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News story: Moderation of teacher assessments

first_img Securing consistent judgements in non-examined assessments is challenging. Our research shows that a range of different approaches are taken internationally to address this question. The approach to moderation taken in the UK, both in secondary qualifications and in statutory primary assessment, is similar to approaches taken in many other countries. Our key stage 2 research discusses some of the particular challenges in using moderation to secure consistency and sets out what the Standards and Testing Agency is doing to address these. We will continue to monitor this area. Ofqual has today (29 March 2018) published two pieces of research related to the moderation of teacher assessments.The first is an international literature review of secondary assessments in 23 English-speaking jurisdictions, including in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, Singapore and South Africa. The review finds that a range of different approaches are taken to moderation, providing a variety of levels of assurance in relation to the complex question of how to secure the consistency of teacher judgements.The second is an observational study of local authority moderation of key stage 2 writing assessments in 2017. It identifies factors that may have affected the consistency of moderation in 2017 and sets out the steps being taken by the Standards and Testing Agency to address these factors.Dr Michelle Meadows, Deputy Chief Regulator, said:last_img read more

Jerry Garcia’s First Known Studio Recording From 1962 Will Soon Be Released

first_imgWe know that Jerry Garcia devoted his life to music, but fans mostly know his work with the Grateful Dead. Garcia was something of a folk music legend in the Bay Area through the early 60’s – something that Bob Weir discusses in the recent documentary The Other One. Now, we’ll get our first look into that era of Garcia’s career.Today, Round Records/ATO Records have announced a brand new release of a 1962 studio session by a group called the Hart Valley Drifters. The session features a 20-year-old Jerry Garcia, as well as Robert Hunter on bass, David Nelson on guitar, Ken Frankel on banjo, fiddle and guitar and Norm Van Maastricht on dobro. Amazingly, the sessions were found in the closet of producer Ted Claire in 2008, and are just now being released for the first time.The full album features a number of traditional folk numbers and classic covers, including “Cripple Creek,” “Roving Gambler,” “Pig In A Pen,” and so many more. Titled Folk Time, the new album will be released officially on November 11th. You can find pre-orders here.Check out the first song to be released from the album, “Roving Gambler,” which premiered on Relix today.Hill Valley Gamblers – Folk Time Tracklisting1. Band Introductions2. “Roving Gambler”(Traditional)3. “Ground Speed”(Earl Scruggs)4. “Pig In A Pen”(Fiddlin’ Arthur Smith [traditional] arr. by J. Garcia)5. “Standing In The Need Of Prayer”(Traditional)6. “Flint Hill Special”(Earl Scruggs)7. “Nine Pound Hammer”(Traditional)8. “Handsome Molly”(G.B. Grayson/Henry Whitter)9. “Clinch Mountain Backstep”(Ralph Stanley/Ruby Rakes)10. “Think of What You’ve Done”(Carter Stanley)11. “Cripple Creek”(Traditional)12. “All The Good Times Have Past And Gone”(Traditional)13. “Billy Grimes, The Rover”(Traditional)14. “Paddy On The Turnpike (Boys, My Money’s All Gone)”(Traditional)15. “Run Mountain”(J.E. Mainer)16. “Sugar Baby”(Moran Dock Boggs)17. “Sitting On Top Of The World”(Walter Jacobs Vinson/Lonnie Carter)last_img read more

Ruthless! The Musical to Close Off-Broadway

first_img Ruthless! The Musical Related Shows The off-Broadway revival of Ruthless! The Musical will end its 14-month run on September 10 at St. Luke’s Theatre. A national tour is planned for November; the original cast recording, produced by Robert Sher, is set for release this fall.Ruthless!, a musical sendup of child stars and overbearing adults, features direction, book and lyrics by Joel Paley, with music by Marvin Laird.The cast currently includes Kim Maresca, Paul Pecorino, Tori Murray, Rita McKenzie, Andrea McCullough and Tracy Jai Edwards.Broadway.com customers with tickets to canceled performances will be contacted with information on refunds or exchanges. ‘Ruthless’center_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 10, 2016last_img read more

