OCPS surveys returned with recommendations, conclusions

first_img Please enter your name here Over 500 responses receivedOrange County Public Schools published a survey seeking feedback regarding testing, teacher evaluations and how to improve schools.The survey was in response to “Every Student Succeeds Act, signed into law December 10, 2015 by President Barack Obama. The law, which gives states more flexibility in making decisions on testing, teacher evaluations and improving low-performing schools, requires that the state seek out parent and community feedback.The district submitted this information to the state in a letter from Superintendent Barbara Jenkins to Florida Department of Education Commissioner Pam Stewart .In Jenkins’ letter to Stewart, she said respondents made assessments, recommendations and came to conclusions. She writes:“We surveyed parents, students, teachers, administrators and community members. We received over 500 responses and asked that they also provide direct feedback to the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) and the United States Department of Education (USDOE). We feel certain that responses would increase if more time were provided. This limited feedback directs our comments. We have found that there is strong consensus in our community on some items, while they feel that more information is needed before commenting on others. We surveyed parents,students, teachers, administrators and community members. We received over 500 responses and asked that they also provide direct feedback to the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) and the United States Department of Education (USDOE). We feel certain that responses would increase if more time were provided. This limited feedback directs our comments. We have found that there is strong consensus in our community on some items, while they feel that more information is needed before commenting on others. We make the following recommendations in alignment with the feedback provided to the school district.Recommendations:-We support the identification and use of alternative methods of assessing students that include the use of smaller, interim assessments rather than a single, end-of-year assessment.-We support the current measures of the percent of students meeting state standards (scoring Level 3 or above) on statewide assessments as the appropriate indicator to use in achievement measures for both school accountability and statewide achievement goals.– We support the inclusion of an ‘additional indicator of school quality or student success’ that has the support of Florida’s parents, community members and other stakeholders.– We oppose excessively punitive measures of penalizing schools for testing less than 95% of students. For example, we oppose any recommendation to provide schools with an automatic rating in the lowest category or categories based on not meeting percent tested requirements.Supporting School Improvement – We support school identification for improvement based on a larger understanding of school performance rather than a school grade.”To read the entire letter from Jenkins to Stewart, go here. Please enter your comment! UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 TAGSEvery Student Succeeds ActOrange County Public SchoolsSurvey Previous articleKelly Park Road DetourNext articleApopka Burglary Report and Map Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Delays in Ombudsman’s investigation into Patsy Kelly murder

first_img Facebook Delays in Ombudsman’s investigation into Patsy Kelly murder By News Highland – July 24, 2018 Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 AudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty WhatsApp Google+ Google+ Previous articleDonegal man (19) who raped ‘good samaritan’ is jailedNext articleOpposition to one way system plans for Rathmullan News Highland center_img Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 44 years after the murder of an Independent Nationalist councillor in Tyrone, there are calls for more resources to investigate claims the original police investigation was flawed.Patsy Kelly, an independent councillor from Trillick, was killed on July 24th 1974, with the last people known to have seen him a group of UDR soldiers at a checkpoint.West Tyrone MP Orfhlaith Begley says the Police Ombudsman indicated last August that he expected an investigation to finish this year, but that’s now been pushed back another 12 to 18 months because they don’t have the resources.Ms Begley says that’s an issue that must be addressed:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/orfhlaghghghgithpk1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Harps come back to win in Waterford FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

