For many generations, the Presidential Fitness Test was a ritual for many students. Comprised of a mile run, sit-ups, and pull-ups, students would compete in gym class to finish the tasks. NPR’s Education Team takes a look at the origins of the test, and what type of fitness tests current students have to complete.
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Earlier this year, the funding formula for Ohio’s community colleges and four-year institutions changed.
Now, schools earn state money based on how many students graduate. In the past, funds were distributed based on campuses’ enrollment size.
The shift has caused campuses to respond by figuring out ways to retain current students or reach out to those who may have left before graduation.
But aside from those concentrated efforts, a report released earlier this month points out Ohio’s shift to performance based funding has also brought along also some new, unintended changes.
There’s lots of early indicators experts point to as flags for a student’s success in college, including things like a supportive home life, good grades in high school, and a resume full of extracurriculars. And a new study from the University of Chicago points to an even earlier indicator of success—a student’s grades and attendance record in middle school . The study finds that junior high students with a 3.0 GPA or higher have a good chance of continuing to earn those same grades in high school, and then later on in higher education.
After a report detailing alleged sexual assault at a campus fraternity house was published in Rolling Stone, the University of Virginia has placed all campus fraternities on hold. The victim profiled in the piece said she felt pressure not to report the assault, NBC News reports. University president Teresa Sullivan called the case “appalling,” adding that change to the university is imminent. This is the second recent high-profile Greek Life case. Earlier this month, West Virginia University placed all Greek Life organizations on hold after a freshmen student died two days following being found unconscious at a fraternity property.
Logan County’s Riverside Local School District is beginning to think about placing guns in district buildings. The Dayton Daily News reports the district is considering the measure in case of an active shooter situation. District superintendent Scott Mann said the move could potentially discourage threats. Staff members would have extensive training, Mann told the paper, adding that he’s against teachers having guns in classrooms.
Over the past 10 years, Cuyahoga County has lost 12,000 students, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group. Several factors have contributed to the deficit—a decline in birth rates, a lack of new construction, and older residents reaming in their homes, NEOMG says.
For many teenagers, using social media can be as second nature as breathing—which could be troublesome when it comes time for college applications. But as the New York Times reports, more college admissions officers are seeing a decrease in online posts that may hurt a student’s shot at admission.
“Students are more aware that any impression they leave on social media is leaving a digital fingerprint,” Kaplan’s vice president for college admissions Seppy Basili told the paper. “My hunch is that students are not publicly chronicling their lives through social media in the same way.”
Two Ohio school superintendents were among 100 others from around the country who visited the White House Wednesday.
They were invited by President Obama for their efforts to introduce technology in the classroom. The president asked them to spread the word of online learning.
Mentor school superintendent Matt Miller and Reynoldsburg superintendent Tina Thomas-Manning joined 98 other local education leaders at the White House to participate in the President’s Connect-Ed initiative.
Taking part in a panel discussion with other state leaders at the Republican Governors Association conference in Florida, the Northeast Ohio Media Group reports Gov. John Kasich reiterated his support for the Common Core yesterday.
“I don’t see somehow that this is a ‘ObamaCore’ or some other kind of thing that I hear,” Kasich said, according to NEOMG. “I have looked at it carefully. If the federal government starts meddling in this, if you start trying to do all this education policy out of Washington, I’m not for that. But as long as local school boards and parents are involved in writing the curriculum to reach a higher standard, particularly in math and science … that makes a lot of sense.”
After a four-month long review, former Ohio Attorney General Betty Montgomery has released her findings into the Ohio State University Marching Band. The university asked Montgomery to investigate the culture of the band in the wake of the firing of director Jon Waters. And as our partners at WOSU report, Montgomery found additional examples of inappropriate behavior and poor university oversight of the band.