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Miami-Dade Public School Superintendent Alberto Carvalho has joined the national call for less public school testing.His call stems from a study that revealed the adverse effects of over testing.The findings of the study – announced at a press conference held by the Council of the Great City Schools in Washington, D.C. showed that in the 2014-15 school year, over 400 unique tests were administered in the 66 Great City School systems, including South Florida districts.The conference, was also attended by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Deputy Secretary John King, and other superintendents and school board members fromthe nation’s urban public school system.According to the study, students spent 20 to 25 hours each school year taking standardized tests, and were required to take an average of 112.3 tests between pre-K and grade 12.Several tests were not specifically related to college-or career-ready standards, and often did notassess student mastery of any specific subject.“It’s not the quantity tests that is important, but the quality,” said Carvalho, who has been campaigning with Broward and Palm Beach County superintendents to reduce standardized tests, particularly under the stress of the new Florida Standard Assessment computerized test, which experienced major technical problems earlier this year.Teachers and parents told National Weekly that they are certainly feeling the strain on their children. Miami-Dade teacher Pearline Yearwood said the frequency of tests are “creating unfortunate fear in some students, resulting in some having serious nervous reactions. No child should see their academic pursuit as an ordeal.”Math teacher Lucinda Blades suggests that “the system should be restructured so students take an assessment test at the end of each semester leading to an annual assessment of students, schools, and teacher’s assessment based on the average of the three tests.”Plantation parent, Robert Blessing, calls the current assessment tests “useless.” He said his daughter, a Broward High student, scored high in math and reading, “but her reasoning skills are poor, and she needs improvement in her writing skills. So what do all these tests prove? More time should be spent on student’s comprehensive education, rather than conducting so many tests.”
Matt Loede Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. Matt Williamson Last Week 10-4Season 99-61Lions over PackersDolphins over RavensBears over 49ersJags over TitansSeahawks over VikingsGiants over JetsCardinals over RamsBucs over FalconsBroncos over ChargersChiefs over RaidersPanthers over SaintsPatriots over EaglesSteelers over ColtsRedskins over CowboysBengals over Browns – Browns defense can’t stop anyone, the race to worst between Cleveland and Tennessee continues.Ryan KaczmarskiLast Week 9-7Season 102-74Matt LoedeLast Week 12-4Season 104-72Packers over LionsDolphins over RavensBears over 49ersJags over TitansVikings over SeahawksGiants over JetsCardinals over RamsFalcons over BucsBroncos over ChargersChiefs over RaidersPanthers over SaintsPatriots over EaglesSteelers over ColtsRedskins over CowboysBengals 27 over Browns 17 – I actually think Austin Davis will play well, but per usual the defense will give up way too many yards on the ground and just enough to Andy Dalton and the Bengals passing game and the Browns will be staring at 2-10 when they wake up on Monday. Scott PikerLast week 11-5Season 109-67Green Bay @ Detroit – Green BayNew York Jets @ New York Giants – New York JetsArizona @ St. Louis – ArizonaAtlanta @ Tampa Bay – AtlantaSeattle @ Minnesota – SeattleHouston @ Buffalo – HoustonBaltimore @ Miami – BaltimoreJacksonville @ Tennessee – JacksonvilleSan Francisco @ Chicago – ChicagoDenver @ San Diego – DenverKansas City @ Oakland – Kansas CityCarolina @ New Orleans – CarolinaPhiladelphia @ New England – New EnglandIndianapolis @ Pittsburgh – PittsburghDallas @ Washington – WashingtonCincinnati @ Cleveland – Cincinnati 31 Browns 10Eddy JensenLast Week 10-6Season 81-75Steve DimatteoLast Week 0-0Season 79-53Adrienne GoehlerLast Week 0-0Season 96-64GB over DETNYJ over NYGARI over STLTB over ATLMIN over SEABUF over HOUMIA over BALJAX over TENCHI over SFDEN over SDOAK over KCCAR over NONE over PHIPIT over INDWSH over DALCIN over CLE 30-17 – I don’t know how well the Browns are going to do after Monday’s devastating loss, the short week, and now with a new quarterback once more in the mix.Spencer DaviesLast Week 2-1Season 84-66Vince MillerLast Week 12-4Season 107-69GB over DETARI over STLNYJ over NYGTB over ATLMIN over SEACHI over SFJAX over TENHOU over BUFMIA over BALOAK over KCDEN over SDNE over PHICAR over NOPIT over INDWAS over DALCleveland Browns 13 — Cincinnati Bengals 31 – Maybe