Rumson PD Chief Paterson Takes Plunge for Special Olympics

first_imgBy Chris Rotolo |RUMSON – It’s the smiles that have remained vivid in his mind.According to Rumson Police Chief Scott Paterson, the outpouring of pride and joy he’s seen displayed by Special Olympics athletes and their families are what have inspired him to take an active role in fundraising for the organization, an effort he’ll continue on Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Special Olympics New Jersey Polar Plunge in Seaside.“Having the opportunity to meet with some of the families and interact with the Olympians over the years, you begin to understand what it means to them to be able to compete, and just how important the Special Olympics really are,” Patterson said of the organization, which is the world’s largest sports institution for children and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities.“Seeing the smiles on their faces and how much these kids get out of the experience, not to mention how far the money raised really goes, it’s incredibly rewarding to be able to use your platform to do good for others,” he said.Paterson will almost certainly have those ear-to-ear smiles on his mind come the end of February, as his own grin is sure to fade once he takes a dip into New Jersey’s frigid coastal waters. But it’s a price he’s willing to pay for a cause near and dear to his heart.“The Polar Plunge is something that has helped us create some momentum, in terms of generating awareness and fundraising for an incredible organization and the athletes and families they serve,” Paterson said of Seaside Polar Bear Plunge, which will enter its 25th year at the 2018 event.In 2016 Patterson set a fundraising goal of $10,000, but two years later that momentum has allowed the chief to collect nearly $21,000 in donations through an online fundraising campaign with more than a month to go before he takes the plunge.“I can’t say enough about the generosity of the people of Rumson. They’ve been unbelievable,” Paterson said. “I could not have raised this much money so far if not for their generosity. It speaks volumes about the type of people we have living in our community.”OTHER LOCAL GROUPS TAKE ACTIONPaterson currently stands as the top individual fundraiser for the Special Olympics New Jersey Polar Plunge in Seaside, while the leading fundraising group is another local entity in the Little Silver Crocs.A group of softball friends who played under the name Little Silver Crocs banded together 15 years ago to support Special Olympics New Jersey by way of the Polar Plunge in Seaside, and since that inaugural plunge the outfit has grown to more than 50 members.Currently the Little Silver Crocs have raised nearly $44,000 this year, and are closing in on the $1 million mark in total funds raised since the group’s initial plunge.The Bayshore Shrinky Dinks are another local organization doing their part for Special Olympics New Jersey, as the team has moved into fourth place in total funds raised.This collection of firemen, police officers and friends from the Bayshore area have raised more than $12,000 in support of the cause.To help support any of the Special Olympics with an online donation, look for their names at the fundraising website.last_img read more

AVB fights to keep job – report

first_imgThe Daily Mail suggest Andre Villas-Boas is battling to keep his job as Chelsea manager.Club owner Roman Abramovich was at the Blues’ training ground on Saturday and Villas-Boas is understood to be ‘shaken’ by the visit, the paper says.Villas-Boas: ‘Shaken’It is claimed Abramovich spent half an hour with Villas-Boas demanding to know his tactics for the following day’s game against Manchester United, and spent the same amount of time in the dressing room speaking to the players after Sunday’s 3-3 draw.Meanwhile, England boss Fabio Capello’s public statement that he disagreed with the FA’s decision to strip John Terry of the captaincy dominates the news.The Daily Telegraph say Capello has put his future on the line with his show of support for the Chelsea defender.Mark Hughes may speak to Joey Barton about the player’s recent Twitter posts regarding Terry’s court case. (Related story: QPR boss may speak to Barton over tweets)And the Daily Mirror say Hughes could ban Barton from using Twitter altogether.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

49ers Jimmy Garoppolo heading to famed QB coach

first_img[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/06/12/bang_5a95d343-6e13-482b-aab8-f1cdb5fcb4d2″]VIDEO: Garoppolo says he will work with famed throwing coach Tom HouseSANTA CLARA — Jimmy Garoppolo told reporters to have a good summer — or “H.A.G.S.” in school-yearbook parlance — after the 49ers went through their final offseason practice Wednesday.And now we know what Garoppolo will do with his summer: work in Southern California with famed throwing coach Tom House. Pleased with how his comeback …last_img read more

SA Google Earth layer is tops

first_imgGoogle Earth overview of the South Africa layer. (Image: South African Tourism)Janine ErasmusSouth African online marketing company Quirk eMarketing has won an international award for innovation in digital marketing. Quirk was acknowledged for its role in creating the Google Earth South Africa layer as part of South African Tourism’s online marketing strategy. The company has also recently worked with NGO Breadline Africa on the Worldwide Blogger Bake-Off to encourage internet users to fight hunger in Africa.The inaugural E-consultancy Innovation Awards were held early in December 2008. E-consultancy is a leading light in the fields of digital marketing and e-commerce, and is also the UK’s major online publisher of internet marketing research and how to guides, as well as best practice reports.The company instituted the awards in 2008 to recognise clients, suppliers and agencies for their innovation and success. The competition, which featured 14 categories, attracted some 230 entries from all around the world.The judging panel included a stellar group of marketing experts, including Obi Felten, Google’s head of consumer marketing, Apple’s online store manager John Veichmanis, David Bainbridge of the BBC, and Spencer McHugh, head of digital and direct at telecoms giant Orange UK.The South African Google Earth layer easily caught the judges’ attention and earned Quirk top marks in the category of Innovation in Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)/Natural Search. In the final round Quirk was pitted against digital marketing agency and SEO specialist Guava, and Linkdex.com, which is currently building an index of the internet based on the varying degree of influence of a web page.International acknowledgementWhile the E-consultancy award does not have a monetary component, Quirk staff is ecstatic with their achievement.“It’s fantastic to see the international community acknowledging the work coming out of South Africa,” said Quirk CEO Rob Stokes. “As one of the largest European awards in innovation, with judges from prestigious companies like Apple, the BBC and Whatif!, we are tremendously proud of our achievements and look forward to showing the world what South Africa is capable of.”Stokes added that the concept had all the elements the judges were looking for. As well as being interesting and ground-breaking it encouraged a high level of user interactivity. According to E-consultancy, Quirk’s work with the South African Tourism website elevated it above the other entries in its category.E-consultancy praised Quirk’s collaboration with Google Earth, saying that it was an extremely innovative way of engaging with visitors to the South African Tourism site. It also improved natural search visibility by driving the creation of more external links to the site.The South African layer was designed to promote the country as a top tourist destination and to help potential visitors plan their trips. It features more than 120 points of interest ranging from scenic drives, safari destinations and cultural attractions to 2010 Fifa World Cup venues. Maps, terrain and 3D satellite imagery provide visual enticement while the itinerary planner makes it easy for holidaymakers to put together a trip to remember, without having to move away from their computer.The project took about three months from initial development to implementation and, said Marketing Manager Tim Shier in his blog, meant that the Quirk team had to quickly learn an entirely new markup language (Keyhole Markup Language or KML, created especially for use in Google Earth). But the team’s fresh approach to the use of Google Earth elements, and a dedicated supporting website, has proven to be a roadmap for success.Amongst the hundreds of user-created layers, the South African layer was only the third, after those of New Zealand and Egypt, to receive official Google sanction and to be integrated into the core of the application.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected] articlesGoogle Earth zooms in on SABloggers to fight hunger in AfricaMedia in South AfricaGoogle with South African flairUseful linksQuirk eMarketingGoogle Earth SA layerSouth African TourismPure New ZealandEgypt Tourismlast_img read more

