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What's in a Grade?

What's in a Grade? | Governor Mifflin HS | Scoop.it
David Cook from the Kentucky Department of Education talks about the importance of grading systems to ensure student mastery.

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Mel Riddile's curator insight, June 26, 1:18 PM

"Dr. Thomas Guskey , a recognized leader in the study of grading systems states: "With traditional approaches to grading that combine everything into a single symbol, a student may ace theAdvanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) exams in calculus, for instance, but get a C in the subject because he didn't do the homework. Another student also may get a C by turning in all the homework and being compliant with teacher requests without learning the subject and doing poorly on tests." 1"

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ACT exam set to better reflect #CommonCore

ACT exam set to better reflect #CommonCore | Governor Mifflin HS | Scoop.it
Changes to the ACT exam will bring the test more in line with Common Core State Standards next year.

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Mel Riddile's curator insight, June 27, 6:37 AM

"Core focus Student performance on the test will be aggregated into two new "readiness indicators" that reflect areas of focus for the CCSS curriculum. Scores in the math and science sections of the test will be folded into one STEM score. A combination of scores from the English, reading and optional writing portions will be combined to form a language arts rating. A "career readiness indicator" representing performance in skills most desired by employers will also be added to the test results, according to The Washington Post."

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Alternatives to Traditional Homework - Awesome Chart for Teachers

Alternatives to Traditional Homework - Awesome Chart for Teachers | Governor Mifflin HS | Scoop.it

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11 Foreign Education Policies That Could Transform American Schools

11 Foreign Education Policies That Could Transform American Schools | Governor Mifflin HS | Scoop.it
We learned the results of the latest PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) last week, and American students performed the same on the well-regarded international exam as they have for the past ten years -- completely stagnant, smack...
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Meet The Education Standards At The Center Of A Tea Party Firestorm

Meet The Education Standards At The Center Of A Tea Party Firestorm | Governor Mifflin HS | Scoop.it
MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) — Remembering the plot of a short story is no longer good enough in teacher Amy Lawson's fifth-grade classroom. Today's students are being asked to think more critically.
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Safe driving campaign earns Governor Mifflin schools $25,000

Safe driving campaign earns Governor Mifflin schools $25,000 | Governor Mifflin HS | Scoop.it
Students and staffers in the Governor Mifflin School District got quite a surprise Wednesday.
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Thank you to everyone who supported our endeavor! 

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Gov. Mifflin senior helps create revolutionary dating app

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Risk and Rigor in the Classroom

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“Going Deep” focuses on a common challenge many teachers face: How can teachers encourage students to take the intellectual risks necessary to master rigorous academic content? At a time when teachers nationwide are striving to achieve the increased instructional rigor required under new Common Core standards, it’s a crucial topic.


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Mifflin teacher's art book is published

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Bands march to success at annual Gov. Mifflin competition

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Celebrate My Drive

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Please vote everyday between October 18-26 and help Gov. Mifflin High School win $100,000! Share and spread the word! We are currently 7th, need to be in the top 5!!!!!!

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This Man Is About To Give The SAT A Dramatic Makeover

This Man Is About To Give The SAT A Dramatic Makeover | Governor Mifflin HS | Scoop.it
NEW YORK -- Growing up in downtown Manhattan as the son of a psychiatrist and a college president, David Coleman never wanted for stimulation.

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Student Math Scores Rise With Longer Day

Student Math Scores Rise With Longer Day | Governor Mifflin HS | Scoop.it
A new study finds improved math scores for students in schools with expanded learning.

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Struggling Math Students Need Direct Instruction, Not 'Fun' Activities, Study Says

Struggling Math Students Need Direct Instruction, Not 'Fun' Activities, Study Says | Governor Mifflin HS | Scoop.it

Music, movement, and manipulatives, while fun, may hinder students struggling in math, study suggests.


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Mel Riddile's curator insight, June 26, 1:14 PM

"neither struggling nor regularly achieving math students improved when using manipulatives, calculators, music, or movement strategies; these activities actually decreased student learning in some cases. Ironically, a regression analysis of the classes found teachers became more likely to use these strategies in classes with higher concentrations of students with math difficulties."

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Teachers more likely to use ineffective instruction when teaching students with mathematics difficulties

Teachers more likely to use ineffective instruction when teaching students with mathematics difficulties | Governor Mifflin HS | Scoop.it
First-grade teachers in the United States may need to change their instructional practices if they are to raise the mathematics achievement of students with mathematics difficulties (MD), according to new research. The study found that first-grade teachers in classrooms with higher percentages of students with MD were more likely to be using ineffective instructional practices with these students.

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What kind of instruction is taking place in the classrooms with the most at risk students?  It is important to know what is happening and what is effective. Read on.......

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New Jersey Adds Arts to School-Performance Reports

New Jersey Adds Arts to School-Performance Reports | Governor Mifflin HS | Scoop.it
New Jersey now includes metrics about arts education in its annual school reports—and education officials say that makes it the first state to do so.

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What the NY Times Doesn't Know About Math Instruction

What the NY Times Doesn't Know About Math Instruction | Governor Mifflin HS | Scoop.it
A New York Times editorial on December 6 called for improved math instruction, calling the current system “broken.” Although I agree we could be doing a better job of teaching math, the...
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Person of the week: Cameron Poet of Shillington

Person of the week: Cameron Poet of Shillington | Governor Mifflin HS | Scoop.it
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The Problem is NOT the Standards

The Problem is NOT the Standards | Governor Mifflin HS | Scoop.it
I wonder what our students would be like today if in the past we were as hypercritical of and scholarly around the standards then as we are now. I’m seeing some brilliant deconstructions of the…
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Governor Mifflin student part of elite National Honors Chorus - Tri County Record

Governor Mifflin student part of elite National Honors Chorus - Tri County Record | Governor Mifflin HS | Scoop.it
Governor Mifflin student part of elite National Honors Chorus
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Governor Mifflin senior Vrushabh Doshi, 17, was recently selected as a member of the 2013 National Association for Music Education (NAfME) All-National Honors Chorus.
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They Loved Your G.P.A. Then They Saw Your Tweets. - NYTimes.com

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Jarsocrak makes mark in go-karts

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Dan Kelly's Korner: Mifflin grad building a better bridge

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What science teachers need to know

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The results of this experiment probably won't surprise you. What surprised me was the fact that we didn't already have data like this in hand. The researchers (Sadler et al., 2013) tested 181 7th and...
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Governor Mifflin Senior High School

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Governor Mifflin Senior High School This school can receive up to $10,000 in Target GiftCards® for any supplies it needs. You can help. Vote now! #GiveWithTarget
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