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By Joseph Soares, Professor of Sociology, Wake Forest University and first published on theconversation.com.Back in the 1980s, Bates College and Bowdoin College were nearly the only liberal arts colleges not to require applicants to submit SAT or ACT test scores.On Jan. 10, FairTest, a Boston-based organization that has been pushing back against America’s testing regime since 1985, announced that the number of colleges that are test-optional has now surpassed 1,000.This milestone means that more than one-third of America’s four-year nonprofit colleges now reject the idea that a test score should strongly determine a student’s future. The ranks of test-optional institutions include hundreds of prestigious private institutions, such as George Washington, New York University, Wesleyan University, and Wake Forest University. The list also includes hundreds of public universities, such as George Mason, San Francisco State, and Old Dominion.As noted in a book I edited, “SAT Wars: The Case for Test-Optional Admissions,” critics of the test-optional movement had claimed that test-optional colleges wouldn’t be able to select students of merit, standards would collapse and underachieving youths would run amok. The critics were wrong.At Wake Forest, we’ve never had academically stronger students with as much racial, ethnic and economic diversity from across America that since 2009, when we went test-optional. As reported in The New York Times, the average high school GPA of our incoming freshmen increased after we stopped using standardized test scores as a factor. Prior to going test-optional, the percentage of incoming freshmen who were in the top 10 percent of their high school class was in the low 60s. Afterward, the newspaper reported, that figure rose to 79 percent.Our students are better because we look at the whole person, not a test score. We emphasize high school grades because they have always been the best predictor of college academic performance.It is a myth that standardized scores predict college performance better than high school grades. Even the College Board, which owns the SAT, only claims that the combination of high school grades and test scores together gives colleges the best statistical prognosis of a student’s future. For many colleges, the Board’s claims are not wrong. But the key questions for those who want to combine GPA with test scores are: How much added statistical power does that give you? And is that extra power worth the costs? Are there negative side effects of putting test scores on the scales?As I note in my book, extensive research shows that adding test scores to high school GPA increases one’s predictive power, if at all, by 1 to 4 percentage points in a statistical model that predicts grades in college. At the University of Georgia, the SAT increased its explanatory punch by 1 percentage point; at De Paul University in Illinois, the ACT did the same. Are 1 to 4 points in a statistical model worth having? I argue no. Our best statistical models capture 31 percent of what predicts academic performance in college. That means nearly 70 percent of what matters to a young person’s college grades cannot be predicted by academic variables. College admissions remain more art than science. Fairness and merit are best served in a holistic review than in a numeric cutoff.Why should we impose a barrier that deters many, including high achievers from low-income families, from even applying to college? Why should we require a test that is biased against low-income youths, against women, Hispanics, and blacks? As noted in my “SAT Wars” book, math questions in the experimental parts of the SAT where women outperform men and verbal questions where black youths outperform white youths are eliminated from future versions of the test that count.A chapter of “SAT Wars,” that was written by Jay Rosner of the Princeton Review Foundation, documents this practice. He worked with data on two years of SAT questions, 276 in total. Rosner provides multiple examples of experimental questions on the SAT than black youths did relatively better than white youths and questions on which white youths did relatively better than black youths. Then he asks, how many of the questions that counted were white advantage questions or black advantage questions? “Each and every one of the 276 questions was white questions in this white/black comparison,” Rosner wrote. Life is unfair enough without the added inequalities imposed by a racist and sexist test.High school