Fort Worth ISD takes a look at STAAR testing

first_imgFacebook Twitter Twitter Joey McReynolds Trump to appear at Fort Worth Convention Center Joey McReynolds + posts Linkedin Fort Worth Firefighters Charities posts signs for drowning prevention month Fort Worth to present development plan for Berry/University area near TCU Linkedin The109: senior minister at University Christian Church announces resignation Previous articleFWISD general elections to occur soonNext articleFort Worth, TCU say goodbye to Jim Wright Joey McReynolds RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Joey McReynolds Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature ReddIt Joey McReynolds Facebook Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday Joey McReynolds ReddIt printSince the results of the math State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) exam for third through eighth graders will not be included for the 2015 state accountability system, many parents are asking why their child should take the exam this year.State law requires students in the fifth and eighth grade to pass the STAAR math and reading exam in order to proceed to the next grade level.“Adequate yearly progress started with No Child Left Behind, which is federal legislation that requires you to assess grades starting in 3rd grade for math and reading,” Chad Davis, the director of data and reporting at Fort Worth ISD, said. “Federally, schools are kept accountable based on scores in reading and math but the state of Texas requires testing in science and social studies as well.”Commissioner of Education Michael Williams announced the new policy on April 8 after many discussions with superintendents across the state regarding new curriculum standards in mathematics for kindergarten through eighth grade.“The standards are more difficult and new to the teachers and students,” Sara Gillaspie, the principal of Westcliff Elementary School, said. “Normally, when TEKS has been rewritten for a subject, the state allows for a year to adjust.”STAAR testing concluded for students in Fort Worth ISD in late April; however, out of the 141 schools in FWISD, 24 schools need improvement and 55 schools made one or more distinctions in the 2013-2014 school year.The STAAR test is still relatively new, so each year the standard will increase. Currently, a student has to answer 55% of the questions correctly to meet the standard or pass the exam.Schools in Texas are judged by four progress measures: achievement, improvement, closing the achievement gap and college readiness. If all areas are met, the school has met the standard.If the school has exceptional scores, these schools are recognized with distinctions in math, science, reading or social studies. To see which campuses met standards and received distinctions in FWISD, you can look at the data.‘“For the most part I think the STAAR testing reflects both the teachers performance and the students,” Connie Smith, the principal of Tanglewood Elementary, said.Sara Arispie, the executive director of testing for FWISD, was not available to comment on how many parents decided to “opt out” their child for STAAR testing due to changes.“We all expected them to not count, but then they waited longer than usual to notify us that they would not count,” Gillaspie said.Smith says that students at Tanglewood were prepared for testing this year, despite the changing standards that were relocated to different grades.“I tell the kids it’s like spring training,” Smith said. “You prepare so much with benchmarks, and on opening day you should not be nervous, you should be excited and ready to perform.”For more information about STAAR testing visit: www.tea.texas.govlast_img read more

Hong Kong: Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai sentenced to one year and two months in jail for “unauthorised assembly”

first_img News Receive email alerts to go further PHOTO: ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP Jimmy Lai, 73, founder of Next Digital press group and its flagship newspaper Apple Daily and 2020 RSF Press Freedom Awards laureate, was sentenced on 16th April to a total of one year and two months in prison for “organising” and “taking part” in two “unauthorised” pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong on 18th and 31st of August 2019.“One year and two months in prison for taking part in two peaceful protests is an utterly disproportionate punishment that reveals how desperate the government is to silence Jimmy Lai, a symbol of press freedom in Hong Kong”, says Cédric Alviani, the head of RSF’s East Asia bureau, who calls for Lai’s “immediate release alongside the dropping of all his charges, including the ones for which he faces a life sentence.” This court verdict is part of a long-lasting judicial harassment campaign against Lai, who has been detained since December 2020. Lai faces six other procedures ranging from “fraud”, and “conspiracy to pervert the course of justice” to “conspiracy to collude with foreign forces”, for which he risks up to a life sentence under the infamous National Security Law adopted last year by the Chinese regime.On 12th April, Jimmy Lai, in a letter penned in his jail cell, called on the Apple Daily staff to “stand tall”: “It is our responsibility as journalists to seek justice. As long as we are not blinded by unjust temptations, as long as we do not let evil get its way through us, we are fulfilling our responsibility.”Hong Kong, once a bastion of press freedom, has fallen from 18th place in 2002 to 80th place in the 2020 RSF World Press Freedom Index. The People’s Republic of China, for its part, has stagnated at 177th out of 180. News News Organisation RSF_en April 16, 2021 Hong Kong: Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai sentenced to one year and two months in jail for “unauthorised assembly” Follow the news on Hong Kong Help by sharing this information center_img May 26, 2021 Find out more Hong KongAsia – Pacific Media independence ImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment Hong Kong: RSF appeals to the UN to act for the release of Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai News Jimmy Lai, Apple Daily founder and 2020 RSF Press Freedom Awards laureate, was sentenced on 16th April by a Hong Kong court to one year and two months in prison for two cases of “unauthorised assembly”. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for Lai’s immediate release and the end of judicial harassment against him. May 28, 2021 Find out more Hong KongAsia – Pacific Media independence ImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK): Patrick Li, Director of Broadcasting or political commissar? In order to bypass journalists, Hong Kong Chief Executive launches her own talk show on public television April 29, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Third arrest made in drive-by shooting

