Education officials expect New York students to experience similarly modest growth, if any, predicting that more dramatic improvements wont be seen for three to five years. I was encouraged to see that Kentucky made incremental progress, and I would expect to see, over the next few years, incremental progress in New York, State education commissioner John King said in a phone interview with Capital. As schools and teachers move forward with implementation of the Common Core, I would expect, over time, educators will get more familiar with the standards, and they will get better at adapting their materials to the needs of their students. While the state cites Kentucky (in the course of lowering expectations here), critics of Common Core implementation, in particular the main statewide teachers union, contend that the comparison is flawed. New York State United Teachers president Richard Iannuzzi is calling for a three-year moratorium on using the test results for high-stakes decisions, such as whether to promote a student or discipline a teacher. He said its not accurate to use Kentucky as a comparison, arguing that in New York, teachers didnt have access to curriculum modules or textbooks until just before or even after the exams. The education department argues that the state began providing districts with materials and resources years before the tests. One [state] is improving from a fully implemented Common Core now in their second year, and the other one is growing off 10 percent to 20 percent [implementation] of Common Core, Iannuzzi said, speaking of Kentucky and New York, respectively. Youre not going to have something reliable across the board. The second year of exams in Kentucky brought mixed results. Forty-four percent of elementary students were proficient in math in 2013, improving from 40 percent in 2012. Thats compared to 73 percent proficiency in 2011, before the state began giving the Common Core-based assessments. High school students, though, saw a decline on math scores in the second year of the new exams. Thirty-six percent passed math in 2013, compared to 40 percent in 2012. On previous exams, 46 percent of students were proficient.
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government took the unprecedented step of closing 19 embassies abroad because of a terrorist threat, a move that set off a media frenzy and raised questions about the specificity of the plot. The Times reported on Aug. 2 that the U.S. had intercepted communications between senior al Qaeda operatives, a story which added to the public’s understanding of the threat. But the Times, like CNN, withheld the names of the al Qaeda leaders at the U.S. government’s request. However, McClatchy revealed the names on Aug. 4, and James Asher, the newspaper chains Washington bureau chief, defended the move. It is not unusual for CNN or the NYT to agree not to publish something because the White House asked them, Asher told HuffPost. And frankly, our democracy isn’t well served when journalists agree to censor their work. Given McClatchys decision to publish the names, some journalists who cover national security saw the Times Monday story as a swipe at a competitor and an attempt to rationalize the papers decision to withhold details because the government had raised national security concerns at the time. The journalists questioning the article — who were not permitted to speak on behalf of their employers — suggested to HuffPost that the Times didnt put McClatchys reporting in context, considering it came days after the embassies were shut down and amid several leaks from U.S. officials talking up a possible terrorist attack.
New England Revolution Leave a comment AP The New York Red Bulls can be the first MLS club to clinch a playoff spot as they return home from Portland with a point. For the Revolution, they need to find ways to pick up points, and it wont be easy. New York hasnt lost at home since June 1st to Vancouver, and with New Englands playoff hopes clinging on by a thread, the Revolution must act now. Theyre making strides with four points in their last two matches, but they remain in a race against the clock. With only third-place Montreal and a double with a surging Columbus remaining in the season, the chances to pick up points are slimming. Revs forward Saer Sene has turned on the afterburners for the stretch run. Having netted just three times in his first 18 appearances this season, the last four matches for Sene have seen him grab two goals and three assists. Sene scored last weekend against Houston, but the Dynamo soon equalized. The Revolution need to figure out their back four, as they havent kept a clean sheet since August 18. For the Red Bulls, life provides a little more room to breathe. They need just a single point to clinch a playoff spot, and could the prospects of that happening Saturday are good New England havent won a match at Red Bull Arena in six years. The season has been a massive success (so far) for New York, and the club are feeling massively confident. Tim Cahill stated The only way we lose games is when we give them away. Hard to argue with that. Thierry Henry and Bradley Wright-Phillips are again both unavailable, so most likely Fabian Espindola and Peguy Luyindula will play up front as they did last week. New York can survive on that in the short-term, but logic would say they will need Wright-Phillips back for the playoffs to really make noise. Coach Mike Petke didnt sound too confident though: His prognosis is more of wait until the hamstring feels better and then we get him out doing the light training and stuff, so that could be the next week, it could be the week after. Will the Revolution pull a rabbit out of the hat and rebuild their playoffs hope? Or will the Red Bulls be the kings at home again and lock up the postseason?