Indian student Shreya creates world record in SAT, TOEFL scores

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Meet Shreya Vardhan, a Class XII student of Delhi Public School, RK Puram, who has created a record by scoring a perfect 2400 in her SAT test and in her TOEFL test for admission to foreign Universities.

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Powerful Schools Presents Powerful People: Jennifer Selby

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Reprinted from the Rainier Valley Post
AUGUST 11, 2012
Powerful Schools Presents Powerful People: Jennifer Selby

By Powerful Schools (RVP sponsor)

RAINIER VALLEY – Jennifer Selby (right) – a Powerful Schools’ Reading Tutor at Hawthorne Elementary – is also a Stanford Graduate School of Business alumna and mother of two.

She became passionate about tutoring young children after she taught her own sons, Justin, 8, and Cameron, 6, how to read.

“It was the most exciting thing I’ve ever done!” she exclaimed.

After volunteering in their classrooms for a couple years, Jennifer wanted to find more opportunities to help local children. She did a lot of research before she happened upon Powerful Schools through Social Venture Partners.

“Being a Powerful Schools’ tutor was a dream volunteer assignment,” said Jennifer. “The program is so well organized and in two and a half hours I can really make a difference and see the progress in the young students I tutor.”



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From: The President of the United States of America

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, to restore the country to its role as the global leader in education, to strengthen the Nation by improving educational outcomes for African Americans of all ages, and to help ensure that all African Americans receive an education that properly prepares them for college, productive careers, and satisfying lives, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Policy. Over the course of America’s history, African American men and women have strengthened our Nation, including by leading reforms, overcoming obstacles, and breaking down barriers. In the less than 60 years since the Brown v. Board of Education decision put America on a path toward equal educational opportunity, America’s educational system has undergone a remarkable transformation, and many African American children who attended the substandard segregated schools of the 1950s have grown up to see their children attend integrated elementary and secondary schools, colleges, and universities.

However, substantial obstacles to equal educational opportunity still remain in America’s educational system. African Americans lack equal access to highly effective teachers and principals, safe schools, and challenging college-preparatory classes, and they disproportionately experience school discipline and referrals to special education. African American student achievement not only lags behind that of their domestic peers by an average of two grade levels, but also behind students in almost every other developed nation. Over a third of African American students do not graduate from high school on time with a regular high school diploma, and only four percent of African American high school graduates interested in college are college-ready across a range of subjects. An even greater number of African American males do not graduate with a regular high school diploma, and African American males also experience disparate rates of incarceration.


Samantha Garvey, Once-Homeless Teen Nominated For Science Award, Moves Into New Home

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(1/25/2012) On New Year’s Day, teenage prodigy Samantha Garvey and her family moved into a homeless shelter on Long Island, wondering what the future might hold after being evicted from their home.

Less than a month later, Garvey had a roof over her head — in the House of Representatives chamber. The 18-year-old high school senior joined a gallery of political luminaries Tuesday night to attend President Obama’s State of the Union address.

Source: http://today.msnbc.msn.com

6 year old wins National Spelling Bee

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UPI/Mike Theiler

ori Anne Madison, 6, of Woodbridge, Virginia, spells out the letters in her word as she competes during the opening round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, May 30, 2012, in National Harbor, Maryland. Madison, the youngest known qualifier in the history of the contest, correctly spelled the word “dirigible*”, a lighter-than-air aircraft, to advance.

Source: http://www.upi.com/

How the world’s best-performing schools come out on top

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Changing what happens in the hearts and minds of millions of children—the main charge of any school system—is no simple task. That some do so successfully while others do not is indisputable…


How the world’s most improved school systems keep getting better

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Based on more than 200 interviews with system stakeholders and analysis of some 600 interventions carried out by these systems, this report identifies the reform elements that are replicable for school systems elsewhere as they move from poor to fair to good to great to excellent performance..

Source: http://mckinseyonsociety.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.

Gold Medal List | US News Best High Schools

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The School of Science and Engineering Magnet in Dallas resembles most high schools these days: Legislature threatens huge budget cuts, teachers face pink slips and 62 percent of the students qualify for subsidized lunch. Amid these challenges, however, students work hard to earn their success, steering their school to the No. 1 spot on Newsweek’s annual list of America’s Best High Schools…

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com

How smart are you: Then solve these tough Mathematical’s

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1 In a 10 by 10 grid of dots, what is the maximum number of lines that can be drawn connecting two dots on the grid so that no two lines are parallel?

2 If r_1, r_2, and r_3 are the solutions to the equation x^3 – 5x^2 + 6x – 1 = 0, then what is the value of r_1^2 + r_2^2 + r_3^2?

3 The expression \circ \ 1\ \circ \ 2 \ \circ 3 \ \circ \dots \circ \ 2012 is written on a blackboard. Catherine places a + sign or a – sign into each blank. She then evaluates the expression, and finds the remainder when it is divided by 2012. How many possible values are there for this remainder?

4 Parallel lines \ell_1 and \ell_2 are drawn in a plane. Points A_1, A_2, \dots, A_n are chosen on \ell_1, and points B_1, B_2, \dots, B_{n+1} are chosen on \ell_2. All segments A_iB_j are drawn, such that 1 \le i \le n and 1 \le j \le n+1. Let the number of total intersections between these segments (not including endpoints) be denoted by Q. Given that no three segments are concurrent, besides at endpoints, prove that Q is divisible by 3.

5 In convex hexagon ABCDEF, \angle A \cong \angle B, \angle C \cong \angle D, and \angle E \cong \angle F. Prove that the perpendicular bisectors of \overline{AB}, \overline{CD}, and \overline{EF} pass through a common point.

6 The positive numbers a, b, c satisfy 4abc(a+b+c) = (a+b)^2(a+c)^2. Prove that a(a+b+c)=bc.

7 For how many positive integers n \le 500 is n! divisible by 2^{n-2}?

8 A convex 2012-gon A_1A_2A_3 \dots A_{2012} has the property that for every integer 1 \le i \le 1006, \overline{A_iA_{i+1006}} partitions the polygon into two congruent regions. Show that for every pair of integers 1 \le j < k \le 1006, quadrilateral A_jA_kA_{j+1006}A_{k+1006} is a parallelogram.

Source: http://www.artofproblemsolving.com