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Superintendent June Atkinson Talks Testing in Latest Blog Post PDF Print E-mail
Education
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Friday, 29 May 2015 05:34

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson added to the debate over the value of testing in her latests blog post.

"A student’s performance on an end-of-grade test is not a movie of his or her life, but just a single snapshot from one point in time," Atkinson writes at ncpublicschools.org. " And this snapshot should not have a significant effect on the entire course of a student’s academic career. In fact, it is spelled out in state law that end-of-grade test scores should never be used as the only factor in making the decision to promote or retain the student. Principals are required by law to consider the student’s performance in class, on class assignments and projects, homework and end-of-grade test scores when they are making decisions regarding retention."

The blog is just one of the department's weekly blog highlights. Others are:

2. Exhibitor Registration Information for EC Conference Now Online
Registration information for exhibitors for the 65th Annual Conference on Exceptional Children is available on the Exceptional Children website at  http://ec.ncpublicschools.gov/conferences-profdev/annual-conference. The conference website is updated regularly. Check back often for the latest information regarding the Exceptional Children division’s largest event of the year.

 

3. Training Resources for School/District Data Component for Schoolnet on the Web
Guides to assist school and districts leaders with the School and Data component of Schoolnet are available under Training and Information on the Home Base website at  http://www.ncpublicschools.org/homebase/training/materials/category?category=School%20and%20District%20Data%20%28Schoolnet%29.

 This document guides district leaders through the process of finding and using standards mastery data for Benchmark assessments by comparing schools and performance groups within the reporting functions of Schoolnet.

 
88 College Students Selected For State Government Summer Internships PDF Print E-mail
Education
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Thursday, 28 May 2015 05:26

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - For the 45th year, North Carolina college students will get a taste of the real world when they spend 10 weeks as state government summer interns. They will be paid $8.25 per hour.

The Department of Administration's Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office oversees the program that involves college, graduate, and law school students.

The 88 represent 36 counties, 25 public and private colleges/universities, law schools and community colleges, and more than 56 different majors ranging from accounting to zoology.

A full list of the 2015 summer internships can be found on the Youth Advocacy website.

 
Chad Bledsoe Begins Job as New Leader of Montgomery Community College PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 May 2015 05:49

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - His supporters say his tenure at Western Piedmont Community College has prepared him well for the top job at sister property Montgomery Community College. And by taking the oath earlier this month, Chad Bledsoe has begun his work as the new leader of the Troy campus.

Bledsoe won the job after a search committee conducted an exhaustive search that narrowed to four finalists.

According to the courier-tribune, Bledsoe told those gathered for his installation that the next years of the college will be marked by changes in technology and the economy.

The full story can be found at courier-tribune.com.

 
UNC Charlotte Snags E-Book Grant From Mellon Foundation PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 26 May 2015 05:20

RALEIGH, SGRToday.com) - UNC Charlotte's Atkins Library has been awarded a $271,000 grant to investigate how best to license and acquire electronic resources for academic libraries. The grant comes from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The university will produce recommendations for the licensing and acquisition of electronic resources, particularly eBooks, through the two-year grant.

“Academic institutions are moving rapidly from print to electronic books,” said Joan Lorden, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at UNC Charlotte, in a statement at uncc.edu. “UNC Charlotte, with the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will explore the impact this shift has on the long-term survival, use and licensing of eBooks.”

 
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