Dutta Honored

first_imgBhabesh Dutta, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension vegetable plant pathologist, has been named to the first class of Fruit + Vegetable 40 Under 40 Award winners.Great American Media Services, publishers of Fruit Growers News and Vegetable Growers News, give the awards to outstanding young professionals in the nation’s fruit and vegetable industry who demonstrate excellent commitments to making their marks through innovation and leadership. Dutta will be honored at the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO on Dec. 4 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.“This recognition means a lot to me, moreso to my vegetable Extension and research program. I consider this achievement a collective effort of my team of field and lab personnel, county Extension agents, industry cooperators, and my collaborators from UGA and other institutions,” said Dutta, who also serves as an assistant professor of plant pathology in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.In just a short time working on the UGA Tifton campus, Dutta has been part of several research projects that have impacted Georgia vegetable producers. By demonstrating that growth-stage-based, targeted, protective copper applications can reduce the number of sprays in a season, Dutta and county Extension agents who focus on the onion industry helped Georgia onion farmers improve their management of center rot in onions. They recommended management practices with the potential to save growers $350 per acre.Dutta has also been instrumental in providing watermelon growers with management options for Fusarium wilt disease. The collaborative team of county Extension agents and UGA scientists, including Dutta, investigated strategies that involved methyl bromide alternatives and fungicides. They found that preplant applications of chloropicrin and three bimonthly applications of prothioconazole could significantly reduce cases of Fusarium wilt.“Through the new strategy developed in this project, sustainable watermelon production will be established, which our growers will readily accept,” Dutta said.Dutta, along with Cliff Riner, UGA Vidalia Onion and Vegetable Research Center coordinator, led a research project to improve management of botrytis leaf blight in onions through early- and late-season fungicide spraying. In a multiyear study, the team demonstrated that early-season Fontelis applications improve the effectiveness of late-season fungicide treatments. This current recommendation has the potential to increase growers’ profits by as much as $1,000 per acre.“Based on a recent survey with the county agents, the adoption rate of this recommendation in 2018 is 40 percent. In upcoming years, it is expected to be widely adopted by our onion growers,” Dutta said.A native of Kolkata, India, Dutta earned his bachelor’s degree from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University. He earned his doctoral degree in 2011 from UGA, where he studied under UGA plant pathologist Ron Walcott. Dutta joined UGA researchers Ron Gitaitis and David Langston’s vegetable pathology program in 2012, where he researched bacterial diseases of vegetable crops.last_img read more

Billy Joel to Play Monthly Shows at Madison Square Garden

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Billy Joel performing in Jacksonville, Fla. in 2007.The Piano Man is going to be in a permanent New York State of Mind.Billy Joel announced Tuesday that he will be performing monthly concerts at the newly renovated Madison Square Garden starting in January for as long as there is demand.“Playing The Garden is an experience that never gets old,” the singer/songwriter from Long Island told reporters during a news conference while reminiscing about first stepping on stage there 35 years ago. “If you have a great audience you usually have a better show.”The partnership with the venue, dubbed Billy Joel at The Garden, was termed MSG’s fourth franchise after the New York Knicks, Rangers and Liberty professional sports teams.Joel, who performed a total of 46 shows at MSG, including a run of 12 in 2006, recently played a surprise charity concert at The Paramount in Huntington before he announced he’ll play The Barclays Center in Brooklyn on New Year’s Eve.He had previously announced four upcoming dates at MSG: Jan. 27, Feb. 3, March 21 and April 18. MSG officials said Tuesday that he’ll also perform at the venue on May 9, his 65th birthday, with future monthly performance dates to be announced.“Billy, having you as our music franchise feels a little bit like having the pope as your parish priest,” said James Dolan, executive chairman of The Madison Square Garden Company and CEO of Cablevision Systems Corp. “We look forward to so many unforgettable nights next year and beyond.”Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who was also on hand for the announcement, noted that Joel—best known for hits such as “The Ballad of Billy the Kid,” “Only the Good Die Young” and “Movin’ Out,” which was turned into a Broadway musical—will be honored by President Obama this weekend at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.“Billy tells the New York story because Billy is the New York story,” Cuomo said. “Billy Joel is truly one of New York State’s great treasurers.”Ticket prices range from $64 to $124, according to the Ticketmaster website.last_img read more

Curtail free checking? That’s a curious decision

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » In light of the continued and rightful focus on the paycheck-to-paycheck demographic, Bank of America’s January move to curtail its free checking offers becomes even more curious.To be fair, headlines claiming BOA eliminated free checking are overstated. Free checking remains available for students under age 24 and account holders with a monthly direct deposit of at least $250 (or $3,000 in aggregate for the year).Regardless of the fine print, the optics are terrible—and gift-wrap a credit union marketing angle.At the same time as moving these low-end consumers into a maintenance fee status, BOA took the opportunity to hike that monthly fee from $8.95 to $12.last_img read more

Bradford County school district sees positive case of virus, closes school

first_imgThe positive case led to the closure of the school Monday. Officials say the closure allows for custodial staff to sanitize the the school. Additionally, the district says it is working with the county health department. (WBNG/WENY) — The Towanda Area School District in Bradford County, Pa. has confirmed a positive case of COVID-19.center_img Twelve-month staff will report to work. However, all extra curricular actives have been canceled Monday as well.last_img

