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  • Michigan High School Grad Rate Up as Detroit Schools Increases 30 Percent

    10/25/2016 11:03:36 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 21 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/23/2016 | Tom Gantert
    The average high school graduation rate across the U.S. has reached an all-time high, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Michigan, for its part, reached a 10-year high in its rate. President Barack Obama said this week that the nationwide high school graduation rate was 83 percent in 2014-15, a record high. Michigan’s graduation rate was 79.8 percent in 2014-15, the highest rate in 10 years. The rate had been down to 74.3 percent in 2010-11 but has increased each year since. “This is good news, but we know we have more work to do to continue to improve...
  • The US Air Force Just Dropped Two Fake Nukes

    10/12/2016 9:12:14 PM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 45 replies
    Defence One ^ | October 6, 2016 | Marcus Weisgerber
    The tests in the Nevada desert come as tensions rise with Russia and the Pentagon seeks to replace its aging nuclear arsenal. A pair of U.S. Air Force B-2 bombers dropped two 700-pound faux nuclear bombs in the middle of the Nevada desert within the past few days. Now the Pentagon wants to tell you about it.Conducted “earlier this month,” according to an Oct. 6 press release, the test involved two dummy variants of the B61, a nuclear bomb that has been in the U.S. arsenal since the 1960s. One was an “earth penetrator” made to strike underground targets, the other...
  • Parents sue when third-grade honors students are not promoted to fourth grade

    08/13/2016 5:10:50 AM PDT · by detective · 102 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 12, 2016 | Valerie Strauss
    This belongs in the you-can’t-make-up-this-stuff category: In Florida (you knew it was Florida, didn’t you?), some third-graders — including honor students — are being forced to retake third grade because their parents decided to opt them out of the state’s mandated standardized reading test this past spring. An undetermined number of third-graders who refused to take the Florida Standards Assessment in reading have been barred from moving to fourth grade in some counties. A lawsuit filed by parents against state education officials as well as school boards in seven Florida counties says counties are interpreting the state’s third-grade retention law...
  • Obama Admin Dodges Congressional Inquiry Into Illicit Iranian Missile Tests

    04/28/2016 7:01:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 4/28/16 | Adam Kredo
    The Obama administration is dodging a congressional inquiry into its refusal to designate recent Iranian ballistic missile tests as a violation of an international statute barring such tests, prompting frustration on Capitol Hill from lawmakers who accuse the administration of breaking past promises to enforce the missile ban, according to recent communications sent by the State Department and obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. Lawmakers launched an investigation earlier this month into what they describe as Obama administration efforts to mislead Congress about the nature of last summer’s comprehensive nuclear agreement. The administration’s refusal to say that Iran’s missile tests...
  • US open to ‘new arrangement’ on Iran’s missile tests

    04/07/2016 6:53:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 4/7/16 | AP and Times of Israel staff
    The United States suggested Thursday it was open to a “new arrangement” with Iran for peacefully resolving disputes such as Tehran’s recent ballistic missile tests. Setting the stage for President Barack Obama’s summit with regional leaders in Saudi Arabia later this month, US Secretary of State John Kerry met with the foreign ministers of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council to advance a series of proposals aimed at easing Arabs’ concerns about last year’s Iran nuclear deal and the warming of ties between the US and Iran. These include providing new counterterrorism, conventional military, missile defense and cybersecurity capabilities. Washington has...
  • State Dodges Deadline for High Stakes School Performance List

    03/23/2016 8:32:58 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/20/2016 | Tom Gantert
    A school reform advocate says the state of Michigan is breaking a 2009 law by not publishing the list of the lowest-achieving public schools for 2015. The law was enacted to make the public school system here eligible for grants under the federal Race to the Top program rewarding states for adopting various reforms. The law requires the state to publish a list identifying the bottom 5 percent of schools, as measured by student achievement, “not later than September 1 of each year.” In past years, the requirement was met by the Top to Bottom list maintained by the Michigan...
  • North Korea conducts yet another missile test