transcripts are where you will find hints about a student’s grit, ability, and accomplishment. SAT or ACT standardized test scores tell us nothing about creativity, community engagement or which students are striving to achieve meaningful lives. Look at how well admission based on rank in one’s local high school works in California and Texas. Both the University of Texas and the University of California admit all who graduate near the top 10 percent of their individual high school. They do so without harm to academic standards, and doing so opens doors to a better life for thousands of young people from low- and middle-income households.What those college entrance exam scores do reliably convey is the ability that a student’s family has to pay tuition fees and living costs. The SAT works better as a proxy for family income than it does as a predictor of college performance. Or, as I argue in a different book, “The Power of Privilege,” test score selection is the selection for bank accounts disguised as selection for brains.The test industry is about profits, not pedagogy. Standardized testing and test prep in America are worth in excess of $13 billion per year.The way I see it, testing is like a gold mine for the industry and like a penal factory for America’s youths. The energy, anxiety, effort, time and money spent on SAT or ACT tests for college admissions are wasted. The test industry takes time away from real learning, from literature, foreign languages, arts, and sciences. It is time to toss admissions tests. TAGStheconversation.com Previous articleCommunity Health Centers announces new Chief of PediatricsNext articleColumbus believed he would find ‘blemmyes’ and ‘sciapods’ – not people – in the New World Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR
ArchDaily Projects Houses Casa Delpin / FUSTER + Partners – ArchitectsSave this projectSaveCasa Delpin / FUSTER + Partners – Architects “COPY” Save this picture!+ 7 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/31267/casa-delpin-fuster-partners-architects Clipboard Puerto Rico “COPY” ” …a great deal of the history of Architecture can be understood as an intent to transform horizontal or diagonal light into light that will look vertical.” A. Campo Baeza Casa Delpín is the product of the renovation and addition to an existing single-family structure located on a small lot on the Miramar sector in San Juan. The existing structure was typical of many suburban houses in the metropolitan area with dark, hot, segregated interior spaces that negated any relationship between the interior and the exterior.Save this picture!The design objective was to create a spatially rich living experience and provide for a greater capacity for passive lighting and cooling, while also allowing for the use of mechanical cooling when needed. This is achieved through a variety of construction elements. The perforated glass reinforced concrete (GRC) panels (that mimic the patterns of the hydraulic concrete floor tiles designed for this house that also complement the preexisting tiles) help to redefine and reorient exterior public patios and interstitial spaces towards the interior. This strategy of absorbing the remnant exterior areas of the lot into the family’s living spaces allows the house to open up (both horizontally as well as vertically) while, at the same time, providing greater privacy. Additionally, the new materials and finishes attempt to dialogue with the existing ones while gaining their own expressive independence, at times through contrast but through parity as well. Save this picture!The main character of the addition is natural light, which vertically penetrates and diffuses throughout the house through deep cylindrical skylights and GRC “screens” to reflect on the exposed materials and watery surface of the pool. The spatially and temporally dramatic quality of the pool brings climatic focus (visual and sensorial) to both the dinning and living rooms that border it on two sides.Save this picture!Project gallerySee allShow lessORDOS 100 #44: Mass StudiesArticlesBluepoint Sales Pavilion / Paul Raff StudioArticles Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/31267/casa-delpin-fuster-partners-architects Clipboard CopyHouses•San Juan, Puerto Rico 2006 CopyAbout this officeFUSTER + ArchitectsOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesDabasSan JuanRefurbishmentHouses3D ModelingPuerto RicoPublished on August 12, 2009Cite: “Casa Delpin / FUSTER + Partners – Architects” 12 Aug 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021.