first_img WhatsApp Police searching for woman connected to husband’s death Twitter Local NewsCrime Third arrest made in drive-by shooting 1 of 2 Jarius Martin Llanez, left; Tyler Blaine Scott, center; Robert Lujan Pinterest Odessa police charged a third suspect in connection with a drive-by shooting Friday and were still looking for one more suspect on Tuesday.Ricardo Zuniga Reyna, 17, was taken into custody at about 6:30 p.m. Monday, an Odessa Police Department news release stated, and charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a first-degree felony.Two other suspects, 17-year-old Jarius Llanez and 18-year-old Tyler Scott, were also given the same charges, and OPD is still looking for one more suspect believed to be involved in the shooting, 18-year-old Robert Lujan.Police were first called about a gunshot victim at around 11:56 a.m. Friday in the 1300 block of North Eidson Avenue, the release detailed. Facebook Youngsters urged to be safe over graduation weekends Facebook Home Local News Crime Third arrest made in drive-by shootingcenter_img Upon arrival, officers made contact with two victims, 18-year-old Nathan Stephens and 19-year-old Desmond Tuggle, the release stated. Stephens had been shot once in the abdomen and taken to Medical Center Hospital with serious bodily injury, and Tuggle had suffered a minor injury on his left hand from the incident. MCH Spokeswoman Rhonda LeWallen said Monday Stephens was in good condition.The suspects fled the scene in two vehicles before police arrived, the release detailed. They were believed to be driving a black Chevrolet truck and a black Pontiac Sunfire.Jail records show the three suspects were still in the Ector County Detention Center and have two $50,000 bonds each.Police are asking anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Lujan to call OPD at 432-333-3641 or Odessa Crime Stoppers at 432-333-TIPS and reference case number 18-10711.OPD is still investigating another drive-by shooting that occurred Thursday night at Sherwood Park, 4520 N. Dixie Blvd.Officers were called about shots fired around 10:55 p.m. Thursday at Sherwood Park, where they found 18-year-old Christopher Evans, who told them he had been shot at by unknown people, and 19-year-old Daniel Garcia, who had been shot in the lower left leg.Garcia described the suspect’s vehicle as a 2000 model Altima or Firebird.Anyone with information regarding this shooting can call OPD or Odessa Crime Stoppers and reference case number 18-10625. Previous articleMan charged with sexual assault of 14-year-oldNext articleJBS executive director steps down admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Police searching for man connected to hit and run Tyler Blaine Scott Twitter Pinterest By admin – March 13, 2018 Jarius Martin Llanez, left; Tyler Blaine Scott, center; Robert Lujan WhatsApp Summer Spaghetti SaladSlap Your Mama It’s So Delicious Southern Squash CasseroleHawaiian Roll Ham SlidersPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay last_img read more

