McNamara Supports Bill Decoupling Teacher Performance From Test Scores

first_imgPosted by: Adam Kern  | Tuesday, January 14, 2020The Indiana House of Representatives voted unanimously in support of a measure co-authored by State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) that would decouple teacher performance evaluations from student test scores.McNamara, the director of Early College High School of Evansville, said House Bill 1002 would remove a state mandate for school districts to use students’ standardized test scores to assess teachers’ overall performance. She said local schools could determine how to use those exam results in educators’ annual evaluations.“There are more ways to measure success in the classroom than students’ standardized test scores,” McNamara said. “This legislation will help our teachers continue to focus on educating our students without worrying about the results from one high-pressure test.”She said these standardized exams currently make up significant portions of teachers’ annual evaluations, which determine where an educator falls on the highly effective to ineffective scale and influences teacher pay.“Hoosier teachers and schools have my support,” McNamara said. “I am in favor of school districts determining the performance of their educators, as they are best positioned to evaluate their work.”House Bill 1002 now moves to the Indiana Senate for further consideration. Visit for more information about this legislation.FOOTNOTE: State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) represents House District 76, which includes portions of Posey and Vanderburgh counties. McNamara Supports Bill Decoupling Teacher Performance From Test Scores FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


Cricket News Vijay Shankar makes ODI debut in Melbourne, aims for redemption

first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Vijay Shankar made T20 debut in Nidahas Trophy tri-seriesShankar was consistent with the bat for India A during New Zealand tourShankar replaced Mohammed Siraj in the side In the high-voltage final against Bangladesh, Shankar finally got an opportunity to show his skills with the bat. After conceding 48 runs in four overs, the pressure was on him to deliver. The Tamil Nadu right-hander struggled for 15 balls making 12 and India needed 34 off 12 balls. Dinesh Karthik blasted 22 runs in the 19th over bowled by Rubel Hossain and India needed 12 runs in the final over. Shankar managed to get a crucial boundary but he departed for 17 off 19 balls and India needed five runs off the last ball. Karthik sealed the deal in style by hammering a six off the last ball and sealing the title for India in grand style.“My parents and close friends didn’t say anything as they knew what I was going through. But I get these text messages like ‘don’t worry about what’s being said on social media’, when I want to move on. They perhaps think that’s the way to show sympathy but it may not work,” Shankar told PTI after he was criticised for his knock.In the series against New Zealand A, Shankar impressed with his performances, hitting 62 and 71 in the two First-Class games in Mount Maunganui and Whangerei. In the three List A games, Shankar’s scores of 71, 59 and 42 in addition to solid performances with the ball, kept him on the selection radar. In the Ranji Trophy, Shankar hit 71 and 51 * against Punjab in Mohali and hit another solid 56 against Punjab in Dharamsala.With this opportunity, Shankar would be hoping to avoid the pain of 2016 and put in a solid performance in what will be a crucial year for Indian cricket. New Delhi: Vijay Shankar, the Tamil Nadu all-rounder was handed a debut in the do-or-die clash against Australia in Melbourne. Virat Kohli’s side made three changes for this important clash. With Shankar replacing Mohammed Siraj who had conceded 76 runs and failed to take a wicket in Adelaide, Kedar Jadhav replaced Ambati Rayudu while Yuzvendra Chahal replaced Kuldeep Yadav. For Shankar, this is a chance for him to capitalise and stake a place in the squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 as the team’s bowling all-rounder in place of Hardik Pandya, who has been suspended for his ‘outrageous’ comments on the show Koffee With Karan.For Shankar, it was redemption for two reasons. In 2016, Shankar, who was part of the India A squad for the four-day and List A games against Australia but he suffered a knee injury and was ruled out of the tour. Pandya replaced him and he was fast-tracked into the Indian cricket team. As Pandya made good strides in the national team, Shankar was forced to toil in the domestic circuit. In 2018, Shankar was included in the Indian side for the Nidahas Trophy Twenty20 tri-series involving Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. He did not get a chance to bat in the four matches but he managed win a Man of the Match award in one game.last_img read more


Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith ‘pissed’ about overturned Clemson fumble, Buckeyes score

first_imgThat would have given the Buckeyes a 23-21 lead — and perhaps the win — but SEC officials overturned the call on the field, ruling Ross never had complete control of the ball. Here’s another look at the Ross fumble🤷‍♂️— Sporting News (@sportingnews) December 29, 2019The Buckeyes took a 23-21 lead in the fourth quarter by way of a 23-yard touchdown connection between Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields and receiver Chris Olave, but Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence threw the game-winning score to Travis Etienne with 1:49 remaining.Smith is a former member of the College Football Playoff committee. The College Football Playoff semifinal between Ohio State and Clemson featured more than a few questionable calls, but Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith was especially angry with one of them.In a text to Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel, Smith let loose on an overturned fumble return for a touchdown in the second half of the Buckeyes’ 29-23 loss — one that could have completely changed the outcome. Just got a text from Ohio State AD Gene Smith: “Terry McAulay is 100-percent correct!!! Unreal!!” He added: “Feel free to share how pissed I am.”— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) December 29, 2019MORE: Social media reacts to call that reversed Clemson fumble, OSU touchdownClemson’s Justyn Ross appeared to fumble after catching a pass and taking several steps. Ohio State defensive back Jordan Fuller recovered said fumble and returned it for a go-ahead touchdown with 4:45 left in the third quarter.last_img read more