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  • 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...
  • Breaking Now : AFP: authorities say a second health worker in Texas has tested positive for Ebola

    10/15/2014 1:55:41 AM PDT · by sunmars · 401 replies
    Just Breaking on News Wires now.
  • The Education Establishment’s “Success”

    07/31/2014 7:22:34 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 15 replies
    Campus Report ^ | August 2014 | Deborah Lambert
    It’s sad but true. Nearly 50% of high school seniors know the names of The Three Stooges (Larry, Moe and Curly) but can’t name the three branches of government. And fully one-third of students asked for the origin of the statement “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need,” responded that this came from the Bill of Rights when it actually came from The Communist Manifesto. So says Dr. Walter Williams, the eminent free market economist and higher education critic, who explained in a recent column at Townhall.com that examples like this are a testament to...
  • 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...
  • Now There Are Three: Oklahoma, South Carolina Join Indiana in Exiting Common Core

    06/06/2014 8:03:31 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 6-6-14 | Kelsy Harkness
    Common Core is on the chopping block. Oklahoma today became the third state to exit the national education standards and reclaim its decision-making authority in education. The move comes on the heels of South Carolina, which days ago put an end to Common Core—setting precedent for other states to follow. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley quietly signed a bill withdrawing the state from Common Core, but Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, also a Republican, was not shy about stating her reasons for pulling her state from the national standards. “We are capable of developing our own Oklahoma academic standards that will...
  • 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...
  • Harvard Student Charged In Bomb Hoax

    12/17/2013 2:59:05 PM PST · by raccoonradio · 66 replies
    WBZ Boston ^ | 12/17/13 | WBZ Boston
    BOSTON (CBS) — A Harvard student has been charged in connection with Monday’s bomb threats which shut down four Harvard buildings and canceled finals for many students. The U.S. Attorney’s office says Eldo Kim, 20, of Cambridge, emailed several bomb threats to offices associated with Harvard University, including the Harvard University Police Department and the Harvard Crimson, the student-run daily newspaper. Kim will be in US District Court Wednesday. According to the complaint, two officials of Harvard University, and the president of the Harvard Crimson, received identical anonymous email messages bearing a “subject” line that read “bombs placed around campus.”...
  • Sacramento County To Offer Home STD Tests For Chlamydia, Gonorrhea

    08/27/2013 11:09:28 PM PDT · by grundle · 4 replies
    CBS News/Sacramento ^ | August 26, 2013 | Anjali Hemphill
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Sacramento County’s health department will begin distributing a take-home STD test for women that won’t cost users a penny. The city has one of the highest rates of STDs in the state, and it keeps going up every year. Now a new online program will hopefully get more people to get tested. “We definitely need all the help we can get,” said Sacramento County Public Health Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye. The division of public health says STDs are spreading like wildfire in Sacramento, with chlamydia and gonorrhea considered an epidemic. “Many people who have STDs do not...
  • PayPal tests mobile payments using your face for verification

    08/08/2013 10:28:03 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    cnet ^ | 8/8/13 | Lance Whitney
    PayPal is rolling out a new trial for British consumers to see if they really can leave their wallets at home. Recently kicking off in London borough Richmond upon Thames, the test includes 12 different merchants set up to accept PayPal payments, according to the company. Using the PayPal app for iOS, Android, or Windows Phone, shoppers can see nearby participating merchants highlighted on their mobile phones. They can then "check into" a certain store by clicking on its name and pay for an item by sliding an animated pin down the screen. The person's name and photo then pops...
  • City students' scores take dramatic plunge on new standardized tests (NYC)

    08/08/2013 7:02:26 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 61 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | August 7, 2013 | Corinne Lestch, Ben Chapman, Jennifer Fermino
    Only about one-third of students from grades 3-8 passed the new math and reading proficiency tests, down from nearly a two-thirds in 2012. The new tests are more closely aligned to academic standards adopted by nearly every other state, but critics say children weren't properly prepared to the roll out. New York students struck out on tougher math and reading exams, posting a giant drop in scores on the high-stakes tests that were just as dire as education officials predicted. Only 31% of New York State students in grades 3 to 8 passed the 2013 math and reading tests, down...
  • No closer to common ground: Hearing airs concerns on Common Core