Directory Launched By American Mortgage Diversity Council

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribe The American Mortgage Diversity Council (AMDC), an independent organization comprised of industry leaders and advocates focused on shaping the diversity agenda for the mortgage industry, has launched its mortgage industry Diversity & Inclusion Directory.The directory is a collection of company profiles that are minority, women, veteran, disabled, LGBT owned or operated, or diverse in other areas. The directory gives companies one central location to search diverse vendors locally or nationally for the services they need in many different categories, including legal, property preservation, valuations, title, loss mitigation, and more.“This directory is another step in achieving the council’s ultimate goal—which is to create an industry that is inclusive of all where diverse businesses are provided the opportunity to present their services to those looking to engage in a diverse supply chain,” said AMDC co-chairs Jay Inouye, Director of Vendor Diversity at Freddie Mac, and Michael Ruiz, Director of Supplier Diversity at Fannie Mae in a joint statement.“The directory is one of the many initiatives the AMDC had created to address pressing issues in diversity. I look forward to working alongside the Council’s leadership to help further develop this important resource,” said Erik Richard, AMDC’s Senior Policy and Program Advisor, and CEO of Landmark Network.Government agencies have recently made a bigger push toward furthering diversity and inclusion within the industry. Earlier in October, the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced it is seeking comments on proposed amendments to its Minority and Women Inclusion regulations. The proposed amendments would require Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Home Loan Banks to engage in diversity and inclusion strategic planning by developing stand-alone plans or by incorporating diversity and inclusion into their existing strategic planning processes. The amendments would also encourage the regulated entities to expand contracting opportunities for minorities, women, and individuals with disabilities through subcontracting arrangements.In August of this year, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Federal Reserve, and the FDIC issued guidelines for the financial institutions they regulate on submitting self-assessments of their diversity policies and practices. In order to maximize transparency, the agencies are strongly encouraged the financial institutions to disclose diversity policies and practices on their websites, and also include information related to their self-assessments.The AMDC invites all firms across the mortgage industry to submit a corporate profile and be included in the Diversity & Inclusion Directory.The directory can be viewed by clicking HERE. Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: AMDC Kendall Baer is a Baylor University graduate with a degree in news editorial journalism and a minor in marketing. She is fluent in both English and Italian, and studied abroad in Florence, Italy. Apart from her work as a journalist, she has also managed professional associations such as Association of Corporate Counsel, Commercial Real Estate Women, American Immigration Lawyers Association, and Project Management Institute for Association Management Consultants in Houston, Texas. Born and raised in Texas, Baer now works as the online editor for DS News. About Author: Kendall Baer Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Directory Launched By American Mortgage Diversity Council Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago AMDC 2016-10-25 Kendall Baer in Daily Dose, Featured, News Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Directory Launched By American Mortgage Diversity Council Previous: Housing Demand Picks Up Steam Next: Seroka Launches Digital Division Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago October 25, 2016 1,435 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days agolast_img read more

Woman killed in west Donegal crash

first_img WhatsApp Previous articleN56 closed between Dunlewy and Crolly follow serious crashNext articleProtest planned in Letterkenny against Post Office closures News Highland Pinterest Google+ Pinterest Facebook Twitter By News Highland – November 30, 2018 WhatsApp A woman has died in a single vehicle road traffic collision in west Donegal.The crash happened at 4.30pm on Friday evening on the N56 between Gweedore Station and Dore crossroads.The women in her 70s was pronounced dead at the scene after the car she was driving struck a ditch. She was the sole occupant of the vehicle.Gardai are appealing for witnesses to contact Milford Garda station on 0749153060The road will remain closed overnight to facilitate a technical examination of the scene – local diversion are in place. Google+ Homepage BannerNewscenter_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Woman killed in west Donegal crash Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennan Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Facebook Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further last_img read more

Small plane crash shuts down major highway near D.C., 4 treated for injuries

first_imgMichael Hannegan Jr.(BOWIE, Md.) — A plane’s pilot and passenger were seen standing in the median of a highway in Bowie, Maryland, on Thursday after surviving a crash shortly before noon.“I’m blessed that we’re not hurt. I’m still overloaded and we’re still running on adrenaline so we’re doing okay,” pilot Julius Tolson, 58, told ABC News Washington D.C. affiliate WJLA-TV.As the plane went down, its wing slammed into the roof of a car carrying two other men, who suffered minor injuries, according to Maryland State Police.“Police were on the scene very quickly,” Tolson said.“[The two men injured in the car] were taken away pretty quickly and so we’re happy to hear that they weren’t hurt seriously or anything like that,” Michael Garrah, 57, the plane’s passenger, told WJLA.The pilot and passenger were treated at the scene, and the crash caused lane closures along U.S. Route 50, police said.Tolson and Garrah told WJLA they were taking off just east of Washington D.C. when they had an instrumentation problem and decided to abort.Maryland State Police believe the pilot misjudged the landing prior to the crash.“We could’ve got hit by a tractor trailer…the way that the plane spun,” Garrah said. “I think it absorbed a lot of the energy. So I think we’re obviously really lucky.”Federal Aviation Administration officials said they were investigating the accident.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

