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PARCC's ultimatim in test leak riles educators. Publisher's ultimatim in test leak riles educators | KGW.com: PARCC's ultimatim in test leak riles educators A long-simmering dissatisfaction over standardized testing came to a head this month when an academic uploaded a handful of test items to the Internet and promptly got a note from the test’s creator, threatening legal action if she didn’t take down the items — and name her source.

PARCC's ultimatim in test leak riles educators

The academic, Celia Oyler of Columbia University’s Teachers College, took down the items, which she said came to her anonymously. School districts got A grades on paper tests, but F grades online, survey shows. CLEVELAND, Ohio - Test your students on paper, get an A.

School districts got A grades on paper tests, but F grades online, survey shows

Test them on online, get an F. That's what happened most of the time on last year's state tests, the first time Ohio gave most of them online, a survey of two thirds of the school districts in the state shows. School districts that tested students online were whacked with F grades on a key state report card measure nine times as often as those that used paper and pencil, according the survey that will be released statewide today. And online tests had five times fewer A grades, according to the same survey.

Of districts that tested on paper, 85% received an A. Michael Molnar, the director of educational services for the Amherst school district in Lorain County, has been collecting data on test grades and how much they are affected by test "mode" - the different ways kids take the tests - since state report cards were released Feb. 25. Homework is wrecking our kids: The research is clear, let’s ban elementary homework. Fighting For Accurate Sex Education. Last week, President Obama said he is eliminating $85 million for abstinence only sex education from the Federal Budget for 2017.

Fighting For Accurate Sex Education

Naturally, many states are fighting against it. Some states are adopting better sex education policies. » ‘Science Guy’ Speaks Out: Bill Nye Says Nay To Anti-Evolution Crusade, As Bills Pop Up In The States. Sandhya Bathija is the Communications Associate for Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

» ‘Science Guy’ Speaks Out: Bill Nye Says Nay To Anti-Evolution Crusade, As Bills Pop Up In The States

With Darwin Day (Feb. 12) just around the corner, scientists, educators and citizens across the world are gearing up to celebrate the birth of Charles Darwin and his contributions to science. As Bill Nye “The Science Guy” recently put it, teachers’ reluctance to teach Darwin’s theory of evolution is “horrible.” Scientific advances that benefit everyone could be at risk if students don’t learn sound science. Science Teachers’ Grasp of Climate Change Is Found Lacking. Photo credit: Max Reed By John Schwartz Most science teachers in the United States spend some time on climate change in their courses, but their insufficient grasp of the science as well as political factors “may hinder effective teaching,” according to a nationwide survey of the profession.

Science Teachers’ Grasp of Climate Change Is Found Lacking

The survey, described in the current issue of the journal Science, found that teachers spent little time on the topic — just one to two hours on average over an academic year. “It’s clearly not enough time to really provide students with a good scientific understanding,” said Eric Plutzer, the lead author of the paper and a professor of political science at Pennsylvania State University. Many teachers also provide misinformation about climate change, the survey found.

Education Votes. Apps for Special Needs. So You Want Evidence of Choice and Charter Problems? Substitute Leaves Note on Teacher’s Lesson Plan Urging Him to Expose Students to Creationism. Thank you for your interest in Patheos newsletters!

Substitute Leaves Note on Teacher’s Lesson Plan Urging Him to Expose Students to Creationism

Please enter your email address below and click the "Subscribe" button. Thank you for your subscription. You can visit your Preference Center to complete your profile and see what else we have to offer. We apologize, we were unable to complete your subscription at this time, please try again later. If this error persists please contact us at communications@patheos.com. Obama wants Congress to pledge $4bn for computer science in US schools. President Barack Obama said on Saturday he will ask Congress for billions of dollars to help students learn computer science skills and prepare for jobs in a changing economy.

Obama wants Congress to pledge $4bn for computer science in US schools

“In the new economy, computer science isn’t an optional skill. It’s a basic skill, right along with the three R’s,” Obama said in his weekly address. Obama said only about one-quarter of K-12 schools offer computer science instruction, but that most parents want their children to develop analytical and coding skills. President Obama outlines his Computer Science for All Initiative. Remarks of President Barack Obama as Prepared for Delivery Weekly Address The White House January 30, 2016 Hi everybody.

President Obama outlines his Computer Science for All Initiative

As I said in my State of the Union address, we live in a time of extraordinary change – change that’s affecting the way we live and the way we work. New technology replaces any job where work can be automated. Workers need more skills to get ahead. Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Darnell Earley’s ‘Sick Of Sick-Outs’ 101 - www.liberalamerica.org. Schools have a duty to promote evolution far more robustly. Atheist headteacher Tom Sherrington, above, earned praise from Richard Dawkins and others after he went on the offensive recently against the teaching of creationism in UK schools.

Schools have a duty to promote evolution far more robustly

The head of Highbury Grove School in London revealed in piece on his Headguruteacher blog that he had been addressing the issue of evolution at assemblies in order to: Give prominence to the idea of evolution by (non-random natural selection) and to present the range of areas of science that support our understanding of it …For me, the story of evolution – the amazing, wonderful, fascinating story – is far, far more awe-inspiring than the religious stories … Knowing the journey to our current situation as the race of humans we’ve become is essential to understanding the depth of our shared humanity.

One Earth; One Family; Our Common Ancestry. It’s a message worth repeating loud and clear. Any school would be fortunate to have a head like this. In his article, Mr Sherrington wrote: Improving how Ohio cares for kids. Ohio children are less likely to be in publicly funded preschool or childcare, as state funding lags.

Improving how Ohio cares for kids

Contact: Wendy Patton, 614.221.4505 Download report Download summary Press release Executive summary. Ramshackle Conditions In Detroit Schools Prompt Sickouts By Teachers. A second antiscience bill in Oklahoma. House Bill 3045 (PDF), styled the Scientific Education and Academic Freedom Act, is the second antiscience bill in the Oklahoma legislature for 2016, joining Senate Bill 1322. If enacted, the bill would require state and local educational authorities to "assist teachers to find more effective ways to present the science curriculum where it addresses scientific controversies" and permit teachers to "help students understand, analyze, critique, and review in an objective manner the scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of existing scientific theories pertinent to the course being taught," prohibiting administrators from interfering.

As introduced, the bill specifically mentions "biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, global warming, and human cloning" as subjects which "some teachers may be unsure" about how to teach. Bill Gates should be ashamed: His back-room, charter-school power play hurts kids, public education. Oklahoma Legislator Introduces Yet Another Bill to Permit Teaching of Creationism in Public Schools. Thank you for your interest in Patheos newsletters! Please enter your email address below and click the "Subscribe" button. Anti-NGSS bill in Iowa. Just How Bad ARE Texas Textbooks? THIS Bad. Penalize schools for test 'opt-outs,' or let them game the system? Bill would lift penalties. Penalize schools for test 'opt-outs,' or let them game the system? Bill would lift penalties.

Fired for feeding a hungry kid: A cafeteria worker’s good deed turns to bureaucratic nightmare. The disturbing provisions about teacher preparation in No Child Left Behind rewrite. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg) There has been loud applause in the education world for the new Every Student Succeeds Act, the successor to No Child Left Behind that has passed the House and is expected to become federal law soon. Ohio Teacher Plans To Sue Kasich Education Department For Bullying. Ohio. Open Educational Resources (OER): Resource Roundup. Resources by Topic: Free to Use & Public Domain Clip Art - ClipArtLord.com. Great Classroom Tools.