    05/23/2013 6:06:11 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 5-22-13 | Ryan Ekvall
    MADISON –Nearly three years after state Superintendent Tony Evers signed off on implementing the Common Core State Standards, the Assembly and Senate committees on education got around to holding a public hearing to get the facts on the changes in Wisconsin classrooms. The room was packed Wednesday, mostly made up of ‘stop Common Core’ advocates with signs and red T-shirts. There was no mixing up these Common Core opponents with the suit-wearing government bureaucrats and experts asked to testify. Some attendees were shipped down the hall to an overflow room to watch the hearing. The showing at the Capitol could...
  • French tests ease fears of coronavirus transmission

    05/11/2013 10:41:33 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    Reuters) - ^ | May 11, 2013 6:42am EDT
    Three people who came into contact with France's only confirmed case of coronavirus have tested negative for the SARS-like disease, with results pending on two others, Health Minister Marisol Touraine said on Saturday. Lab results were expected later in the day on a friend or family member of the infected man, who remains in serious condition, and another patient who shared his hospital room, the minister and doctors told reporters in Lille, northern France. A doctor, a nurse and a third health professional who had come into contact with the 65-year-old confirmed to have coronavirus are in the clear
  • Envelope tests positive for ricin at Washington mail facility

    04/16/2013 3:25:05 PM PDT · by gore_sux · 122 replies
    CNN ^ | 4/16/2013 | Mike Brooks and Dana Bash
    Washington (CNN) -- An envelope that tested positive for the deadly poison ricin was intercepted Tuesday afternoon at the U.S. Capitol's off-site mail facility in Washington, congressional and law enforcement sources tell CNN.
  • The Boys at the Back

    02/05/2013 7:57:53 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | February 2, 2013 | CHRISTINA HOFF SOMMERS
    As one critic told me recently, the classroom is no more rigged against boys than workplaces are rigged against lazy and unfocused workers. But unproductive workers are adults — not 5-year-olds. If boys are restless and unfocused, why not look for ways to help them do better? As a nation, can we afford not to? A few decades ago, when we realized that girls languished behind boys in math and science, we mounted a concerted effort to give them more support, with significant success. Shouldn’t we do the same for boys? When I made this argument in my book “The...
  • Hillary Clinton has more tests, 'is much better'

    02/04/2013 12:55:25 PM PST · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/4/13 | ap
    (AP) Hillary Clinton has more tests, 'is much better' NEW YORK Her husband says former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has undergone more medical tests but is "doing much better." Former President Bill Clinton made the remarks Monday to New York Congressman Peter King. The two spoke in front of a journalist outside the funeral of former New York City Mayor Ed Koch (kahch). Bill Clinton said his wife had five hours of tests on Sunday and was told to "take it easy for another month." He said if her progress continues, "she'll be completely recovered."
  • North Korea's Nukes and the Ferocious Kim Jong-un

    01/30/2013 3:52:45 PM PST · by DanMiller · 8 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | January 30, 2013 | Dan Miller
    Will the Democratic Peoples' Republic of Korea (DPRK) test another atomic bomb soon and will the test "target" the United States? It seems likely, but how might it be done? The world has been awaiting another North Korean nuclear test since its failed missile launch of April 12, 2012. It was then thought that she was ready for one. That seems not to have been accomplished yet, but another missile launch, also anticipated, took place on December 12, 2012 when North Korea successfully launched a three stage rocket to put a "satellite" into orbit. That launch was frowned upon and...
  • ‘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...
  • Why Equality Must Die

    07/14/2012 7:47:56 AM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 9 replies
    The New American ^ | 13 July 2012 | Selwyn Duke
    One of man’s faults is that he always swings from one extreme to another, without taking more than a pit stop in that lonely land called Enlightened Distinction. For example, it’s understandable that the French Revolutionaries would have adopted “égalité!” as part of their battle cry, coming as they did from a society in which class distinctions trumped all. But now we’ve come full circle, from preserving group-defined inequality regardless of merit — to enforcing group-defined equality regardless of merit. A case in point is a recent ruling mandating that New York City must hire unqualified black and Hispanic firefighters....
  • 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....
  • Strange Tests