US military switching to new smallpox vaccine

first_img FDA questions and answers on ACAM2000http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/QuestionsaboutVaccines/ucm078041.htm Both ACAM2000 and Dryvax use live vaccinia virus, a close relative of smallpox. The new vaccine is derived from Dryvax, which was used in the global smallpox eradication program. The newer vaccine is grown in lab cultures of African green monkey kidney (Vero) cells, according to a DoD comparison chart. The Department of Defense (DoD) announced last week that it was beginning the change from Dryvax, made by Wyeth, to ACAM2000, which is made by Acambis and was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last August. The ACAM2000 doses will come from the Strategic National Stockpile of medical supplies, according to DoD. When the FDA approved the vaccine, Acambis reported it had already shipped 192.5 million doses to the Department of Health and Human Services for the stockpile. One difference between the new and old vaccines is in how they are administered. The “scarification” technique used for both vaccines involves multiple pricks with a bifurcated needle. For a first-time vaccination, ACAM2000 requires 15 jabs, versus only three jabs for Dryvax, according to DoD literature. (For those who have been vaccinated before, 15 jabs are recommended with both vaccines.) Smallpox was eradicated in the 1970s; the vaccination program is predicated on the fear that terrorists could get their hands on smallpox virus stocks left over from the Soviet Union’s biological weapons program or from other sources. Known stockpiles of the virus are stored for research in one lab in the United States and one in Russia. Feb 8, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – After vaccinating more than a million personnel with the old-fashioned type of smallpox vaccine grown on the skin of calves, the US military is about to switch to a second-generation vaccine that’s grown in laboratory cell cultures. When the FDA approved ACAM2000 last year, Jesse L. Goodman. MD, MPH, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said, “The vaccine is manufactured using modern cell culture technology allowing rapid and large-scale production of a vaccine with consistent product quality.” Subsequently, Wyeth announced plans to withdraw Dryvax from licensure, according to the DoD memo. Another difference is that ACAM2000 has a shorter shelf life after it is reconstituted by mixing with a special solution—30 days versus 90 days. “Therefore clinics must be diligent in utilization to minimize vaccine loss,” says the memo from Loftus. Editor’s note: This story was revised Feb 11 to include some additional information provided by the Department of Defense. DoD memo about transition to ACAM2000 Conducting a postmarketing controlled cohort study in a military population Sep 4, 2007, CIDRAP News story “FDA approves Acambis smallpox vaccine” Conducting an enhanced surveillance program for symptomatic cases of myocarditis and pericardits in vaccinees See also: Inflammation of the heart muscle and lining (myopericarditis) occurs in about 1 in 175 first-time smallpox vaccine recipients, according to the FDA. A DoD safety summary says 140 cases had occurred in the military vaccination program as of last May. Smallpox vaccination can also cause several other serious adverse reactions in rare cases, including localized or systemic spread of the vaccinia virus (eczema vaccinatum) and encephalitis. In six clinical studies, ACAM2000 and Dryvax were found to have comparable safety profiles, according to DoD. The most common side effects of ACAM2000 are itching, swollen lymph nodes, sore arm, fever, headache, body aches, mild rash, and fatigue. There was no significant difference in the rate of serious adverse events. http://www.smallpox.mil/documents/1133Transition_to_ACAM2000_policy.pdf As a condition of licensing ACAM2000, the FDA said every person getting vaccinated must receive a medication guide developed by Acambis. ACAM2000 is the first vaccine to have such a requirement. Air Force Maj. Gen. Thomas J. Loftus announced the change in a Jan 31 memo. “All Dryvax vials will expire on 29 February 2008 and logistics personnel will be required to destroy all unused vaccine,” he wrote. DoD began administering the new vaccine on Feb 1, according to Cynthia Smith, a DoD spokeswoman in Washington. DoD’s ACAM2000 sitehttp://www.smallpox.mil/education/acam2000.asp Examining how effectively DoD follows its own procedures for identifying people who may be at risk for serious adverse reactions to the vaccine Establishing a myocarditis registry Vaccine comparison charthttp://www.smallpox.mil/documents/1126DRYVAX_ACAM2000_comparison.pdf Smith said DoD will continue its ongoing surveillance for adverse reactions in those who receive smallpox shots. In addition, the FDA is requiring Acambis to take several specific steps to monitor the vaccine’s safety, she said. These include: Since late 2002, DoD has vaccinated more than 1.4 million military and contractor personnel, Smith told CIDRAP News. The shots are mostly for people bound for areas where smallpox attacks are deemed possible—mainly the Middle East. Currently the department gives about 15,000 smallpox vaccinations per month, Smith reported. 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Governor Wolf Announces Next Step in Port of Philadelphia Development

