone marking the steady climb of computing power all across the globe. The Top500 industry list gave its No. 1 ranking to the Sequoia supercomputer housed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California a spot earned by Sequoia's ability to crunch 16.32 quadrillion calculations per second (16.32 petaflops/s). Such supercomputing power is used by the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration to simulate nuclear weapons tests for older weapons that have been sitting in the U.S. arsenal....
  • Take This 1931 8th Grade Exam Given in Gilmer County One-Room School

    06/14/2012 6:27:40 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 54 replies
    Gilmer Free Press (Gilmer, WV) ^ | Unknown date | Staff
    This exam was given in 1931 by the West Virginia Department of Free Schools (now West Virginia Department of Education) to students seeking graduation from eighth grade. For many students, that was the last year of formal schooling. The exam is provided John N. Beall of Wilmington, NC, who received it from his father, the teacher who administered the test in a one-room school in Gilmer County, WV.
  • What 8th-Graders Were Expected to Know in 1910

    06/14/2012 12:42:52 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 83 replies
    Eagle Forum ^ | July 2004 | Staff
    The following 8th-grade exit exam materials for Washington state in 1910....
  • Why can't Florida's students write?

    05/29/2012 7:18:20 AM PDT · by SmileRight · 49 replies
    BIZPACReview.com ^ | 5/29/2012 | Kingsley Guy
    When the passing rate for students taking the writing FCAT dropped to 30 percent this year, compared to 80 percent last year, the Florida Board of Education addressed the problem with typical aplomb: It changed the grading scale. Like magic, failure turned into success for tens of thousands of students. Of course, they cant write any better than before, but thats beside the point. The students passed the FCAT, didnt they? So their schools letter-grade ratings wont go down, and their self-esteem will remain intact. Thats whats important, isnt it? The high initial failure rate was due at least in...
  • NJ 3rd Graders Asked To Disclose Secrets On State Exam [EXCLUSIVE/POLL]

    05/11/2012 10:17:57 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 58 replies
    NJ1015.com ^ | 11 May 2012 | David Matthau
    Some Garden State parents are furious after learning their 3rd graders were asked during the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge exam, NJ ASK, to disclose a secret about their lives and why its hard to keep. Dr. Richard Goldberg a Marlboro father of twin boys in the 3rd grade says the youngsters were asked The Secret question, and I was kind of shocked because it was just a very it was an outrageous questionto ask an 8-year-old, a 9-year-old to start revealing secrets in the middle of an exam I thought was...
  • Increased bromide caused by lab error not drilling, researchers say (fracking)

    11/29/2011 10:47:16 AM PST · by Erik Latranyi · 7 replies
    The Daily Review ^ | 29 November 2011 | Laura Legere
    A study by Penn State researchers is being revised after test results apparently linking increased bromide in some water wells to Marcellus Shale gas drilling were traced instead to a lab error. An error notice was published on Nov. 22 on the website of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, which funded the study and released it in late October. According to the notice, an accredited laboratory contracted by the researchers incorrectly reported the bromide concentration data that was used in the original report. Updated data showed that increased bromide levels were recorded in one of 42 water wells, not seven...
  • Focus on standardized tests may be pushing some teachers to cheat

    11/07/2011 5:40:59 PM PST · by 68skylark · 8 replies · 9+ views
    LA Times ^ | Nov 6, 2011 | Howard Blume
    The stress was overwhelming. For years, this veteran teacher had received exemplary evaluations but now was feeling pressured to raise her students' test scores. Her principal criticized her teaching and would show up to take notes on her class. She knew the material would be used against her one day. "My principal told me right to my face that she she was feeling sorry for me because I don't know how to teach," the instructor said. The Los Angeles educator, who did not want to be identified, is one of about three dozen in the state accused this year...
  • STAR test scores up despite statewide school budget cuts [ Steepest cuts net best scores- ever ]

    08/15/2011 8:27:16 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 6 replies
    KABC ^ | Aug 15 2011 | John North
    RESEDA, LOS ANGELES -- The scores are in for Southern California students who took the annual STAR exam. Despite cutbacks and layoffs, scores are up for the ninth straight year. They're at their highest levels since the testing began. At a 10th-grade physiology class at Reseda High School, reading and language skills are combined with mathematics, and there are improved results in the latest statewide Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) examinations given to nearly 5 million students in grades 2 through 11. "Despite the cuts we are seeing that kind of significant progress. It's been steady over the last nine...
  • Report: China Was Testing for EMP Attack on Taiwan

    07/25/2011 5:52:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 7/25/11 | Seth Mandel
    According to a declassified 2005 report released last week, China had been testing the effects of an electromagnetic pulse attackthe detonation of a nuclear device at high altitude to maximize the area affected by the EMPpossibly meant for Taiwan. According to the report, China was actually testing two kinds of nuclear blasts and the effects the resulting radiation would have on humans. (China was testing them on animals, which experienced high mortality rates.) The point of an EMP attack (all nuclear explosions result in an EMP), however, is to disrupt the electronics devices within range of the blast.
  • Drug Testing of Welfare Recipients Makes Sense

    06/28/2011 5:34:43 AM PDT · by scottfactor · 19 replies
    scottfactor.com ^ | 06/28/2011 | Gina Miller
    Should we require people who receive taxpayer money welfare handouts to submit to random drug testing? As with most social-fiscal issues, this is a divisive one. Opponents claim this would be a violation of Fourth Amendment protection from unreasonable search, and of course, some of them play the race card as well and insist that this would be a racist thing to do (do they understand how very old the race card is?). Supporters claim this would save millions in taxpayer dollars and help people get off drugs. We already see that many employers require their employees to submit to...
  • Bereaved dad seeks tough laws for drugged driving

    06/23/2011 4:55:31 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 20 replies
    WHIDBEY NEWS TIMES ^ | June 23, 2011 | Jessie Stensland
    Ed Wood is on a mission to change state laws regarding drugged driving. Wood has a very personal stake in the issue. His son, 33-year-old Brian Wood, was among three people killed in a Sept. 3, 2010, car crash on North Whidbey last fall. Evidence introduced at trial showed the two Oak Harbor women responsible for the collision had illegal drugs in their systems. Wood, a Colorado resident, wasn't happy about the sentences handed down this month to the women. But he hopes his story of loss and injustice will spur a law change in this and other states. "It...