    06/10/2012 6:53:43 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 4 replies
    Basic training ^ | Sunday June 10, 2012 | Gene Cunningham
    Strange Tests Sometimes God's commands make no apparent sense at all; when that is the case, it is because He does not want them to make sense to us. God does not do anything without a reason, and He can always be trusted absolutely to be devising good. Sometimes He just wants us to show that we understand that, so He gives us strange tests. Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is rewarder of those who seek him. (HEB 11:6) To Abraham the test...
  • Firing of Dobbs Elementary teacher upheld for aiding students on tests (cheating)

    05/27/2012 3:58:00 AM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies
    AJC ^ | 5/23/12 | Jaime Sarrio
    Firing of Dobbs Elementary teacher upheld for aiding students on testsBy Jaime Sarrio The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 5:59 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, 2012 The firing of a fifth teacher in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal was upheld Wednesday by a tribunal. Derrick Broadwater, a teacher at Dobbs Elementary, was accused of helping students with words they didn't know and prompting them to recheck answers if he suspected something was incorrect. The tribunal voted to uphold APS' decision to terminate Broadwater after hearing recordings of the teacher talking to GBI investigators in March 2011. “I always tell my kids to go...
  • If you feel OK, maybe you are OK.

    03/15/2012 8:53:33 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 32 replies
    NY Times ^ | 02/27/12 | H. Gilbert Welch
    Recently, however, there have been rumblings within the medical profession that suggest that the enthusiasm for early diagnosis may be waning. Most prominent are recommendations against prostate cancer screening for healthy men and for reducing the frequency of breast and cervical cancer screening. Some experts even cautioned against the recent colonoscopy results, pointing out that the study participants were probably much healthier than the general population, which would make them less likely to die of colon cancer. In addition there is a concern about too much detection and treatment of early diabetes, a growing appreciation that autism has been too...
  • Walker unveils plans for boosting reading skills

    01/05/2012 4:23:40 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    Gov. Scott Walker and the state schools superintendent unveiled a task force's recommendations Wednesday for how Wisconsin might ensure that every child can read by the end of the third grade, including testing incoming kindergarteners' reading proficiency, providing teachers with more training opportunities and holding teachers to higher standards. Walker formed the Read to Lead task force in March after reading tests showed Wisconsin students were falling behind students in other states. He and state Superintendent Tony Evers unveiled the recommendations at a public school in the Milwaukee suburb of Greendale. They called the recommendations an "aggressive plan to improve...
  • SAT Reading Scores Fall to Lowest Level on Record

    09/14/2011 12:04:13 PM PDT · by Mind Freed · 66 replies
    Scores on the critical reading portion of the SAT college entrance exam fell three points to their lowest level on record last year, and combined reading and math scores reached their lowest point since 1995. The College Board, which released the scores Wednesday, said the results reflect the record number of students from the high school class of 2011 who took the exam and the growing diversity of the test-taking pool -- particularly Hispanics. As more students aim for college and take the exam, it tends to drag down average scores. Still, while the three-point decline to 497 may look...
  • French Airport Tests 'Virtual' Hologram Boarding Agents

    08/18/2011 11:31:16 AM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Orly, France - An airport in France is experimenting with "virtual" boarding agents in a bid to jazz up its terminals with 21st century avatars who always smile, don't need breaks and never go on strike. The pilot project at Paris' Orly airport began last month, and has so far been met with a mix of amusement and surprise by travelers, who frequently try to touch and speak with the strikingly life-like video images that greet them and direct them to their boarding gate. The images materialize seemingly out of thin air when a boarding agent -- a real live
  • Atlanta public school educators cheat to improve student test scores

