Student achievement stuck in the middle

first_imgA new study of international and U.S. state trends in student achievement growth shows that the United States is squarely in the middle of a group of 49 nations in fourth- and eighth-grade test-score gains in math, reading, and science over the period 1995-2009.Students in three countries — Latvia, Chile, and Brazil — are improving at a rate of 4 percent of a standard deviation annually, roughly two years’ worth of learning or nearly three times that of the United States. Students in another eight countries — Portugal, Hong Kong, Germany, Poland, Lichtenstein, Slovenia, Colombia, and Lithuania — are making gains at twice the rate of U.S. students.The report, “Is the United States Catching Up? International and State Trends in Student Achievement,” is being released by Harvard’s Program on Education Policy and Governance (PEPG). Eric A. Hanushek, Paul E. Peterson, and Ludger Woessmann conducted the study, which is available online. An article based on the report will appear in the fall issue of Education Next and was available today online.Compared with gains made by students in other countries, “progress within the United States is middling, not stellar,” notes Peterson, Harvard professor and PEPG director, with 24 countries trailing the U.S. rate of improvement and another 24 that appear to be improving at a faster rate. While U.S. students’ performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) tests improved in absolute terms between 1995 and 2011, U.S. progress was not sufficiently rapid to allow it to catch up with the leaders of the industrialized world.Rates of improvement varied among states. Maryland had the steepest achievement growth trend, followed by Florida, Delaware, and Massachusetts. Between 1992 and 2011, these states posted growth rates of 3.1 to 3.3 percent of a standard deviation annually, well over a full year’s worth of learning during the time period. The U.S. average of 1.6 standard deviations was about half that of the top states.The other six states among the top 10 improvers were Louisiana, South Carolina, New Jersey, Kentucky, Arkansas, and Virginia. States with the largest gains are improving at two to three times the rate of states with the smallest gains — such as Iowa, Maine, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin.The study raises questions about education goal setting in the United States, which “has often been utopian rather than realistic,” according to Eric Hanushek, who cites the 1990 governors’ goal calling for the U.S. to be “first in the world in math and science by 2000” as an example. More realistic expectations would call for states to move closer to annual growth rates of the most-improving states. These gains would, over a 15- to 20-year period, “bring the United States within the range of the world’s leaders.”Other findings include:States in which students improved the most overall were also the states that had the largest percentage reduction in students with very low achievement.Southern states, which began to adopt education reform measures in the 1990s, outpaced Midwestern states, where school reform made little headway until very recently. Five of the top 10 states were in the South, and no Southern states were in the bottom 18.No significant correlation was found between increased spending on education and test score gains. For example, Maryland, Massachusetts, and New Jersey posted large gains in student performance after boosting spending, but New York, Wyoming, and West Virginia had only marginal test-score gains to show from increased expenditures.International results are based on 28 administrations of comparable math, science, and reading tests over the period 1995-2009. The authors adjusted both the mean and the standard deviation of each international test, allowing them to estimate trends on the international tests on a common scale normed to the 2000 NAEP tests. Student performance on 36 administrations of math, reading, and science tests in 41 U.S. states was examined over a 19-year period (1992-2011), allowing for a comparison of these states with each other. For more information on the study and its methodology, please see an unabridged version of the report, which is available at http://www.hks.harvard.edu/pepg/ and at www.educationnext.org.last_img read more

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Golden platform supplier to stay with Total in Nigeria until 2018

first_imgTotal E&P Nigeria has awarded Golden Energy Offshore, a Norway-based shipowner and operator of offshore service vessels, a three-month extension for its Energy Scout platform supply vessel (PSV).To remind, the company announced at the end of June that it had entered into a contract with Total E&P Nigeria for the PSV Energy Scout for a firm period of three months and optional periods of 3 months each. The company did not specify how many optional periods are included in the contract.According to Golden Energy’s statement on Friday, the deal for the Energy Scout was now extended in direct continuation of the present firm contract and the vessel will stay with Total until January 1, 2018.Before the July deal for the PSV, the Energy Scout was hired on a six-month deal with optional extension periods of six months each in August of last year.The vessel has worked for Total in Africa for quite some time, with the last four charters coming from Total E&P Nigeria, Total E&P Angola, and Total E&P Congo for general supply duties.The first contract with Total for the vessel was back in 2011 while the contract with Total in Angola was a long-term charter which lasted over three years.The vessel is a UT 755-L design and is a mechanically driven supply ship built by Brevik Construction and delivered in 2005. The vessel is designed for field supply & ROV duties, equipped with four thrusters and DP 2 class dynamic positioning system and is meant for all kind of offshore services.The vessel was built with an integrated system of two passive stabilizing tanks below the main deck to minimize roll. This allows it to remain along the platforms in heavier weather.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