    03/17/2016 6:05:32 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/3/16 | Ben Ariel
    North Korea on Friday morning (local time) fired a ballistic missile into the sea off its eastern coast Friday, just days after its leader Kim Jong-Un ordered further nuclear warhead and missile tests, AFP reports. The report was based on South Korea's defense ministry, whose spokesman said the missile was launched from Sukchon in the country's southwest and flew 800 kilometers (500 miles) into the East Sea, also called the Sea of Japan. The spokesman did not confirm the type of missile, but South Korea's Yonhap news agency cited military sources as saying it was a Rodong missile, a scaled...
  • Increasingly Uncommon Common Core

    09/15/2015 7:32:23 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 21 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 14, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    As more states learn what Common Core involves, fewer of them want anything to do with it. “The number of states participating in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) Common Core-aligned testing consortium has fallen from 26 plus Washington, DC in 2010 to just seven states and Washington, DC today, according to the Pioneer Institute,” Heather Kays reported in School Reform News. “Ohio abandoned PARCC on June 30, making it the latest state to back out of the consortium.” “Ohio officials decided in July to use the assessments created by the American Institutes for Research...
  • Students score low on California’s new standardized tests

    09/09/2015 2:51:25 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 22 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 9, 2015 | Jill Tucker
    California schools posted standardized test scores Wednesday for the first time in two years, and the results were not stellar. Just one-third of the state’s public-school students were tested as proficient for their grade level in math and only 44 percent in English, state education officials said. Under the old test in 2013, 51 percent of students were proficient in math and 56 percent in English.
  • Pregnancy Test That Can Predict Down Syndrome, Miscarriage, And Twins May Be Available In...

    09/07/2015 1:41:17 AM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies
    medicaldaily.com ^ | Sep 1, 2015 | Dana Dovey
    FULL TITLE: Pregnancy Test That Can Predict Down Syndrome, Miscarriage, And Twins May Be Available In Just 2 Years The days of wondering what to expect when you’re expecting may soon be over. Researchers in the UK are working on eliminating much of the mystery surrounding pregnancies by developing a mail-in test that can predict everything from whether or not a couple is having twins to if an unborn child may have Down syndrome, using nothing more than a urine sample. MAP Diagnostics is the company behind the first-of-its-kind pregnancy test that would reveal intricate details of both a mother...
  • GW Admissions Goes “Test-Optional”

    07/30/2015 7:48:12 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 20 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 29, 2015 | Spencer Irvine
    Standardized tests such as the ACT and SAT are no longer required by George Washington University. In its weekly e-mail newsletter, the school proudly announced this shift in its admissions process. The move is effective August 1st, 2015, meaning that “those applying to GW for the 2016-17 school year will have the option to include” the test scores in their application or not to. What is the reasoning behind this? The school claimed the following: “High school coursework and grades will continue to be the most important factors in GW’s holistic review process, along with a student’s writing skills, recommendations,...
  • Common Core Crack-Up

    06/29/2015 7:43:31 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | Malcolm A. Kline
    The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in education continue to crumble when they encounter reality. “Not a single junior at Seattle’s Nathan Hale High School showed up to take this spring’s Smarter Balanced tests (SBAC—one version of the COMMON Core standardized tests), according to a school district spokeswoman,” according to the editors at Rethinking Schools. “Earlier this year, a group of teachers, administrators, parents, and students had agreed to boycott the standardized tests, but Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Larry Nyland threatened teachers with the loss of their teachers licenses if they didn’t administer the test.” “Under this pressure, the school’s...
  • 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. Here’s what’s 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...
  • FAA Hiring Scandal Barely Registers with the Media