    07/06/2011 8:14:18 AM PDT · by Steve495 · 15 replies
    Radio Vice Online ^ | July 6, 2011 | Steve McGough
    Georgia attorney general releases 800-plus page report detailing cheating scandal at Atlanta public schools. Teachers, school administrators and principals were directly involved with various efforts – including outright cheating and changing student answers – to increase the Atlanta school systems student performance scores. Some even held “erasure parties” on weekends to change answers. The report stated that children were denied special-educational assistance because their falsely reported CRCT scores were too high, and during testing, teachers pointed to the correct answer while standing at students’ desks. According to the report, Parks Middle School had the most educators accused of cheating under...
  • Health fair at Black Expo event offers free tests (Indiana - $1000 worth of stuff for everyone)

    07/15/2011 7:21:03 AM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    7/13/11
    Link only - Health fair at Black Expo event offers free tests
  • Dozens of Atlanta educators falsified tests, state report confirms

    07/05/2011 12:07:40 PM PDT · by jessduntno · 25 replies
    CNN (Communist News Network) ^ | Today | CNN Wired Staff
    Dozens of Atlanta public school educators falsified standardized tests or failed to address such misconduct in their schools, Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday in unveiling the results of a state investigation that confirmed widespread cheating in the city schools dating as far back as 2001. "I think the overall conclusion was that testing and results and targets being reached became more important than actual learning for children," Deal said. "And when reaching targets became the goal, it was a goal that was pursued with no excuses." Falsifying test results made the schools appear to be performing better than they really...
  • Iran tests missiles capable of reaching Israel, U.S. bases

    06/28/2011 8:31:12 AM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    JTA ^ | 6/28/11 | Staff
    (JTA) -- Iran reportedly tested medium- and long-range missiles that are capable of reaching Israel and U.S. bases. Tuesday's firing of the missiles came on the second day of the Revolutionary Guards' war games. The day before, Iran's military displayed on national television underground missile silos programmed to hit predetermined targets with medium- and long-range missiles, including Israel and U.S. bases in the Middle East, in the event of an attack. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the Revolutionary Guards Air Force, told the English-language semi-official Iranian news service Fars that the United States and Israel were Iran's only enemies,...
  • On Eternal Life...( I john 1)

    06/23/2011 11:55:58 AM PDT · by pastorbillrandles · 3 replies
    And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.(I John 5:11-13)The letter of the apostle John is all about clarity.His burden is to let christians know what is what and who...
  • Obama: Measure students with more than tests (Hope, change AND dreams?)

    03/28/2011 10:57:07 PM PDT · by Libloather · 35 replies
    TBO ^ | 3/28/11
    Obama: Measure students with more than testsThe Associated Press March 28, 2011 Updated: 11:13 pm WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said Monday that students should take fewer standardized tests and school performance should be measured in other ways than just exam results. Too much testing makes education boring for children, he said. **SNIP** Latino students make up one in five of all students in prekindergarten through high school in the U.S. but lag far behind whites in educational attainment, with less than one in three graduating from high school, according to federal Education Department figures. Obama emphasized to his largely...
  • Bills would require welfare applicants to take, pay for drug tests (randon tests for state workers)

    03/24/2011 5:46:07 PM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    TBO ^ | 3/24/11 | WILLIAM MARCH
    Bills would require welfare applicants to take, pay for drug testsTHE ASSOCIATED PRESS By WILLIAM MARCH | The Tampa Tribune Updated: 03/24/2011 12:05 pm TALLAHASSEE - Bills are advancing in both houses of the Florida Legislature requiring applicants for welfare benefits to take and pay for drug tests, despite Democratic and even some Republican opposition. In House committee hearing Wednesday, the bill's sponsor revised it to make it tougher, applying to all applicants, not just those with criminal records for drug offenses. That brings it in line with the Senate version of the bill, which already applied to all applicants,...
  • Glenn Beck Facebook: One positive from all medical tests: Back on Radio & TV tommorrow

    10/12/2010 9:01:22 PM PDT · by Steelers6 · 114 replies · 2+ views
    Glenn Beck Facebook page ^ | October 12, 2010 | steelers6
    Glenn Beck One positive from all the medical tests: giant milkshakes! See you tomorrow on radio and TV!