first_img January 20, 2016 Governor Wolf Announces Next Step in Port of Philadelphia Development Infrastructure,  Port Development,  Press Release Philadelphia, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA) has developed a shortlist of potential developers for the Southport Marine Terminal Complex at the Port of Philadelphia. This achievement marks a major milestone in the governor’s strategic plan for sustained management, maintenance, and development of the Port of Philadelphia.“This announcement represents a vital step in our plan to ensure a timely and responsible development of the Southport Marine Terminal,” Governor Wolf said. “My administration is committed to working with the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority to invest in our infrastructure, bring key jobs to the region, and keep Pennsylvania’s economy competitive on a global scale.”Governor Wolf said development of the Southport Terminal is one of his main goals for the Port of Philadelphia. The 196-acre riverfront property is owned by PRPA, located immediately west of the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal. It currently remains idle and undeveloped, but the goal is to enable the market-driven development of Southport Terminal in 2017, creating up to 3,700 new jobs.Last fall, as part of Governor Wolf’s strategic plan, PRPA launched a two-phased process to procure one or more developers to design, build, finance, operate and maintain commercial and industrial facilities at the three sites that comprise the Southport Marine Terminal Complex: the 119-acre Southport Marine Terminal (Site 1); the 75-acre Southport West Terminal (Site 2); and Pier 124 North Berth (Site 3).The first phase of procurement began in September 2015 with the release of a Request for Qualifications (RFQ). Following an evaluation of the respondents’ conceptual development plans and technical and financial qualifications, PRPA’s Board of Directors unanimously voted to shortlist 4 teams to bid on Site 1 and 5 teams to bid on Site 2.“Selecting these shortlists marks the latest exciting development in this project, and clearly illustrates the commitment of PRPA’s board, staff, and advisors to get this project done,” said PRPA chairman Jerry Sweeney. “Between this commitment, and the quality of the respondents and their innovative solutions, Southport is no longer a distant project on the horizon. It’s something that’s going to happen soon, to the great benefit of Philadelphia’s working waterfront and our regional economy.”The shortlisted respondents for the Southport Marine Terminal (Site 1) are:• CenterPoint Properties Trust• Liberty Consortium• Philadelphia Energy Solutions, LLC• Southport Development PartnersThe shortlisted respondents for the Southport West Terminal (Site 2) are:• CenterPoint Properties Trust• Liberty Property Trust• Philadelphia Energy Solutions, LLC• Southport Development Partners• USD Group, LLCThe second phase of the procurement, the Request for Proposals (RFP) phase, will occur within the coming weeks. The next steps for the project include stakeholder and industry outreach meetings, preliminary meetings with the shortlisted respondents and release of the RFP, which will include proposal requirements and terms and conditions for project development. The submission of proposals is anticipated in summer 2016, with developer selection to follow thereafter, and construction is anticipated to begin in 2017.In addition to establishing a timeline for the development of the Southport site, Governor Wolf has previously announced further steps his administration is taking to ensure long-term stability and growth at the Port of Philadelphia.• Governor Wolf has named seven new board members to the Philadelphia Port Authority, including Chairman Sweeney. He has launched a national search for a new executive director with a proven track record of successful port development.• Governor Wolf is creating an advisory committee of stakeholders to provide input on the future of the port. It will include stakeholders from industry, labor, local and state government to drive a unified vision for the port.• Governor Wolf is leading the strategic development of the port. He has directed PennDOT to conduct a study to determine the best use/economic feasibility of the port:The commonwealth has a proven track record of investments at the Port of Philadelphia, including $25 million per year on maintenance alone. Since 2010, Pennsylvania has delegated a total of over $300 million to the Port.The Port of Philadelphia has sustained substantial growth over the past five years with container cargo leading the way. Also the Port is strong in non-containerized cargoes, such as fruits, vegetables, cocoa beans, forest products and aggregates. It has considerable refrigerated and freezer warehousing space as close as 90 feet from the dock, allowing for handling of temperature-sensitive cargoes.The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA) is an independent agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania charged with the management, maintenance, marketing, and promotion of publicly-owned port facilities along the Delaware River in Philadelphia, as well as strategic planning throughout the port district. PRPA works with its terminal operators to modernize, expand, and improve it facilities, and to market those facilities to prospective port users. Port cargoes and the activities they generate are responsible for thousands of direct and indirect jobs in the Philadelphia area and throughout Pennsylvania.For more information on PRPA and the Southport Project, please visit: http://www.philaport.com/SouthportRFQ.html# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more