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    Test scores 2018-19: School performance growth

    Proficiency is one way to measure student performance.  Growth is another.  While proficiency is determined by the number of questions answered correctly, growth captures performance relative to scores on previous tests.  A student may not reach proficiency, but they may demonstrate positive growth.  Likewise, a student may be proficient,…
    Terry Stoops, September 4, 2019
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    Test scores 2018-19: Elementary and middle school reading, math, and science

    The N.C. Department of Public Instruction released state test scores for all public schools.  I’ll share some of the highlights on the Locker Room blog throughout the day. Students in grades 3-8 statewide (reading): 57.2 percent of students in grades 3-8 were considered Grade Level Proficient (GLP).  This…
    Terry Stoops, September 4, 2019
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    The Google effect: Internet as a personal memory bank

    In “Google Effects on Memory: Cognitive Consequences of Having Information at Our Fingertips,” Betsy Sparrow, Jenny Liu, and Daniel M. Wegner examine the relationship between personal memory and the use of the Internet to access information instantly.  They hypothesize that the Internet encourages individuals to “store” information outside themselves,…
    Terry Stoops, July 28, 2011
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    Neither size nor shape

    Live Blog Patrick Basham and John Luik summarize recent research exposing obesity myths. The most recent example is from the Lancet, where researchers write that fat distribution (pear-shaped vs apple-shaped), BMI, and other measures of obesity don't help determine cardiovascular disease once you account for cholesterol, blood pressure,…
    Joseph Coletti, March 15, 2011