Heading into Labor Day weekend, the Minnesota Department of Education launched a new method for assessing school success: the North Star system. It’s a personalized version of the new federally mandated school accountability system, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). And it differs in important ways from the state’s old system. Standardized test scores still matter a great deal, as they did in Minnesota’s old plan under the Bush-era No Child Left Behind Act, the Multiple Measurements Rating system. Likewise, the top-performing and lowest-performing schools still receive a rating. But as states built their ESSA plans, they were required to create an even more comprehensive assessment of what’s happening in their schools. The North Star system takes five key measurements into consideration: academic achievement, academic growth, progress toward English language proficiency for students learning English, four- and seven-year graduation rates, and student … [Read more...] about Minnesota’s new school accountability system: How is it different — and how is it being received?
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Kyle Swenson and Antonia Noori Farzan, The Washington Post Published 6:42 am PDT, Monday, August 27, 2018 With the final seconds draining away on the game clock, "Bread" pulls off a big finish. It's a chilly February night in 2017 in Buffalo. The flat screens plastered across the walls of the 716 Food and Sport are all tuned to a live-stream of the game, including a massive 38-foot television in the bar's main room. More than six hours of video game competition has built to this moment. Carlos "Los" Yancy and David "Bread" Katz are knotted in a tie, 20-20, in "Madden NFL 17," the blockbuster football video game. Yancy, the expected favorite at this tournament, is fending off a final drive by Katz, a Maryland native just beginning to build a reputation among competitive gamers. The winner not only pockets $3,500 but advances to a later contest in Los Angeles. With the pressure mounting, Katz's thin face is clenched in a serious look, his gray-green eyes pinned to the … [Read more...] about Jacksonville shooting suspect: A serious player in the high-pressure, big-money world of competitive gaming
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Her family history showed no signs of breast cancer, but despite this, a 27-year-old woman living in Hưng Yen Northern Province still examined herself at home. And she was right to carry out her own check up. She felt something wrong and opted for a medical opinion. A tumour was discovered, but thankfully wasn’t harmful and could be treated easily. Asking not to be identified, we are calling her ‘H’. "Through the methods shared in books and the internet, at home, I check myself and see abnormal breast signs,” said H. “Then I go to the provincial hospital and they told me the ultrasound results revealed cystic fibrosis.” “I wanted a second opinion so I went to Hà Nội-based K Hospital for a re-examination. The doctor says I had benign cystic fibrosis. The early examination makes me feel much more secure. Every year, women should go to the clinic twice a year, because if … [Read more...] about Young people with cancer increasing, experts point out early testing is the optimal method
Dr. Trần Du Lịch speaks at the 4th Vietnam Textile Summit 2018 held in Hà Nội on Wednesday. — Photo vov.vn HÀ NỘI — The textile and apparel industry was defined as a field with one of the highest growth rates over the next 12 years. It’s expected the business will grow by 14 per cent over the next two years and a further 10 per cent up to 2030. Speaking at the 4th Vietnam Textile Summit 2018 held in Hà Nội on Wednesday, Dr. Trần Du Lịch said he believed the future would be bright. “Garment and textile is a key economic sector in terms of employment creation and contribution to exports. It creates 20 per cent of jobs in Vietnamese industry,” said Lịch. This sector has the second highest export turnover and occupies the fifth position in the world. Last year saw goods worth more than US$31 billion, exported, representing 10.23 per cent year-on-year increase. The rapid growth rate was … [Read more...] about Textile industry expects high growth rate
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Brian MacQuarrie Globe Staff June 02, 2018 Desperate children living in ramshackle huts. Malnourished mothers cradling gaunt infants in reed-thin arms. Distressing scenes of hopeless poverty in Haiti, across the Caribbean, and in Latin America.Such heartbreaking images have helped spur a windfall of money for Food for the Poor, one of the nation’s largest charities, which reported disbursing nearly $1 billion in aid in 2017. All of it delivered to “the poorest of the poor” with extraordinarily little overhead, the international relief group says in its appeals.“Over the last 10 years, fund-raising and other administrative costs averaged less than 5 percent of our expenses,” Food for the Poor wrote on its website in January. “More than 95 percent of all donations went directly to programs that help the poor.” Advertisement … [Read more...] about Leading hunger relief charity challenged on its claim of low costs