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Beyond education: How the economy is influencing school standardized testing - Patriot-News

Beyond education: How the economy is influencing school standardized testing - Patriot-News | teaching | Scoop.it
Beyond education: How the economy is influencing school standardized testing Patriot-News And while the scores from the first year of Keystone testing may leave something to be desired, at the TeamPa Foundation, Ryan Unger describes it as a...
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Domenic Cervone's comment, March 5, 2014 1:08 PM
1.) As of 2009 there were many kids in PA that were on there way to college that were said to be unprepared. They weren't taught what they were needed to learn in high-school. Now, because of this PA made it a requirement for students going to college to first pass a test to show that they're prepared.
Domenic Cervone's comment, March 5, 2014 1:17 PM
2.) " Of the thousands of PA High-school students who will apply to college this summer somewhere between a quarter and a third will not graduate."(Malawskey) This is due to students not being able to keep up with college work because of how unprepared their high-school has made them. Some people blame our ability to not keep up with work on technology. Whoevers fault it is it doesn't matter anymore, because now the keystones are designed to show if students are ready for the next level of education or not.
Domenic Cervone's comment, March 5, 2014 1:30 PM
3.) The keystones make teachers teach a specific curriculum so they can make sure that their student is as best prepared for the exam as possible. So keystones in a way reflect the teachers, which make them teach more efficiently. Also, the keystones are as much for the economy as it's for education. Experts are saying that are science scores have went up from 2011 to 2012 so are hopefully expecting a sign of improvement in the future because of this.
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Keystone officials support new standards, but not testing - Chronicle-Telegram

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Chronicle-Telegram Keystone officials support new standards, but not testing Chronicle-Telegram LAGRANGE — Keystone Schools Curriculum Director David Kish said district employees are prepared for new state-mandated tests, but that doesn't mean...
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Domenic Cervone's comment, March 6, 2014 1:21 PM
4.) These Keystone tests are like assessments for students to examine their readiness for college. "The group, a consortium of 18 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Vigin Islands received a $186 million grant through the U.S. Department of Education to develop the assessments, according to PARCC's website."(Kish) Keystone officials support the new standards of testing and believe it will be very successful in the future.
Domenic Cervone's comment, March 6, 2014 1:24 PM
5.) "Spokesman for the Ohio Department of Education, said that testing is necessary to deterime the strengths and weaknesses of each student."(Charlton) Ohio had an abundant amount of individuals that could not read over a proficient level in third grade. Now these specific individuals have to take remedial courses in the college they're attending.
Domenic Cervone's comment, March 6, 2014 1:28 PM
6.) They now want to start testing kids in kindergarten so they can grade where that specific kid is compared to the others. There is an immense pressure for the next generation of students keystone scores to be better than last years scores. With this one of the keystone officials David Kish said "test scores will likely drop because of the pressure put on the students."(Kish)
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Weather forces state to extend PSSA testing period - Allentown Morning Call

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Weather forces state to extend PSSA testing period
Allentown Morning Call
Districts will now have an extra week to give the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment, according to a news release issued Friday.
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West Jefferson Hills officials object to Common Core State Standards - Tribune-Review

West Jefferson Hills officials object to Common Core State Standards - Tribune-Review | teaching | Scoop.it
West Jefferson Hills officials object to Common Core State Standards Tribune-Review On both the national and state levels, Common Core will establish uniform standards across the country to ensure that high school graduates are prepared to move on...
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Domenic Cervone's comment, March 13, 2014 8:25 PM
9.) "On both the national and state levels, Common Core and establish uniform standards across the country to ensure that high school graduates are prepared to move on to higher education or enter the workforce."(Dreeland) Having standards allows the teachers to teach to their full potential which then will allow the student for the best education possible. Also, a better education will help the students in their future.
Domenic Cervone's comment, March 13, 2014 8:33 PM
10.) "Students will be tested in English and language arts: reading, writing, speaking and listening, language; media and technology' and math."(Dreeland) This will all help better students educations. To add to all those tests there are also tests in special subjects that are required to be passed in order to graduate. This is good because it will show for sure which students are ready to move on and which aren't ready.
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City, suburban schools grappling with common problem - Philly.com

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Philly.com City, suburban schools grappling with common problem Philly.com Administrators at both schools also discussed the pressures of complying with state mandates like the Keystone Exams and Pennsylvania Common Core standards given the lack of...
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10 things we learned from Hite's new Action Plan 2.0 - Philadelphia Public School Notebook (blog)

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10 things we learned from Hite's new Action Plan 2.0 Philadelphia Public School Notebook (blog) Most recent District data indicate that only 16 percent of District students who have an Individualized Education Program scored proficient or advanced...
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Domenic Cervone's comment, March 12, 2014 7:22 PM
7.) "In 2013, only 45 percent of 3rd graders had proficient or advanced PSSA's reading scores."(Mezzacappa) Could the low scores be because the PSSA's restrictions on how teachers teach are to lazy? Well those are the lowest reading scores since 2005-2006 so you tell me.
Domenic Cervone's comment, March 12, 2014 7:31 PM
8.) "Only 23 percent of 9th graders from district schools finished within a year."(Mezzacappa) That's a very low percent and since the PSSA testing scores are also low you have to stop and think that maybe they can be connected to each other. If we changed to keystones the teachers would then have a specific list of things to teach in order to prepare their students for the exam. Which could push the students to learn and allowing the graduate percentage to increase all because of a different test.