Austin Davis is the truth. Probably not though. The Bengals are way too battle tested to drop a game to the last place team which just happens to be the Browns. Unless Cleveland magically resurrects the running game and pulls another rabbit out of the hat to stop the run, they still need receivers to catch the ball and a secondary that can cover someone, anyone. Browns hit double digit losses and Manziel starts Week 14. Mike PerryLast Week 12-4Season 95-49Packers over LionsBills over TexansBears over 49ersTitans over JaguarsCardinals over RamsDolphins over RavensVikings over SeahwaksJets over GiantsBuccaneers over FalconsChiefs over RaidersBroncos over ChargersPatriots over EaglesPanthers over SaintsSteelers over ColtsBengals 47, Browns 9 – Does anyone really care anymore? Mike Pettine thinks he is coaching a high school team, the quarterback that was supposed to turn the franchise around is ripping it apart at the seams, the team lost on Monday night because a defensive lineman couldn’t block a journeyman player that was there because he is tall…this season makes me long for 1999. This has to be the worst Browns season of my life. Pettine is gone after this year, which is a step in the right direction. Manziel will be gone as well, which will be a blessing for both him and the Browns. The biggest problem with this team is that you can’t take it out behind the barn and put it out of its misery. Brandon UrasekLast Week 12-4Season 93-51GB over DETNYJ over NYGARI over STLATL over TBSEA over MINBUF over HOUCHI over SFTEN over JACMIA over BALDEN over SDKC over OAKNE over PHICAR over NOPIT over INDWAS over DALCIN 30 CLE 17 – The first time was 31-10. I don’t expect this one to be too much different but a little closer. The Browns defense couldn’t even stop Baltimore allowing 336 yards with them missing their top QB, RB, best two WRs and some lineman. Expect the Bengals to score at ease but the Browns might be able to score some with Manziel or Davis both looking decent the last time they saw the field. The Browns may get their chance to claim the first pick outright this week.Dan GillesLast Week 9-6Season 89-70Packers over LionsCardinals over RamsBuccaneers over FalconsDolphins over RavensTexans over BillsTitans over JaguarsGiants over JetsSeahawks over VikingsBears over 49ersBroncos over ChargersChiefs over RaidersPanthers over SaintsPatriots over EaglesColts over SteelersRedskins over CowboysBengals 38 Browns 20 – It really doesn’t matter who starts at quarterback, although I think Austin Davis could put up some points without a lot of film on him. Johnny Manziel has gotten throttled by the Bengals twice in his career, and it will happen a third time if they promote him. The Browns defense will get torched again.Matt MedleyLast Week 12-4Season 87-57Packers over LionsJets over GiantsCardinals over RamsFalcons over BucsVikings over SeahawksBears over 49ersTitans over JaguarsBills over TexansDolphins over RavensRaiders over ChiefsBroncos over ChargersPatriots over EaglesSaints over PanthersSteelers over ColtsRedskins over CowboysBengals over Browns 35-7 – I don’t even know why I’m watching this game Sunday. But I am. Related TopicsNFLNFL PicksNFL Week 13
FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享California-based Astra scrubbed the Sunday, August 2, launch of its Rocket 3.1 booster from the Pacific Spaceport Complex on Kodiak Island. The cancellation was for safety reasons, after a ship wandered into downrange waters. The rocket would have been their first to be sent into Earth orbit. Astra communicated the delay via Twitter, under ten minutes prior to the expected launch: “Boat could not be cleared in time for us to launch within the window (ends at 9pm PT), and we have to unfortunately scrub for today.” The rocket recently cleared a static hotfire test, which is essentially a dress rehearsal where engines are fired at full thrust. On Monday, August 3, the company also used Twitter to announce that there would be no launch until later in the week: “Update: We won’t be making a launch attempt today due to weather (triggered lightning). Our launch window is through August 7th and weather is expected to improve through the week.” Astra aims to provide inexpensive rides to space for small satellites with the 38-foot-tall Rocket 3.1 and its successors. The upcoming flight will not be carrying any payloads, as it is merely a demonstration mission. They explain in their online mission description what the goals are: “For this flight, our first orbital attempt, our primary objective is to achieve a nominal first stage burn. If we make it this far, we’ll be happy with our progress and be well on our way to reaching orbit within 3 flights. The more we accomplish, the more we learn, and the closer we are to reaching orbit.”