Hyper Court: Basketball at your fingertips

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRising star Kristine Cayabyab echoed Ravena’s sentiments.“It’s really a big help to young basketball players. The drills will really help you become a better player,” said Cayabyab, who watches her favorite player LeBron James’ highlights on YouTube.Here are the rest of the photos from the media trial:Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READ Access to basketball has never been this easy for aspiring basketball players and professional ballers alike.Nike on Saturday officially launched the Hyper Court app that gives exclusive basketball content to Filipino hoopers.ADVERTISEMENT Manalang bids goodbye to Adamson after ‘heartbreaking’ loss QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIEScenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC During the event, selected members of the media experienced what the interactive training is all about.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBasketball stars Kiefer Ravena, LA Tenorio, Jayson Castro and Jeff Chan helped conduct shooting and dribbling drills. The training routines are part of the Hyper Court app, which allows Filipino ballers free access to videos.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s very convenient knowing it’s in our hands and everybody is into technology nowadays,” Ravena, a two-time UAAP champion and MVP out of Ateneo told INQUIRER.net. “It makes it accessible to everybody to have your own workouts, to figure out a way on how to improve their skill set and the app made everything possible for everybody.”Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net“With my experience before, you have to do it the manual way. Go to a coach, training centers. but nowadays, we can maximize the technology that we have. it just made everybody feel like they can be a professional athlete and they can improve their game through the app.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts01:51SC gives QC court one month extension to resolve Maguindanao massacre case01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

NBA says no rules broken in Ben Simmons-Magic Johnson meeting request

first_imgUS judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Without Kyrie Irving, Celtics beat 76ers again Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting FILE – At left, in a Jan. 2, 2019, file photo, Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons is shown in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, in Phoenix. At right, in a March 8, 2018, file photo, Magic Johnson attends an NCAA college basketball game in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 men’s tournament, in Las Vegas. The NBA is going to investigate whether league rules were broken when Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons inquired about meeting with Los Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson for playing tips. League spokesman Mike Bass said Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, that the NBA will look at the matter. (AP Photo/File)NEW YORK — The NBA says Los Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson did not break any league tampering rules when he spoke about Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons earlier this week.The NBA’s relatively quick-moving investigation was initiated after it was revealed that Simmons wanted to meet with Johnson to talk about the art of being an elite point guard. Johnson complimented Simmons publicly on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES “I love his game. I love his vision,” Johnson said.But since that was in response to a media inquiry, the NBA says Johnson was permitted to make such comments.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“We have concluded that Magic Johnson’s statements regarding Ben Simmons do not constitute a tampering violation,” the league said. “The Philadelphia 76ers initiated the contact with the Los Angeles Lakers by requesting a meeting between Johnson and Simmons. Both organizations ultimately concluded that such a meeting did not make sense at this time but in that context, Johnson’s response to a media inquiry regarding Simmons does not run afoul of league rules.”The Lakers have been fined for tampering violations twice since 2017, with those violations costing the team a combined $550,000. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oil plant explodes in Pampanga towncenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Before a game Tuesday night in Atlanta, Lakers coach Luke Walton shrugged off a question about the NBA’s ruling.“We’re worried about trying to play ball here,” he said. “That’s it.”Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce said it’s impossible to prevent players from speaking to members of other organizations. He noted that Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins, a television analyst for the Hawks, is often sought out by opposing players.“A lot of that stuff happens naturally,” Pierce said. “Any team that comes in to play the Hawks, I always see players speaking to Dominique. It’s all welcomed and encouraged. You just have to do it the right way.”ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Virat Kohli has it in him to win India 2019 Cricket World Cup: Darren Sammy

