November 15, 2013 |
New Jersey asked tougher questions in annual tests for elementary and middle school students, but the results remained nearly the same as last year - something state officials consider a positive outcome. The results from spring's standardized exams, released Wednesday by the state, are the first since questions in the majority of the grades tested for the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJASK) were aligned to the more rigorous Common Core Standard. Statewide, 66.7 percent of students in grades three through eight scored proficient in language arts, compared with 65.9 percent last year.
November 2, 2013 |
Penn State senior guard John Urschel has been named a National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete, one of 16 football student-athletes chosen from across all NCAA and NAIA divisions, the NFF announced Thursday. Urschel, who was named an Academic All-American last year, receives an $18,000 scholarship for post-graduate studies with the award, and also is a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy presented to the nation's top college football scholar-athlete. The winner of the Campbell award, which carries an additional $25,000 post-graduate scholarship, will be announced Dec. 10 in New York where Urschel and the other scholar-athlete winners will be honored.
October 25, 2013 |
Joseph V. Molinari served as an Air Force cargo pilot in Vietnam in the 1970s during the conflict there. Later, while in the Air Force Reserve, he was needed again. So Mr. Molinari interrupted his teaching and coaching career at Burlington City High School and flew cargo missions in the Middle East during the Persian Gulf War of 1990-91. On Sunday, Oct. 20, Mr. Molinari, 67, of Cherry Hill, died of cardiac arrest at St. Michael's Medical Center in Newark, N.J. Born in Newark, Mr. Molinari graduated from Kearny High School and earned a bachelor's degree in education at Seton Hall University.
October 22, 2013 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The students in Math 232, integral vector calculus at Pennsylvania State University, can watch their teacher perform on two stages this fall. One is their yellow-walled classroom in the Willard Building. The other is Beaver Stadium. The teacher is John C. Urschel, the 305-pound starting right guard for the Penn State football team, a first-team All-Big Ten selection, and an NFL prospect. Urschel finished his undergraduate math courses in three years, earning a perfect 4.0 grade-point average.
October 7, 2013 |
I'm not good at math, but neither is the government. As I write this on Monday, our government is sputtering to a halt, expecting to shut down by the weekend. So by now you know the ending, like a spoiler for the TV show Breaking Bad . Except the government show is called Breaking Down . And it's not that good. Allow me to suggest that it doesn't matter whether the government managed to stave off this most recent shutdown, because this won't be the last. Our government is hooked.
October 7, 2013 |
THE PHILADELPHIA School District yesterday released its results for the state's top standardized test - the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment, or PSSA - and the news wasn't pretty. The scores marked the second year in a row that the overall percentage of students scoring "proficient" or "advanced" on math and reading exams were down, across all grade levels and subgroups. The district said average math proficiency scores fell four points from 51 percent to 47 percent, according to the district.
October 5, 2013 |
There is nothing that energizes a soccer team more than a keeper figuratively standing on his head, making one big save after another. That was the situation last Friday when Zac MacMath had his best Major League Soccer game of the season - and possibly his career - in a 1-0 win at Sporting Kansas City. Don't take our word for it, just listen to Conor Casey, who scored the game's lone goal to snap a five-game winless streak and suddenly put the Union in control of their own postseason destiny with four games left.
September 28, 2013 |
MALVERN With a DJ in the gym, and an inflatable slide in the parking lot, St. Patrick School looked like a carnival Thursday. And instead of their everyday green uniforms, the pupils were dressed in blue. St. Patrick School was named one of the 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools, an honor bestowed on 50 private and 236 public schools in the country. And that called for a blue palooza. Principal Patricia O'Donnell said the school in Malvern had been notified by the Department of Education over the summer that it might win the award, and she made sure it was ready to celebrate.
September 5, 2013
Last week, Editorial Page Editor Sandra Shea wrote a separate, signed column ("Hey, teachers: Do the math") about the points that teachers are making in the current school-budget crisis, and questioning some of them. The response was heavy and rapid, from teachers and others, in support of teachers and not, via snail-mail, email and online. Here's a sampling. I AM a 2011 graduate of Rutgers University and a certified history teacher in New Jersey. I am currently getting my cert in Pennsylvania.
July 14, 2013 |
IT IS NOT how you start a game, but how you finish - just ask Zac MacMath. Now in his third season with the Union, the 21-year-old goalkeeper has enjoyed ups and downs throughout his professional career, but MacMath understands he must learn to finish games consistently to be considered a top MLS player. In Philadelphia's 20 games this season, the Union has dominated the first half, scoring 15 goals, while MacMath has allowed eight. The second half typically has been a different story.