ArchDaily CopyHouses, Sustainability•Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/910200/planter-box-house-formzero Clipboard Year: Planter Box House / Formzero ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/910200/planter-box-house-formzero Clipboard “COPY” Photographs Houses Area: 340 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Architects: FORMZERO Area Area of this architecture project Manufacturers: Jotun, Feruni, Johnson Suisse, Wong Lighting, structure systemSave this picture!© Ameen DeenRecommended ProductsWindowsLibartVertical Retracting Doors & WindowsWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – AJ CollectionWindowsAccoyaAccoya® Windows and DoorsText description provided by the architects. Designed as a house for a retired couple who are passionate in growing foods, the plants filled Planter Box House appears less defined, as its appearance oscillates between garden, farm and house, anticipating for a redefinition of contemporary tropical house.Save this picture!© Ameen DeenSave this picture!PlansSave this picture!© Ameen DeenThe house with its cascading concrete planter boxes occupied with more than 40 types of edible plants on every floor, creates a strong visual contrast with the surrounding buildings. Its recessed frontage provides additional public spaces for inter-neighborhood interaction. Beyond the boundary, the first planter box is built around an existing jasmine tree. This planter serves an urban furniture, a connection between the couple and their neighbour. Save this picture!© Ameen DeenThe internal spaces are imbued with a strong sense of hospitality and the owner’s attitude towards tropical sustainable urban community living and farming. Upon opening the gate, one could experience the light and cross ventilation while also able to read the whole ground floor visually as there are only glass walls and window in between the front and the back. Separated by the living room and the central staircase of the house, the back of the building is celebrated with a double volume kitchen and dining area with full height glass window that could open outwards towards a green wall at the back.Save this picture!© Ameen DeenTaking inspiration from the vernacular tropical house, split bamboo produced by the indigenous people called Temuan from Negeri Sembilan is used as formwork for the concrete work of the planter boxes. While this bamboo texture signifies an abstract organic form of the house, it is also a sustainable solution to low maintenance finish that could age well with the rain and urban pollution. Save this picture!© Ameen DeenSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Ameen DeenThe Planter Box House is a physical representation of the owner’s lifestyle. It is also a knowledge platform in which the married couple constantly improvises the irrigation and planting system. Such custom made irrigation system is interconnected between the planter boxes that stores and recycles nutritious resources and rainwater within the land. It also allows full and precise manipulation of the planter box from the soil composition to the level of water being supplied to each individual planter box. Save this picture!© Ameen DeenThis project serves as a valuable opportunity and experience not only for the client to learn about farming in tropical setting, but also for the surrounding community. The life of the building is expected to be continually improved, developed and grows organically along with the married couple. Planter Box House / FormzeroSave this projectSavePlanter Box House / Formzero Projects Project gallerySee allShow lessG21 nail & Spa / Aline ArchitectSelected ProjectsDesigned for More than WorkArticles Share 2017 Photographs: Ameen Deen Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project “COPY” Save this picture!© Ameen Deen+ 26Curated by María Francisca González Share Malaysia CopyAbout this officeFORMZEROOfficeFollowProductsGlassSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSustainabilityKuala LumpurOn InstagramMalaysiaPublished on January 28, 2019Cite: “Planter Box House / Formzero” 28 Jan 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
31 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 6 November 2007 | News Packets of ‘Reindeer Food’ will be available for a suggested donation of £1 from 422 Post Offices across the UK from 12 November to raise money for Help the Hospices. The Royal Mail Group is in a three-year partnership with the charity which has already raised over £1.3 million.Each pack contains a mix of oats and sparkly crystals. The initiative is expected to raise tens of thousands of pounds. Nick Gittens, head of corporate social responsibility at Post Office Ltd, said: “The thinking behind the Reindeer Food is to build on the Christmas tradition of leaving treats outside for Santa’s Reindeer and to attract into the hospice movement some of the millions of pounds that people in the UK spend on novelty items at this time of year”. Advertisement Previous fundraising initiatives in the partnership between Royal Mail Group and Help the Hospices have included the sale of cause-related marketing items such as Christmas angels and specially designed Post Office® ants badges, and the publication of ‘Unseen UK’, a collection of photographs taken by postmen and women throughout the country. Postal staff nationwide have linked up with their local hospices to organise fundraising activities and volunteer their free time and there has been “an exceptionally high level” of payroll giving, leading to Royal Mail Group’s payroll giving scheme winning awards at the Institute of Fundraising’s National Payroll Giving Awards and Pay Magazine’s Pay Awards.Last year retailer Argos raised £100,000 in three weeks for Help the Hospices through sales of packets of “reindeer food”. Post Offices sell Reindeer Food for Help the Hospices Tagged with: corporate Trading