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After sweep by Ohio State, SU aims to sure up fundamentals

first_img Published on November 3, 2010 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Following consecutive losses against Ohio State last weekend, the Syracuse ice hockey team is now faced with its first real adversity of the season and its fair share of work. But on a team with 10 rotating freshmen and 11 new players, adversity is a good thing. It’s a learning experience. And before the schedule begins to creep into conference play, the coaching staff is working to get through that adversity to restore the little things that make the team effective. ‘Not to say that they’re confused,’ associate coach Graham Thomas said. ‘But the game happens so fast, and you have to worry about playing on instincts and making quick decisions. Sometimes I think there’s too much going on in their heads, and they’re not playing on instincts. Thinking too much instead of reacting and playing.’ This week, Syracuse has replaced full-squad practices with individual workouts, stressing fundamentals, skill breakdowns and a reiteration of roles in the team’s system. At 4-4-1, SU has completed just over a quarter of its 34-game season. The Orange had a frustrating weekend against Ohio State, cluttered with unlucky bounces and poor execution against the Buckeyes. While losing 4-2 last Saturday, SU was outshooting OSU by more than 20. Syracuse is doing what it can to take control of future momentum swings, as plainly as possible.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text And that can’t start halfway through its next second period. It has to start in practice. ‘What we’re really focusing on right now is that we don’t want to get too caught up and too carried away with what the other team is doing,’ Thomas said. ”Consistency in preparation’ is a term that we’ve been using with our players. I think that starts with focusing a lot about what we’re going to do to be successful and not worrying too much about them.’ Syracuse will meet Clarkson twice in a home-and-home series over the next two weekends, beginning at the Tennity Ice Skating Pavilion Friday. The Knights, who have been 3-2-1 since mid-October, own a 3-6-1 overall record and are taking a break from their own conference play to meet the Orange. Clarkson has 11 juniors and seniors with a senior goaltender. Syracuse has just eight upperclassmen, with freshman goalies seeing most of the work. Coaches stress preparation because this is a point in which the season can start to move very quickly for a young player. ‘I think together, it’s a good group,’ head coach Paul Flanagan said of his new group. ‘They’re outnumbered, of course. There are just three seniors with so many freshmen and sophomores. If anything, that’s the tough part of it. It’s their first few months away from home, in a strange environment, all these freedoms as individuals and all this work they have to do. There’s a lot going on.’ Early on, Syracuse was hanging with nationally ranked opponents and toppling lesser ones. Perhaps Ohio State was worth all the hype and Syracuse will have to lick its wounds and get up off the deck. But either way, this young Syracuse team and program will have to grow up fast. And for SU’s players, that means getting back to the basic skills that got them to this point. SU players won’t exactly know how good the opponent will be until they go over the game film on Thursday, and maybe even until they hit the ice on Friday. But in a sense, that’s not too important right now. If Syracuse is going to get its work done on Friday, it will be because its players are able to focus on themselves and not their opponents. ‘I wouldn’t say that we’re over-preparing, but what we need to do is simplify our approach. Keep it more streamlined,’ Thomas said. ‘More simple. More about what we have to do to execute to be successful on our end.’ [email protected]center_img Commentslast_img read more

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Chuba Hubbard says speaking out turned his social media into a ‘playground for hate’

first_imgThe Cowboys player also called for the resignation of Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater in a tweet he’s since deleted. In the tweet, Hubbard said Prater “overstepped his position by allowing police brutality and excessive force to continue against demonstrators exercising the First Amendment in Oklahoma City, OK.”MORE: 2020 college football bowl projectionsHe sent a few additional tweets saying Prater “is abusing his power as an elected official.” He also called on his followers to call Prater’s office and “1. Drop all charges against demonstrators, 2. End qualified immunity, 3. Re-open the Isaiah Lewis case, 4. End cash bail, and 5. Resign.” Oklahoma State star running back Chuba Hubbard is staying off social media for a while.Hubbard tweeted a statement Tuesday saying that his social media pages have turned into a “playground for hate” since he’s been more vocal on issues this offseason. Hubbard first gained attention when he threatened to hold out this upcoming football season after his coach, Mike Gundy, was seen wearing an OAN shirt. After his tweets started to gain traction, Hubbard deactivated his social media accounts. He later reinstated them, but said in a statement that he’s going to stay off the platforms for now.Peace be with you all 🖤 pic.twitter.com/u5leqHVfao— Chuba Hubbard (@Hubbard_RMN) July 21, 2020″I have never incited or promoted violence or hate. All I’ve done is voice my opinion on issues I feel are not ethical! I love all,” Hubbard wrote in his statement. “Even those that don’t see eye to eye with me! I will continue to play football at the highest level! That won’t ever stop! But I also won’t stop pushing for what I feel is right! With that being said .. I have noticed my social media has become a playground for hate. That’s the last thing I ever wanted to happen! I am a man, a Black man, a human. Everything I’ve ever said or done in my life I own! All the love and hate I own!”Hubbard opened the door to a return to Twitter, but for the time being he’s staying away.last_img read more