Thirty two year-old Yorston has made 88 competitive appearances for Bristol City Women since the WSL began in 2011 and has played at the highest level for both her club and country including being part of the FA Cup runner up squad in 2011 and 2013 with the then named Bristol Academy along with earning six senior caps for England. Other highlights of her career include making her international senior debut for England Women’s Seniors v Germany; playing in the U-17s FIFA World Cup Quarter Finals v Canada, in Canada, in front of 30,000 Canadians; and captaining the Bristol Academy WFC team to the FA Cup Final and narrowly missing out on the FA WSL league trophy by three points.“Despite her bad injury last season, Corinne’s return to the club was successful,” said head coach Willie Kirk. “She continued to do a fantastic job as club captain off the pitch and deserved promotion success as much as anyone. “She was a big help to me throughout the year and continued to lead by example in the changing room and in the gym. “She is now in the latter stages of her rehab and it will be a big boost for everyone if we can get her back on the pitch towards the end of the Spring Series.”Now in WSL1, Bristol City Women will open their campaign against Reading at Ashton Gate on Saturday, April 22nd (KO 6pm) before taking on Arsenal, Chelsea and current league champions Man City at the Stoke Gifford Stadium.The Vixens will also come up against former teammates when they face Liverpool at home, with Sophie Ingle, Tash Harding and Caroline Weir now playing for the opposition.Tickets will be available for all games online via Tickets.Bristol-Sport.co.uk shortly with season cards also on sale in the next few weeks.Follow @BristolCityWFC on twitter to keep up-to-date on all the Bristol City Women action and news.
Flyers Under-14s Boys I The Under-14s Premier team took a 74-40 victory against London Thunder at WISE last weekend. Flyers were particularly successful at forcing turnovers and generating fast break scoring.”It was a great first performance and I was really pleased to be able to field my full rotation,” said head coach Christian Hill.”There is still much that we can improve on as a team as the season goes on.” They follow-up with a trip to the John Madejski Academy Sports Centre to face Reading Rockets for their next league game (11.30am). Flyers Under-14s Boys II The Under-14s regional team begin their season by hosting a Central Venue League with Cougars and Jets on Sunday. Coaches Rodney Gear and Ben Williams are hard at work preparing the team for the tournament. Flyers Junior Girls There are no fixtures for the other junior girls teams this weekend but check back for updates about central venue league competition.Community sessions for junior boys and girls are also available across Bristol – check out the community section of the website for more information. The Under-16s team made their Central Premier division debut with an 84-77 loss against Milton Keynes Trojans away from home. They had a three point lead heading into half-time, but fell behind in the fourth quarter.Coach Jones told bristolflyers.co.uk: “Today was a really positive performance in what was a competitive game from start to finish. We need to be more consistent on the defensive end but I am very encouraged by what I saw today and this group’s potential.”They are back at home this weekend, hosting Northamptonshire Titans on Saturday for a 1.30pm tip at WISE. Titans also lost their season opener last weekend in a closely contested game. Both Flyers and Titans will be looking to bounce back in this fixture/They also face Richmond Knights away on Sunday in the U16 Cup. This is their first game of the knockout competition and tip off is at 3pm. Flyers Under-16s Girls Saturday will mark the very first game for the new Under-16s girls team. This expansion to the women’s basketball arm of the organisation will be the first time the Flyers will be represented at junior level by a female team. They face fellow new team Exeter for an 11:30am tip at SGS WISE.The team will playing in the South West Under-16s league, and are anticipating tough opposition throughout their first season. Following their league debut, the team host Cardiff Met Archers in the U16 Cup on Sunday (11.30am). Bristol Flyers Women Flyers Women returned from Archers Arena with a loss in their pre-season friendly last weekend. Head Coach Gareth Till said the fixture against the WBBL Cardiff Archers was a useful way to get the whole team some game time and to highlight the areas where they need to focus ahead of the season in Division one. The team will open their league campaign away against Barking Abbey on Saturday (4pm). Flyers Under-18s Premier The team claimed a road win at the Wildcat Arena to open their league campaign last weekend. They beat Nottingham McDonald’s Hoods in the Central premier division 70 -86. A 24 point opening quarter saw Flyers build a lead that they did not relinquish through the rest of the game.The second quarter saw Hoods start to come to terms with the pace that Flyers had set and went on a mini 8-0 run. After a quick time out, Flyers regained their composure and held the lead for the rest of the game. Flyers dominated the boards on both ends, leaving Hoods no way back into the game.This weekend sees the Under-18s Premier team out on the road again. They face Folkestone Saints on Sunday (2.20pm). Flyers Under-18s Conference The Under-18s conference team are almost at the end of their long lead in to the season, but have one more week to wait before they play their first game. They are away against Gloucester Saxons on Saturday, October 6th. Flyers Under-16s Boys Bristol Flyers II Flyers II are next in action against Oxford Brookes in their Division three south debut on Saturday at WISE (3.30pm). They follow-up with an away game against Division 2 team Myerscough College on Sunday in the National Cup (2pm).
