Smarter Balanced States Approve Achievement Level Recommendations

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Members of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium have voted to approve initial achievement levels for the mathematics and English language arts/literacy (ELA) assessments that will be administered in 17 states and one territory this school year. The vote marks an important milestone in the development of the assessment system. READ THE PRESS RELEASE


Smarter Balanced Hires Deputy Executive Director

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) has appointed Luci Willits as its deputy executive director. Willits joins the state-led consortium December 8. As deputy executive director, Willits will focus on strategy and state services, overseeing communications, policy, and partnerships with higher education. LEARN MORE

Field Test Report Now Available

A report on the Smarter Balanced Field Test is now available. This report presents results from state surveys given to students and adults in 13 Smarter Balanced member states. The Field Test or “test of the test” was administered in the spring of 2014 to more than 4.2 million students across the Consortium, and provided teachers and schools an opportunity to gauge their readiness in advance of the operational assessments in spring 2015. LEARN MORE

New Resources Available on the Support for Under-Represented Students Page

To prepare states across the Consortium for successful implementation of the Smarter Balanced Assessment System, a variety of updates have been made to the Support for Under-Represented Students page. Updated versions of the Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines, Accessibility and Accommodations Factsheet, and Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations FAQs are now available.


College Goal Washington 2015 Financial Aid Events for Seniors

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Seattle Public Schools would like to invite all seniors to attend one of the many College Goal Washington Financial Aid Nights happening in January.

Financial aid experts and trained volunteers will be on hand at each event to walk students through the FAFSA process. The FAFSA is the first step in accessing college financial aid. It is required for most scholarships, grants and loans. College Bound Scholarship seniors must complete their FAFSA by February 1st in order to meet the priority funding date.

College Goal Washington Event dates and locations are:

Thursday, January 8th (6:00-8:30pm) @ Roosevelt HS
Monday, January 12th (5-7:30pm) at Franklin HS
Tuesday, January 13th (2:30-6:30pm) @ Cleveland HS
Thursday, January 15th (6:30-8:30pm) @ Chief Sealth HS
Thursday, January 15th (6-8pm) @ Nathan Hale HS
Tuesday, January 20th (6:30-8:30pm) @ West Seattle HS
Wednesday, January 21st (6-8pm) @ Garfield HS
Thursday, January 22nd (3-7pm) @ Rainier Beach HS

These events are open to all seniors in the district.

For additional details and a list of what to bring, visit http://www.roadmaptocollege.org
Dec. 5, 2014 | Career and College Readiness | Phone: (206) 252-007

9-Yr-Old College Tech Prodigy

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In the premiere episode of PRODIGIES, THNKR introduces you to the incomparable Tanishq Abraham. At 8 years old, Tanishq contemplates the fate of the universe, attends college classes, and discovers super novae. Enter Tanishq’s special world and join him on his quest for knowledge, while meeting the family and teachers who cultivate his genius.

PRODIGIES is a bi-weekly series showcasing the youngest and brightest as they challenge themselves to reach new heights and the stories behind them.

Stopping The Violence: “The Interrupters”

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“The Interrupters” (download this important PDF click here)

Directed by Steve James. Produced by Alex Kotlowitz and Steve James.

Every City Needs Its Heroes.

An epic tale of courage and hope, The Interrupters is a new film from Chicago-based director/producer Steve James (Oscar-nominated for Hoop Dreams) and award-winning author-turned-producer Alex Kotlowitz (There Are No Children Here), whose original article inspired the film.

Filmed out of Chicago’s Kartemquin Films, The Interrupters follows a year in the life of the city as it grapples with the plague of urban violence. At the heart of the story are Ameena Matthews, Cobe Williams and Eddie Bocanegra, each of whom has credibility on the street because of their own personal histories. With gumption, wisdom and wit, they work to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they themselves once employed. These “Violence Interrupters” (their job title) — work for CeaseFire, a local organization whose guiding principle is that the spread of violence mimics the spread of infectious diseases, and so respond with similar treatment: go after the most infected, and stop the infection at its source.

See it this summer and fall: http://www.theinterrupters.com
To order The Interrupters on DVD or Blu-ray go to http://kartemquin.com/store

Directed and Photographed by Steve James
Produced by Alex Kotlowitz and Steve James

To Be Black at Stuyvesant High

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LIKE a city unto itself, Stuyvesant High School, in Lower Manhattan, is broken into neighborhoods, official and otherwise. The math department is on the 4th of its 10 floors; biology is on the 7th. Seniors congregate by the curved mint wall off the second-floor atrium, next to lockers that are such prime real estate that students trade them for $100 or more. Sophomores are relegated to the sixth floor.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com

Detroit Edison science students win national Green Ribbon Award

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Detroit Edison Public School Academy students during 2011 DEPSA Science Night. They explain how wind energy and biofuel can be used to power small appliances. The 2012 DEPSA Science Night is scheduled for June 3. Left to right: Chandler Harris, 8th grade; Evan Morton, Jazzmin Ford and Dhareus Franks, 9th grade. PHOTO

Source: http://michigancitizen.com

The Best: School of Science and Engineering Magnet

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Ranked #1 High School in Texas by Children at Risk organization 2009 – 2010.
Ranked #4 “Best High Schools” in the United States (June 14, 2010) by “Newsweek.com”.
Ranked #8 out of 21,786 public high schools across the Nation and named a US News Gold Medal School for the third consecutive year 2009 – 2010.
SEM continues to be rated “Exemplary” by the Texas Education Agency. It has maintained this rating for over ten consecutive years.
Named an EXEMPLARY school by the College Board in the 6th Annual AP® Report to the Nation (2009-2010)
The School of Science and Engineering had the largest number of Latino students from the class of 2009 who scored a 3 or higher on the AP® Calculus AB Exam.
Recipient of the annual Texas Business and Education Coalition (TBEC) Award 2009 –2010 .
Recognized by the National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA) as part of its 2009 Just for the Kids Campaign for Higher Performing Schools in Texas
Siemens Award for Advanced Placement (2008 Award Recipient)
Number 1 school in USA for the overall number of African American and Hispanic Students passing the AP Calculus Exams
2005 No Child Left Behind National Blue Ribbon Award winner
Robotics Voice Recognition Science Fair Project placed fourth in World.
With only 400 students in the entire school, we are in the top 10 Texas High Schools for passing numbers on the AP Calculus Exam for all schools of ANY size.
We have one of only five working electron microscopes in high schools throughout the USA.
Fast-Track in math, science, English and computer science
We have been adopted by the University of Texas at Dallas Engineering Department and adopted and sponsored by Texas Instruments.
Many of the teaching staff of SEM have had “real world” jobs in research and engineering that give us the ability to answer the questions of where scientific principles are used.
We have two PhD’s and the majority of faculty members have Master’s degrees. Several of our teachers have taught at the college or university level.
We have major industrial adopters that offer college internships for engineering majors, including Texas Instruments.
In 2010, our graduating seniors (86 total) were offered more than 9.7 million dollars in scholarships.