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Mauricio Pochettino is Bayern’s No1 choice to replace axed Niko Kovac

first_imgBAYERN MUNICH have made Mauricio Pochettino their main priority as they search for a new boss, according to reports.The Bundesliga giants axed Niko Kovac this month and Hansi Flick is expected to continue until the end of the season.1 Mauricio Pochettino is on the radar of a number of top sidesCredit: AFP or licensorsCaretaker Flick masterminded a 4-0 hammering of Borussia Dortmund but Pochettino is being lined up should he quit Spurs, claims The Athletic.A source is quoted as saying: “Pochettino would be the preferred solution.“If he and Spurs end up splitting, which looks likely, Bayern will do anything to get him.”On the other hand, that’s what everyone would do, even Real Madrid and probably Manchester United, who have been aiming at him for a year and a half now.”It’s a very difficult option, but that would be Bayern’s priority.”The report adds that Thomas Tuchel is another frontrunner, while Arsene Wenger was only considered as a caretaker.Pochettino has failed to build on last season’s Champions League final run and Spurs are a club in crisis with several senior players joining the boss in wanting out.Most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsJan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Christian Eriksen are all out of contract in the summer and a rebuild is on the cards.Tottenham struggled to a VAR-assisted 1-1 draw with newly-promoted Sheffield United in their last outing before the international break.And they will try to regroup for a clash against West Ham on November 23 before Olympiakos visit London three days later.[pod_component pod_component_config_id=”bWMArKDIZ”pod_component_config_url=”https://www.thesun.co.uk/nu-sun-pod-component-config-prod/bWMArKDIZ.json” pod_component_config_loader_url=”https://www.thesun.co.uk/nu-sun-pod-loaders-prod/1.66.0/componentLoader.js?114810″ src=”https%3A%2F%2Fiframe.thesun.co.uk%2Fnu-sun-pod-widgets-prod%2Fiframe-pod.html%3Fid%3DbWMArKDIZ%26script%3Dhttps%3A%2F%2Fwww.thesun.co.uk%2Fnu-sun-pod-loaders-prod%2F1.66.0%2FcomponentLoader.js%3F114810%26config%3Dhttps%3A%2F%2Fwww.thesun.co.uk%2Fnu-sun-pod-component-config-prod%2FbWMArKDIZ.json”]Son proves he is the ‘nicest footballer in the world’ as Spurs star uses his hands to protect mascot from the rainlast_img read more

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Liberians Make Headways in Sierra Leone

first_imgThey are highly acclaimed and well respected as a result of their immense contribution to the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) locally, but these recognitions are now extending beyond boundaries, as members of First Responders- a medical organization founded and headed by Representative Saah Joseph- are making name for themselves in neighboring Sierra Leone.First Responders and its founder, Rep. Saah Joseph, are making similar high marks strides in Sierra Leone that helped to drastically reduced the virus in Liberia.Speaking at an award ceremony over the weekend, Rep. Joseph noted that since their arrival in that Ebola affected country, which is now consider the hot-zone, their impacts have began to be felt, especially in the country hot-spot (Pokolo District), where they have been assigned.He disclosed that Pokolo has been one of the worst affected areas in that country that huge numbers of people are infected on a daily basis, but since their arrival there the entire story has change-Pokolo now can now be boast of as a success story.Rep. Joseph noted that  the district, which could witness over 50  to 60 cases a day, is now report zero case since the outbreak of the virus in that country as a result of his organization robust interventions.“I just want to tell the Liberian people that my team is doing well in Sierra Leone since we arrived there. The government and the people have given us warm reception which has led to the level of success that we have had so far.“They have also taken their zeal, focus, courage and determination thereby prompting them“Because of our track-record in Liberia upon our arrival in Sierra Leone my team was sent directly in the hot zone (Pokolo), my boys had some hesitations, especially being in a strange land but I told them this is the work we have come to do-to save our brothers and sisters from this deadly killer,”“We were put in charge of one of the worst-hit regions, but with the level of experience that we have had in Liberia we have done a tremendous job in that region to an extend that zero case is now being reported for the first time. I’m talking about an area that used to record 50,60, 70 daily,” the FR boss noted.He noted that because of their good work in the Pokolo region the Sierra Leonean government has now put them in charge of the country’s Airport. “We have now been assigned at theThe Montserrado County lawmaker, had in early January, headed to Sierra Leone  with a team of twenty, along with three ambulances to bolster the that country’s effort against the Ebola epidemic there. The Ebola disease that taking a heavy toll on citizens of that country, a situation that prompted First responders’ intervention.Rep. Joseph, during a visit with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Thursday, said that as a humanitarian, his conscience is deeply urging him to carry the Liberian experience in the combat against the virus to Sierra Leone.President Sirleaf wholeheartedly lauded the lawmaker for his brilliant initiative which she said will go a long way in eradicating the virus from the region. She promised to assist in whatever way she can to make his mission a success.Meanwhile, Rep. Joseph has been named as the Humanitarian of the year for his tremendous efforts during the fight against Ebola.The Liberian lawmaker was honored by the International Learning Institute (ILI) and its subsidiary, Gender International Magazine Publication and Resource Center, at the Champions of the Year Annual Award 2014 ceremony held on Saturday February 14, at a local resort in Monrovia.He was works during the crisis was not intended to win awards, but to serve humanity as a humanitarian, but as the awards come it show how appreciative Liberians are of his works.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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