Friday, August 30, 2013

California API scores fall, but Silicon Valley schools dominate state top tier

California API scores fall, but Silicon Valley schools dominate state top tier
By Sharon Noguchi snoguchi@mercurynews.com

Taking their first dip after years of steady gains, Academic Performance Index scores in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties fell by a point this year, reflecting a statewide decline in scores released Thursday. (read more)

Also read: Data Center: 2013 Growth API ratings for all California schools (interactive gadget--example below)

County: Santa Clara District: Fremont Union High School
....................2013 / 2012 / Change

MontaVista High...956 / 957 / -1
Lynbrook High.....942 / 946 / -4
Cupertino High....906 / 900 / +6
Homestead High...873 / 874 / -1
Fremont High......767 / 766 / +1

Monday, August 19, 2013

The Dog-Eat-Dog World of Model U.N.

The Dog-Eat-Dog World of Model U.N.
By ANJLI PARRIN, NYTimes.com

Ditch the détente. For elite clubs, this is a full-fledged sport, complete with rankings and rowdiness. Not everyone is happy about that.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Sneak Preview--What the New SAT and Digital ACT Might Look Like

Sneak Preview: What the New SAT and Digital ACT Might Look Like
by Tamar Levin, NYTimes

"Big changes are coming to the nation’s two competing admissions tests. Mr. Coleman, who became president last October, is intent on rethinking the SAT to make it an instrument that meshes with what students are learning in their classrooms. Meanwhile, the ACT, which has always been more curriculum-based, is the first of the two to move into the digital age. In adapting its test for the computer, ACT Inc. is tiptoeing past the fill-in-the-bubble Scantron sheets toward more creative, hands-on questions." (read more)

Thursday, August 15, 2013

A Win for Students: Signing the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013



wh.gov: A Win for Students: Signing the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013

Students and College Affordability Advocates who joined the President in the Oval Office for the signing of the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013, speak about it's significance and the importance of keeping college affordable now and in the future.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Chicago’s Intern ‘Boot Camp’ Is a Rehearsal for Life or Death Medical Issues

Chicago’s Intern ‘Boot Camp’ Is a Rehearsal for Life or Death Medical Issues
By DIRK JOHNSON, NYTimes

On the first day of “boot camp,” Dr. Diane B. Wayne asked the Northwestern Memorial Hospital class of new interns for a show of hands if any were nervous....The boot camp, conducted under the watch of Dr. Wayne, the vice chairwoman of medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, provides the interns with a three-day session in June to prepare them for bedside assignments.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Let’s Shake Up the Social Sciences

Let’s Shake Up the Social Sciences
By NICHOLAS A. CHRISTAKIS, NYTimes

It is time to create new social science departments that reflect the breadth and complexity of the problems we face as well as the novelty of 21st-century science.