    05/28/2015 9:01:30 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 17 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 27, 2015 | Roger Aronoff
    The Fox Business Network (FBN) should be congratulated for launching a six-month investigation into the Federal Aviation Administration’s hiring practices, an investigation revealing complicity between the FAA and diversity groups such as the National Black Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees (NBCFAE). The findings were revealed on “The Willis Report” last week on FBN. The investigation resulted in an article by Adam Shapiro, exposing a story of corruption and attempts to stoke favoritism, where an FAA employee and head of an NBCFAE chapter worked to increase the likelihood that minority candidates would succeed under the FAA’s new hiring practices. Ironically, one...
  • Minority teachers file $300M suit claiming licensing test bias

    04/27/2015 3:59:23 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 33 replies
    New York Post ^ | April 27, 2015 | By Yoav Gonen, Erin Calabrese and Bruce Golding
    An old teacher-licensing test that blacks and Hispanics had trouble passing poses a grave threat to city coffers — $300 million, according to internal budget documents obtained by The Post. Taxpayers are on the hook for cliams by thousands of minority teachers as part of a civil-rights case in which a judge ruled they were illegally fired, demoted or denied jobs for failing the racially discriminatory Liberal Arts and Sciences Test.
  • Pearson, NJ, spying on social media of students taking PARCC tests

    03/13/2015 3:20:31 PM PDT · by OL Hickory · 7 replies
    Bob Braun's Ledger ^ | march 13th 2015 | Bob braun
    ” Pearson, the multinational testing and publishing company, is spying on the social media posts of students–including those from New Jersey–while the children are taking their PARCC, statewide tests, this site has learned exclusively.
  • Controversial standardized tests debut in Florida schools

    03/02/2015 12:44:37 PM PST · by Roos_Girl · 4 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | 03/01/2015 | CHRISTINA VEIGA
    More students are expected to flunk. School districts warn they might not be ready. And parents are threatening to boycott. Ready or not — and many school boards, parents and teachers have been screaming to lawmakers that they’re not — Florida will roll out its new, much debated standardized tests on Monday. The Florida Department of Education is forging ahead, even with a host of unknowns hanging in the air. Students, for instance, don’t even know what score they’ll have to make to pass. “We need to question if we have gone too far, too fast,” Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho...
  • Prenatal Tests Have High Failure Rate, Triggering Abortions

    12/15/2014 1:29:03 PM PST · by Morgana · 8 replies
    NBC NEWS ^ | December 14th 2014 | Susan Donaldson James
    Zachary Diamond and Angie Nunes look at their "wonderfully healthy" 6-month-old son Solomon, knowing they might have terminated the pregnancy — all because of a popular prenatal test that was wrong. The Portland, Oregon, couple was encouraged to use a new noninvasive blood test that their doctor said was "99 percent" accurate in predicting chromosomal abnormalities. The test revealed the fetus had Trisomy 18 or Edwards syndrome, a painful genetic condition that is nearly always fatal, and their doctor told them to prepare for the worst. "If you google Trisomy 18, your heart will just shatter with the prognosis," Diamond,...
  • Common Core Curtailed in Colorado

    12/12/2014 7:08:07 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 11, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Thus, no matter how full-throated the endorsements of Common Core by such worthies as former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, the parents go marching on. “Colorado Springs School District 11 struck a blow against the Common Core by voting to remove the majority of its students from the new, mandatory standardized tests,” Chris Neal wrote in School Reform News this month. “District 11, which has nearly 30, 000 students, announced it plans to randomly test the minimum number of students needed to meet the federal requirement, allowing the rest to opt...
  • How to Nuke a Submarine

    12/02/2014 7:22:39 AM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies
    War is Boring ^ | December 1, 2014 | Steve Weintz
    Can you kill a sub with a nuke? It seems pretty obvious that a nuclear explosion deep in the ocean should sink a submarine, but you need to be sure if you’re gearing up for World War III. During the heyday of nuclear testing in the 1950s, the U.S. Navy made sure of its underwater atomic might with an elaborate and very loud test. Sailors and scientists needed to know the range and lethality of underwater nuclear explosions. Would they harm the crews, ships and planes delivering the weapons? Would the ocean become too contaminated near the blast for forces...