BYU Baseball Visits Utah Tuesday

first_imgThe Cougars’ team leader in batting average is senior infielder Brian Hsu (.381). Tags: Brock Hale/BYU Baseball/Erick Migueles/Jackson Cluff/Jordan Wood/Joshua Tedeschi/Oliver Dunn/Reid McLaughlin/Utah Baseball/Zack Moeller The Cougars have won their last eight games, the fifth-longest streak in the nation but are looking to snap a 3-game losing streak in this series. The Utes meanwhile seek to end a 9-game losing streak this evening. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY-Tuesday, BYU baseball (21-5, 7-2 in West Coast Conference play) visits the University of Utah (7-15, 1-8 in Pac-12 play) in the first playing of this rivalry for the 2019 baseball season. BYU’s pitching staff ranks 16th nationally with a WHIP of 1.17 and they allow just 7.37 hits per 9 innings. This ranks them 25th nationally. Written by April 2, 2019 /Sports News – Local BYU Baseball Visits Utah Tuesday Freshman right-handed pitcher Reid McLaughlin and senior right-handed pitcher Jordan Wood are 4-0 apiece to lead BYU’s staff. The Cougars lead the all-time series 246-119-1 and are 112-64-1 all-time at Salt Lake City in the series. Brad James The Utes are led by junior infielder Oliver Dunn (a team-best .367 batting average, 2 home runs, 13 RBI), redshirt junior catcher Zack Moeller (3 home runs, 22 RBI) and senior outfielder Erick Migueles (3 home runs, 20 RBI). The Cougars are the only team in the nation to be ranked both in the Top 15 in in team ERA (14th at 2.99) and the Top 40 in batting average (38th at .292). Both sophomore infielder Jackson Cluff (2 home runs, 27 RBI) and senior outfielder Brock Hale (7 home runs, 25 RBI) lead the Cougars offensively. Senior left-handed pitcher Joshua Tedeschi (3-2) is the only Utes’ hurler with a winning record thus far on the season.last_img read more

State Revenue Collections Come In Below Forecast

first_imgState revenue Collections Come In Below Forecast December 11, 2017 Staff ReportTheStatehouseFile.comIndiana’s year-to-date revenue collections of nearly $5.8 billion have come in nearly $150 million below what was forecast by the State Budget Agency last spring.The agency on Monday issued its revenue report for November, which found that although actual collections for the current fiscal year are below forecast, they are above the collections for the same time period a year ago.In November, general fund revenues totaled a little more than $1 billion, lower than the forecast by 1.3 percent but above November 2016 collections by 1.7 percent.Other November numbers:Sales tax collections were $617.5 million, more than1 percent higher than forecast and 3 percent above a year ago;Individual income tax collections totaled $363.9 million, above the estimate and 3.2 percent above the amount collected a year ago;Corporate tax collections were $33.8 million, well below the forecast and the amount collected in November 2016.The budget agency reported that corporate tax collections are down because refunds, which total $76.6 million fiscal year-to-date, are up 100 percent.FOOTNOTE: is a website powered by Franklin College journalism students.Print Friendly, PDF & Email FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharecenter_img last_img read more

