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Why school isn’t for children anymore — teacher

Why school isn’t for children anymore — teacher | Getting A Job |
The Ohio teaching veteran says standardized testing has twisted public education.
Joseph Brecht's comment, April 4, 2014 7:18 AM
A3 7. The fifth grade class under Ms. Neely-Randall has covered an enormous amount of information this past year. Students under her supervision can write seven paragraph essays in one class and have read novel after novel. These students have also learned topics that most high school students don’t know. Using their studies in school these students have traveled metaphorically all over the world. But instead of opening even more doors these students are forced to do test preparations.
Joseph Brecht's comment, April 4, 2014 7:24 AM
A3 8. Why can’t the students continue to learn? The answer is no matter how amazingly brilliant the student, they must sit for two a half-hours and take a test. Even if the teacher covers the entire curriculum before the test is supposed to begin they must still prep. This is a sad reality for all students making the last few months of school is a pointless waste.
Joseph Brecht's comment, April 4, 2014 9:21 AM
A3. 9. The fact that all schooling has to stop to prep for a test is amazing. The students will take the reading, math, and science portions in one week. That accumulates to seven and a half hours of testing in one week. For any elementary student that is a challenge and a horror. As of this publishing the students will take these tests twice in March and May. That amounts to fifteen total hours of testing all for the state.
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Confused by Florida's teacher scoring? So are top teachers

Confused by Florida's teacher scoring? So are top teachers | Getting A Job |
Patrick Boyko is a good teacher. He is probably even outstanding. A couple of weeks ago, Boyko was named the 2014 Hillsborough County Teacher of the Year.
Joseph Brecht's comment, April 3, 2014 9:43 AM
A3. 1. In the Tampa Bay area Patrick Boyko was named to the prestigious award of Teacher of the Year. Being this award is a county wide award one would assume it is a great honor for the best teacher on any level. This isn't the case for Mr. Boyko. He scored very negatively on the VAM's. These tests are a model to assess how much a teacher adds to the students knowledge. He scored a very low score, with his students being between ten and twenty percent below other average students.
Joseph Brecht's comment, April 4, 2014 5:02 AM
A3. 2. Teachers of the year winners all over the state had also received poor ratings in this new grading system. In Pinellas county the teacher of the year received a VAM score of 2.55. This means that the students under Kevin Ford only scored 2.55 percent higher than the average student should. The fan favorite in this county also received a horrible VAM score of minus forty-one point four two.
Joseph Brecht's comment, April 4, 2014 5:07 AM
A3 3. The teachers like this were not teaching classes tested on the FCAT, Florida’s Standardized Test. This brings into consideration the accuracy of these tests. These scores are associated with the Standard Error of the test takers, which can vary on a large scale. The Test takers participation could make a difference. The more the teacher has the more condensed the Standard Error. The smaller the group the larger the range.
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Teachers Wanted: US Cities with Most Teaching Jobs

Student loan cancellations and grants are only two of the the benefits of working as a teacher in an area where there is an official shortage of teachers.
Joseph Brecht's comment, March 14, 2014 4:55 AM
<br>6. Mississippi is the next on the list of shortages in the US. In January of 2013 a local news station reports that there is a shortage of teachers amounting to about 2400. Math and science are the two hardest hit regions. The Mississippi Delta is the hardest hit area. That is most do to the fact that the area is very poor and very rural. This area however, up until the civil war, was a region of plenty. Since then racism and other cultural issues have plagued the area. A modern day problem is also at fault, low pay, the teachers are getting pay lower than other surrounding areas.
Joseph Brecht's comment, March 14, 2014 4:55 AM
7. California is next on the list of teaching crisis. California also had a mass layoff in the recent years of the recession. This however, experts predict, will turn to hurt California. The enrollment of education majors in the area has dropped 40%. In recent years there has been little to know relief. The two leading areas are special ed and teaching English as a second language.
Joseph Brecht's comment, March 14, 2014 4:55 AM
8. Our second largest state with the ninth largest city and even its capital are the places looking for the most teachers. Texas is the one exception here where teachers make a higher wage, 20% higher to be exact. Dallas’s magnets schools, not the main, are considered some of the best in the country. Austin as well has an outstanding reputation of being a great family raising city and is unofficially “the live music capital of the world.
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GPA vs. SAT Scores: Which is More Important?

GPA vs. SAT Scores: Which is More Important? | Getting A Job |
A new study finds high-school GPAs may be a better predictor of college performance than standardized test scores, but that doesn’t mean students can brush off the standardized test.
Joseph Brecht's comment, April 4, 2014 5:14 AM
A3 4. High school students can not rely on the SAT’s and average grades to get into college anymore. The NACAC has released a study saying that the High School GPA shares a direct correlation to the college graduation rate. Rather than just rely on the great scores of a Standardized Test this board has looked at colleges that have an optional SAT or ACT turn in. These colleges focus on what the student has done in high school and how they can perform on a college level.
Joseph Brecht's comment, April 4, 2014 5:26 AM
Over the past decade this is the first study to be conducted and officially published. As college students graduate, their GPA’s from college are a lot like those of their high school GPA’s. High test scores could mean they have the ability to succeed but the High GPA means the students will also work for it as well.
Joseph Brecht's comment, April 4, 2014 9:27 AM
A3 10. As there are some students that do not do well on the SAT’s or the ACT’s, they should weigh their options on a school that has an optional policy on these tests. Studies have shown that a higher GPA in high school will mean more success in college than that of a high-test score. If a student has the option to avoid using poor test scores then that student should.
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PA Certification

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"Pennsylvania considers the education of its children to be among the highest priorities of state government and has dedicated many resources toward that end."

Joseph Brecht's comment, March 5, 2014 5:18 PM
1. In the state of Pennsylvania, Education sits atop a long list of priorities. The state decided that putting more resources towards our schools is above all else necessary. Teachers must complete a state approve course as well as student teaching. These future educators must also complete a volley of mathematic, reading, and writing. They must also tests specific to their field of study. Finally all paperwork and assessments must be filed with the department of education in order to receive their teaching degree.
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Teaching Jobs Are in High Demand Despite The Recession | MAT@USC | USC Rossier Online

Teaching Jobs Are in High Demand Despite The Recession | MAT@USC | USC Rossier Online | Getting A Job |
Did you know that employment opportunities for K-12 teaching is expected to grow 15% over the next decade? Learn more about the teaching profession's bright outlook.
Joseph Brecht's comment, March 14, 2014 4:56 AM
9. A teaching masters degree used to be a giant hassle to get. You would typically quit your job, commute to school everyday as a full time student. The internet has made that a antiquated means of receiving your degree. With the internet now you can sit at home or work your normal day job and fit your classes in where needed. This also means you don’t have to live near a university to travel everyday.
Joseph Brecht's comment, March 14, 2014 4:56 AM
10. Your teaching certification is the first step to receiving your first class of students. Almost all states need you to have a bachelor’s degree in teaching. Your Bachelor’s degree program has most likely prepared you for this certification. If you have specified your studies however you can still get your certification.