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Exploring the Inequity and Trickery that Led to the SAT Redesign

Exploring the Inequity and Trickery that Led to the SAT Redesign | In the News | Scoop.it
During junior year of high school, three little letters become very powerful: SAT. Recent changes to the college entrance exams will change the content of the tests and will also affect the expanding test-preparation industry. KWHS takes a look at the SAT – specifically, its accessibility, affordability and authenticity as a test of knowledge.
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The SAT's are switching back to the 1600 scale.  It will be interesting to see if changing the vocabulary words to more realistic, professional words (ex: things you would see in a resume or business) will benefit students and help prepare them for college.

 

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Victor Elementary district switching schools to parent-choice - Victorville Daily Press

Victor Elementary district switching schools to parent-choice - Victorville Daily Press | In the News | Scoop.it
Victor Elementary district switching schools to parent-choice Victorville Daily Press VICTORVILLE • Officials say 18 elementary schools in Victorville will open as “parent-choice schools” for the 2014-15 school year, offering new campus focuses...
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I can imagine many problems with "schools of choice".  For example, over population and transportation.  They have worked out a transportation plan, but will it really work?  Do we really think that this is the best thing for children?  The results will be interesting to track.

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The Overprotected Kid

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A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution.
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I found this article and found it extremely interesting.  It acknowledges the differences of freedoms that children used to have years ago and that compared to of now.  I agree with the "The Land" playground atmosphere, it engages children more in their dramatic play.

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Civics Education Testing Only Required In 9 States For High School Graduation

Civics Education Testing Only Required In 9 States For High School Graduation | In the News | Scoop.it
A study by the Center for Information and Research on Civil Learning & Engagement at Tufts University has found that most states do not emphasize civic education, which includes learning about citizenship, government, law, current events and related topics. In the current school year, 21 states require a state-designed social studies test — a significant decrease from 2001, when 34 states conducted regular assessments on social studies subjects.

Via Tina Little-Coltrane
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Do you think it's important that students learn about Civic Education?  Should we be taught citizenship, government, law, and current events in school? I think its important that children are aware of how the government works, it only guides them for the future when they become eligible to vote.

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