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Howard Lake | 29 January 2021 | News Tagged with: Funding The Road Safety Trust is the largest road safety grant giver in the UK and funds vital research and practical interventions committed to reducing the number of people killed or injured on UK roads. Since it was established in 2014, the Road Safety Trust has awarded grants worth £3.7m to 49 different projects. The Trust’s Sally Lines said: “We hope this grant scheme will result in high quality applications that really explore the use of technology to improve road safety. This will in turn help us work towards our vision of zero deaths and serious injuries on UK roads.She added: “We are committed to supporting projects that are innovative, with the potential to be seen through to practical implementation and that will enhance the knowledge and practice of the road safety community. This funding round is for projects with a focus on vehicle or infrastructure technology or new technological applications or tools.Urging potential applicants to review the trust’s eligibility criteria, she concluded: “Applications should address a specific road safety problem and explain why it has been chosen. Vehicle-based system applications should show awareness of current and future plans in vehicle regulation.”Applications to the main theme programme will be open from 25 February 2021 until 19 April 2021. Funding offered for technology-focused road safety projects About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. The Road Safety Trust is inviting applications for funding for technology-focussed road safety projects. The charity has a vision of zero deaths and serious injuries on UK roads.Grants of between £25,000 and £200,000 are invited from public and private organisations, registered charities and not for profits from across the UK. Grants are available for projects lasting up to three years that explore how technology can reduce road offending and improve road safety. Applications open on 25th February.SEE ALSO: Funding round-up for January 2021 161 total views, 3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Advertisement
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Previous articleNew Music: Post Punk Podge & The TechnohippiesNext articleListen: The Last Post with Andrew Carey February 02, 2019 Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Print Background photo created by jcomp – www.freepik.comA SINISTER new Snapchat group, who upload videos of its members beating up unsuspecting teenagers, has been uncovered in Limerick.Gardaí are investigating the group after Meelick school teacher and local councillor Cathal Crowe (FF) was contacted by distressed parents.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “I joined the group to see what was going on and I was appalled. There are videos of one-on-one fights between teenagers in Limerick school uniforms. That’s bad enough but the really horrible videos are ones where innocent teenagers are attacked and viciously beaten.“The worst one I saw was a child of about 12 engrossed in a PlayStation game when another boy came from behind and started punching him. Then when he slumped down in the chair, he was repeatedly kicked in the head.Cllr Cathal CroweMany of the participants are wearing LImerick school uniforms and some are wearing uniforms of schools in South Clare.Landmarks including shops and Thomond Park, identify the group as being from the locality.“These are vicious attacks and the blows I’ve see I would describe as knock-out blows. In every case where someone is punched they end up on the ground”.Cllr Crowe said that, apart from the physical hurt these attacks cause, “there is the shame and humiliation for the victim of having it posted on social media and it being seen by hundreds of their peers because there are several hundred in this group.The ones I have seen on-screen are aged between about 12 and 15.Some of the unprovoked attacks happen as teens are coming out of youth clubs and discos.Cllr Crowe was himself the victim of an unprovoked attack in the city in his first year in college, he told the Limerick Post.“I had to lick my physical wounds after that and it was terrible but I can’t imagine how I would feel if the whole thing had been filmed and put on social media. As a teacher and a parent, I’m very concerned about the psychological effects of that”.Cllr Crowe confirmed that he made an official complaint to the Gardaí.“I was told that a number of parents have also made complaints and the Gardaí are investigating. Most of the people who feature in these videos make no effort at all to hide their identities. One of their victims was a lad I know”.He said hat while the page could be closed down and the group disbanded, this is not the answer to the problem.“It would be easy to set another page up under another name. We need legislation to control this kind of activity and that’s what I’ll be pushing for,” he declared.The Limerick Post is withholding the name of the group so as not to promote further violence. Facebook Twitter NewsCommunityCrime & CourtPoliticsSocial media fuels vicious attacks on young teensBy Bernie English – January 31, 2019 821 WhatsApp Linkedin Advertisement Email
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