first_imgKapil’s Devils changed the image of Indian cricket in 1983. Not many, including some of the ones in the Indian dressing room back then, gave them a chance of beating the big boys of world cricket in England.However, the mighty West Indies were beaten in the final and Kapil lifted the World Cup at the Lord’s balcony in what is being seen as the watershed moment of Indian cricket’s history.Some of the greatest Indian captains, including Mohammed Azharuddin and Sourav Ganguly, had tried to emulate Kapil but found no success. However, another man from a small town in the country – MS Dhoni helped India end the Australian dominance and a 28-year-long wait at home in 2011.It is now the turn of Indian cricket’s new-age poster boy, Virat Kohli to shoulder the burden of expectations of a billion as the Asian giants head into the 2019 World Cup as one of the title favourites.Ever since taking over from Dhoni in 2017 as the limited-overs captain, Kohli has made sure India has remained one of the dominant limited-over sides in world cricket. The Delhi boy nearly aced his first big test as skipper as he led his troops to the final of Champions Trophy 2017 in England only to lose to arch-rivals Pakistan in a one-sided final.Backing Kohli’s captaincy skills, T20 globetrotter and the captain of T10 League’s Zee5 Northern Warriors, Darren Sammy, who knows a thing or two about winning world titles, insists the India captain has it in him to help to World Cup glory in England next year.Sammy said Kohli’s ability to lead by performance augurs well for Team India, who will be one of the teams to beat at next year’s global 50-over spectacle.”With the World Cup being played every four years, he has to win the World Cup next year. I am not sure if he will be around when during 2024 (2023) edition. But I am sure he has the qualities to win India the World Cup,” Sammy told India Today from the United Arab Emirates.The World T20-winning former West Indies skipper added: “We all are different leaders, we bring different qualities to our team with our leadership. Virat is one who leads by performance, he is a consistent performer. I was different as I led by motivation. I had a very good team in which I did not have the need to be a star.”India has always been a force to reckon with in limited-over cricket and T20I as well. India won under Dhoni who I think has been a brilliant captain. I learned a few things from him as well.”advertisementChris Gayle should play the 2019 World Cup: Sammy Chris Gayle was not available for the recently-concluded ODI series in India (Reuters Photo)Meanwhile, Sammy also stressed on the importance of having Chris Gayle in the West Indies side at the World Cup, saying the big-hitting opener should be the first name on the team sheet, provided he makes himself available.In the prolonged absence of several key players due to pay disputes and contract issues, the two-time champions failed to seal an automatic berth but managed to qualify for the 10-team tournament after playing the qualifiers earlier this year.Nonetheless, Sammy is buoyed by the emergence of exciting talents, especially in the pace bowling unit. If they head to England with the “right team”, the West Indies can challenge the big boys, according to the 34-year-old.”Chris Gayle should be the first person on the XI if he is available,” Sammy opined.”Cricket is played on the field no matter what is happening in the dressing room. If we get the right team and a good combination of players in the park, we will be able to challenge any team. I am hopeful of the West Indies doing well in England next summer.”‘T10 Cricket is the sport’s vehicle to Olympics’ Darren Sammy leads the Zee5 Northern Warriors side in the second edition of T10 League (Twitter Photo)Sammy also shared his thoughts on sport’s newest experiment – the T10 Cricket, saying the format has the potential to be cricket’s vehicle to Olympics.T10 cricket, as showcased in the much-publicised T10 League, is played over 90 minutes with 10 overs-a-side and the former West Indies captain believesthis football-like feature will take the format to unchartered territories.”It [T10 Cricket] a very exciting format. I was there last year as well. The crowd has been fantastic. Cricket is being played like a 90-minute football match. T20 is exciting but T10 cricket brings a lot more excitement. I would like to call this format ‘Highlights cricket’.””I also think T10 cricket is the ideal vehicle to drive cricket into the Olympics.”advertisementAlso Read | Ex-Australia cricketers differ on ways to tackle the Virat Kohli threatAlso Read | Less verbals but more bouncers from Australia: Ian Chappell warns Virat Kohli’s IndiaAlso Read | Australia cricketers tend to break fine line between cheating and gamesmanship: GavaskarAlso see:last_img read more