Volleyball BY PRISCILLA HARRY Jamas maintain the lead in the NCD Volleyball Association men’s premier competition when they edged Eda Tech Scorpions 3 sets to 2 in the tie-breaker at the Taurama Aquatic and Indoor Centre on Saturday. Jamas came in full force with a more experienced side in the likes of George David, Charlie Maino, Charlie Iru, Poka Ai, Bruce Kila and setter Martine Ray to win the first and third sets; 21-18 and 25-20 while stingers tried to work out an effective team combination to win the second set at a close 25-21. The young Scorpions started and struggled with lower division players in; outside and competitive hitters Jnr Koi, Andy Sinari, Simon Kasi, Damien Aisi and Tony Gima; finally got it together in the fourth with a 25-20 set with good passing, Aisi was able to connect and distribute his passes with his hitters. Jamas skillful hitter Ray couldn’t let his team go into a tie and handled his passes well enough to get more service into the Scorpions side. The Scorpions won the third and fourth sets and forced the game into a tie-breaker. The competition leaders (Jamas) were leading 6-4 when the two teams changed side’s midway through the decider, then committed a couple of unforced errors and which allowed the Stingers back into the match. However, Jamas had it all planned out to get their opponents through to a standstill only to defy the young stingers to a great challenge at 25-21 to win the match. In the other men’s fixtures; MJ Electrical U-Mi Yet defeated Vailima 3-0 and a more determined PTPSL Telikom beat Ela Motors 3-2. In the other women’s fixtures, MJ Electrical defeated Vailima 3-0, Jamas ousted EdaTech Scorpions 3-1 while PTPSL Telikom nailed Ela Motors 3-0.
Rugby League Maintaining Covid-19 protocols under the new normal of hosting sporting competitions is of paramount importance. As specified under Port Moresby Rugby Football League standard operating procedure to start season 2020 and Covid-19 protocol document, usage of sanitizers and temperature checks to confirm players attending games was adhered to in the opening two rounds of the competition. Port Moresby Rugby Football League administrator Meke Maino said one of the important requirements for players in their respective teams was to confirm their names with their team management if their names are in the team sheet before game-day and before arriving at the Oil Search National Football Stadium. “That is one of the very important requirements. Which names of players listed in the team sheet at training and also submitted to us prior to entering are the only names allowed to enter the match venue,” Maino said. “For instance yesterday (Sunday September 6), a player forgot his playing boots so had to run back home. On returning his body temperature went up to 38 so he (player) was denied entry but the coach wanted him to play. That player was denied entry and asked to cool down,” he said. Maino strongly advised the respective team management and coaches to announce their teams at the last day of training. “They (respective teams) should confirm their teams so that all players vying to play or not will be able to know their names are listed in the line-up. It is better for players to find out at training rather than wasting time coming straight to the match venue,” said Maino. All teams particularly players and officials including Port Moresby Rugby Football League officials and referees are advised to adhere to all protocols given the venue (Oil Search National Football Stadium) is under full camera surveillance.