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Call to rank students by school

Posted by Christian Barton on Sep 26, 2011 0 comments

The AQA says universities should see pupils education context as well as academic achievement

A-level pupils should be ranked by the schools they attend as well as the grades they get, an exam board says.

Under the proposal, a pupil from a weak school who scored lower than a candidate from a good school would get extra credit for university points.

The Assessment and Qualifications Alliance says this would allow students from diverse socio-economic backgrounds to compete fairly for degree places.

AQA is presenting the concept at fringe events at the party conferences.

The exam board suggests a measure of education context – based on, for example, deprivation indices or free school meals data – could be used to rank order university applicants.

Report author Dr Neil Stringer uses the example of a medical school at the University of London that accepts lower A-level grades from pupils from poorer schools.

St Georges offers results of “BBC” rather than “AAB” to students who perform 60% better than the average for their school.

The scheme is open to students from schools whose A-level average is “CDD” or below.

‘Able learners’

Dr Stringer said: “St Georges reports that students from poorly performing schools who are accepted into medical school with lower grades do just as well as their peers with higher grades.

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Update: Two Boston Reform Nonprofits Merge

Posted by Christian Barton on Sep 24, 2011 0 comments

Non-baseball newsfrom Beantown is that two semi-independent ed reform organizations, Boston Plan for Excellence and Boston Teacher Residency, have merged forces .

BPE was a prominent part of reform efforts during and after the Payzant era in Boston, during which the organization piloted various initiatives.

BTR came along later, a residency-based teacher training program.

BTRs founder and ED Jesse Solomon is going to run the new organization.

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Lescano, defense lead St. Thomas Aquinas over Prattville, 34-31

Posted by Christian Barton on Aug 25, 2011 0 comments

Most high school football coaches go an entire career without taking on the nation’s top-ranked team. Even fewer win those games.

After one game as the St. Thomas Aquinas head coach, Rocco Casullo has done both.

Photo: St. Thomas Aquinas football coach Rocco CasulloPhoto: St. Thomas Aquinas running back Dami Ayoola In a made-for-television matchup Saturday, Casullo’s Raiders beat Prattville (Ala.) High,’s national No.1, 34-31. Aquinas quarterback Max Lescano rushed for two touchdowns and threw for two more, with help from the double-trouble running back tandem of Dami Ayoola and Fred Coppet.

“I’m kind of speechless, because all around, so many things are going through my mind,” Casullo said after the game. “Dami and Fred said they would put this team on their shoulders. They got the necessary yards and kept the chains moving, kept the clock moving, and that was key.”

Ayoola and Coppet combined to rush for 145 yards on 33 carries, and Coppet, a junior, had 143 all-purpose yards overall.

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Pew Report Finds Spike in Hispanic Enrollment Numbers

Posted by Christian Barton on Aug 25, 2011 0 comments

A new report by the Pew Hispanic Center has found that Hispanic students between the ages of 18-24 enrolled in college at a rate faster than any other ethnic group in the 2009-2010 school year. During a year when total college enrollment for college-aged students was at 12.2 million, 1.8 million, or 15 percent, were Hispanic. 349,000 Hispanics, a 24 percent increase, enrolled in college as Freshman in the 09-10 school year, more than the 88,000 black students and 43,000 Asian American students who did the same. The number of white students decreased by 320,000.

Hispanics make up 16 percent of the total US population, making them the largest minority group in the US. Part of the reason for the spike in their enrollment numbers was a recent surge in the overall Hispanic population. Another part is increased high school graduation rates. Graduation rates went from 70 percent in 2009 to 73 percent in 2010. Graduates who then went onto college rose from 39 percent to 43 percent.Some 46 percent of these students have enrolled at 2-year community colleges.

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Clarkstown South first beneficiary of “Save Your Brain” program

Posted by William Bateman on Jul 25, 2011 0 comments

A round of new football helmets will be donated to the Clarkstown South football team as part of the Helluva Helmet Campaign started by a local youth-athletic charity started by Save Your Brain, Inc.

Save Your Brain was founded by Anthony Fiume and Brandon Drummond, who both attended Clarkstown South High School. The organization is dedicated to using videos, music, sports and fashion to educate young athletes. Their hope is to make it cool for an athlete to want to protect him/herself.

The goal is to raise third-party funding to buy and donate the best in helmet technology to high school football teams. In this case, Save Your Brain has partnered with the Clarkstown Schools Education Foundation.

You can find more information about the organization at its website.


Champions Camp scheduled to begin Aug. 1

Posted by William Bateman on Jul 23, 2011 0 comments

Champions Camp at New Rochelle High School has become the final big event before the start of every new season. Some of the areas top teams meet for a week of workouts before a two-week break. Then its football, football, football all the way through to Thanksgiving weekend.

That will be the case this year as well. New Ro is set to host its annual camp beginning on Monday. It will run through Friday, with teams working from 4:30-8 every night. The list of teams includes: New Ro, Iona Prep, Harrison, Eastchester, Tuckahoe, and Woodlands.

There have been a few changes to the participants this year. Briarcliff and Roosevelt will not attend the camp. They have been replaced by Iona Prep and Woodlands. (Iona Prep participated last year, but only in a couple 7-on-7s.) Also, Ardsley may attend the camp as well, which has done in the past.

Full disclosure: I will not be at Champions Camp this year. Im headed out on vacation on Friday and will be gone for two weeks.

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