Joe Kernan passes away at age 74

first_img Pinterest Google+ A release was sent out earlier this morning announcing the passng of former South Bend Mayor and Indiana Governor Joe Kernan.You can read the full release below, we will have more funeral details as they become availableSOUTH BEND, INDIANA (July 29,2020) – Earlier today, Joseph E. Kernan, 48th Governor of the State of Indiana passed away following a long illness. He is survived by his wife Maggie, and seven siblings who live in the state of Maine and the Washington, DC area.Kernan’s distinguished career began as a United States Navy Lieutenant. He and his co-pilot were shot down while on a reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam in 1972. He spent 11 months as a POW in Hanoi, including at the infamous ‘Hanoi Hilton’ prison.A graduate of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, Kernan returned home in 1974 to begin a career in business. In 1980, South Bend Mayor, Roger Parent asked him to serve as the City Controller in his administration.Seven years later in 1987, he was elected to his first of three consecutive terms as mayor of the City of South Bend. In his third election as mayor, he received over 82% of the vote – still the widest margin of victory in the City of South Bend history.In 1996, Frank O’Bannon, who was running for Governor of Indiana, asked Kernan to join him as the candidate for Lt. Governor. O’Bannon and Kernan were elected in November of that year. The team of O’Bannon and Kernan won reelection four years later in 2000.When Governor O’Bannon died unexpectedly of a stroke in 2003, Kernan was sworn in as the state’s 48th Governor. Kernan made history immediately by appointing Kathy Davis as Indiana’s first female Lt. Governor.Upon retirement from politics in 2005, Kernan moved back to South Bend and convinced fifty other members of the community to purchase the minor league South Bend Silver Hawks baseball team.  At the time, the team was precariously close to leaving the city.Kernan and his investors were able to keep the team in South Bend until a new owner by the name of Andrew Berlin was found in 2011. Not only did Berlin agree to keep the team in South Bend, he signed a twenty-year lease for the stadium at the same time.Kernan continued to work as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Notre Dame, and through his own consulting firm until his death earlier today.“Indiana mourns the loss of Joe Kernan, a bone fide American hero, decorated Navy officer, and truly selfless statesman who always placed the interests of his fellow Hoosiers first,” said Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb.“Distinguished isn’t a strong enough word to describe him. Without regard for personal cost, Joe Kernan devoted every ounce of his life, time and again, to upholding the oath he took, and serving the country and state he loved.Undeterred after being shot down and tortured in Vietnam, he returned and led his beloved City of South Bend as mayor for three terms, and our state as our 47th lieutenant governor. When duty called him to step into a role he didn’t seek, he served as our 48th governor.Through his decades of servant leadership and sacrifice, Joe Kernan modeled all the best of what it means to be a Hoosier and his legacy will continue to live on in each of us whom he inspired.Janet and I ask Hoosiers across our state to join us in lifting up in prayer Mrs. Kernan, their incredible family, and all whose lives he touched.”Kernan passed away at 5:30 a.m. this morning after a prolonged illness. Arrangements are being made by Welsheimer’s Funeral Home in South Bend. Kernan, always a loyal friend, had expressed a preference for Welsheimer’s because the funeral home sponsored his little league team in 1958 when he was 12 years old.“Joe Kernan’s many and noteworthy contributions to Notre Dame, our community, the state and our nation cannot be overstated,” said John I. Jenkins, C.S.C, President of the University of Notre Dame. “A student-athlete at the University, he earned a bachelor’s degree in government, then entered the Navy and served as a decorated aviator in Vietnam, where he demonstrated uncommon heroism when shot down and held prisoner of war for 11 months.“As a three-term mayor of South Bend, he set the city on an upward trajectory that continues to this day. He likewise served our state with distinction, first as lieutenant governor and then, upon the sudden passing of Gov. Frank O’Bannon, stepping up as governor.“In addition to his government service, he was a beloved civic leader who never shied away from challenges. He was always a good friend to Notre Dame, and a friend and support to me personally. We were proud to have him as an alumnus, and as an adjunct faculty member in political science.“In presenting Joe with an honorary degree in 1998, the University praised him as ‘an accomplished public servant who played a pivotal role in strengthening the University’s town-gown relations.’ He went on to deliver a superb commencement address to the graduating class.“Our prayers are with his wife, Maggie, their family and his many friends. We grieve over his passing, while simultaneously recognizing a remarkable life. May he rest in peace.”Memorial contributions may be made to the Veterans Fund at the University of Notre Dame. Please direct your gift to support scholarships and fellowships for military-connected students to, by phone (574) 631-5150, or by mail: University of Notre Dame, Department of Development, 1100 Grace Hall, Notre Dame, Indiana 46556. Twitter IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Google+ WhatsApp By Brooklyne Beatty – July 29, 2020 0 595 Joe Kernan passes away at age 74 Previous articleTrump official: Indiana doing “really, really well” for coronavirus testingNext articleNiles Haunted House announces 2020 ticket plan Brooklyne Beatty Twitter Facebook Pinterest Facebook WhatsApplast_img read more

Die Antwoord Announces Impending Breakup In 2017

first_imgSouth African duo Die Antwoord recently confirmed in a new interview that they will be disbanding in September of 2017. The group’s Ninja said, “Die Antwoord dies on that day,” but not before sharing a brand new video for a song called “Fat Faded Fuck Face.”At one point, the band promised that they would release five albums before disbanding. With their fourth album due out this month, it seems the group will keep up their end of the bargain after all.You can read the full Exclaim! interview here, and check out the new single below.last_img read more