The Link: Ovarian Cancer

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This September newsletter marks the proposed designation from the White House as Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.  This House simple resolution (noted as H. Res. 301) was introduced back in 2012 President Obama. As of July 16, 2013, it is now awaiting congressional committee for approval before it is submitted to the House of Representatives.

Additional information about the tracking of this bill can be found on the link below:

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hres301

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Signs and Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer

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Signs and Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer (find it on the ipl2)

The Signs and Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer can be undetected in women and thus display a silent or whisper effect of battling this disease before it progresses to a dangerous level.  These symptoms shown in the image above are indicators that women should immediately go to their gynecologist for a proper examination.

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NEW! 5 Ovarian Cancer Warning Signs, Pt 1

http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/5-ovarian-cancer-warning-signs-pt-1

Television Talk Show Host and Cardiac Surgeon, Dr. Mehmet Cengiz Oz, also known as “Dr. Oz,” provides sources on his website regarding Ovarian Cancer.  He provides a video on the five warning signs of this disease along with a tip sheet to the symptoms mentioned previously along with recognizing a person’s family history of Ovarian Cancer as well.  Check out the link below to review

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Just Diagnosed? (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.ovariancancer.org/just-diagnosed/

This website gives information for women who have just been diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer.   On this website are resources that can be used for the following: (1) education and information, (2) finding a doctor, (3) support for patient, caregivers and family, (4) genetics testing and research, (5) financial and legal support, (6) clinical trials and, (7) end of life care.   Additionally, this source also contains a link to an ovarian cancer quiz, which can be helpful for women to determine if their symptoms are leaning towards a potential positive diagnosis of this disease.

Ovarian Cancer Quiz

http://www.ovariancancer.org/quiz/

Stages of Ovarian Cancer

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What you need to know about Ovarian Cancer (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/wyntk/ovary/page3

This National Cancer Institute booklet gives information about Ovarian Cancer.  The section on understanding cancer outlines the process or stages that your body goes through when cancer cells grow.  Here you will also find information about benign and malignant tumors, benign and malignant cysts and the way “ovarian cancer can invade, shed, or spread to other organs.

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How is Ovarian Cancer Staged? (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/ovariancancer/detailedguide/ovarian-cancer-staging

This resource gives a comprehensive look at the stages of ovarian cancer.  It explains what staging is and why it is so important.  It also explains the AJCC/TNM system which “describes the extent of the primary tumor (T), the absence or presence of metastasis to nearby lymph nodes (N), and the absence or presence of distant metastasis (M).”

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Types and Stages of Ovarian Cancer (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.ovarian.org/types_and_stages.php

Ovarian.org is dedicated to empower people through educating them about ovarian cancer.  This section of the site outlines the different types of ovarian cancer and the stages of the disease.  It also provides information about the three most common cell types where cancerous ovarian tumors can begin.

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Treatment (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.ovariancancer.org/about-ovarian-cancer/treatment/

This section of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance gives information about “navigating and understanding treatment options are critical for an ovarian cancer patient’s survival.”  It details what you can expect during different stages of treatment, as well as the various treatment options available to someone with ovarian cancer.

Ovarian Cancer Survival Rate

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What is the Survival Rate for Ovarian Cancer? (find it on the ipl2)

Ovarian Cancer causes more deaths in women, than any other type of cancer affecting the reproductive system. In the United States, it is mandatory for doctors to report any diagnosis of cancer to the state registry board. The survival rate of Ovarian Cancer is determined by various different factors. Let’s explore them!

Check out the American Cancer Society, to learn more about Ovarian Cancer here: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/ovariancancer/detailedguide/ovarian-cancer-survival-rates

Statistics

The Ovarian Cancer survival rates are in lower numbers, than other cancers that affect women.

-       There is a five-year survival rate that is 44 percent, and varies depending on an individual’s stage of diagnosis.

-       Ovarian Cancer victims have a higher chance of surviving, if they are diagnosed at an early stage.

-       In 2013, the American Cancer Society predicted about 22,240 new cases of Ovarian Cancer will be diagnosed and 14,030 women will die from it.

-       The American Cancer Society reported in 2013, 93% of women diagnosed in early stages, survive five years.

 

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Check out the Ovarian Cancer website for more details and information here:

http://www.ovariancancer.org/about-ovarian-cancer/statistics/

 

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If you have any questions or concerns about Ovarian Cancer, please contact your Physician or visit/call the Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s website here:

http://www.cancercenter.com/about-us/contact-us/

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In the News: Back to School 2013

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It’s that time of year again…Time to prepare for going back to school.  Families all over the country are beginning to get their children ready to return to school.  For some this may mean packing their children up and moving them into their first college dorm, while for others this may mean shopping for back to school clothing and supplies.  The resources below provide a look at Back to School Shopping, health, and Common Core and how this is effecting  families all over the country.

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Back to School Countdown (find it on the ipl2)

http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/learning/back_school.html#cat169

This resource provides valuable information about heading back to school.  Whether you have a child heading back to an elementary or middle school you can find links to information about how to help your child deal with first day jitters, helping with homework, after school snacks and getting involved at school.  There are also many kid friendly links providing a lot of wonderful insights and back to school tips!

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5 Ways to Save on Back to School Shopping (find it on the ipl2)

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/BacktoSchool/ways-save-back-school-shopping/story?id=14329474

“School is starting soon, and you know it costs money for children to be prepared with books, clothes, supplies and the just the right backpack.”  This resource provides 5 great tips on how to save money when you do your back to school shopping.  Read on and SAVE!

 

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Tax Breaks for Back to School Shoppers (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nightly-news/52672847#52672847

This video resource provides insightful information about the tax breaks being offered to back to school shoppers.  “Back to school shopping is the second biggest retail event behind Christmas sales, and a growing number of states are offering a sales-tax break on school supplies as an incentive to spend. NBC’s Rehema Ellis reports.”

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Back to School Health Check List (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.education.com/magazine/article/Back_to_School_Health/

This site provides information about making a healthy start back to school.  This resource covers immunizations, reducing anxiety and special health concerns.  Read on to find out what you need to do to help your child start their year off right.

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Child and Adolescent Mental Health (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/child-and-adolescent-mental-health/index.shtml

There are many sites that provide resources dedicated to helping your child make a physically healthy start back to school, but this site, the National Institute for Mental Health, is dedicated to the mental health of your child.  Read on to learn more about how you can help a child coping with ADHD, Autism, Depression, OCD and the development of a young brain.

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Understanding the Common Core (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.centerforpubliceducation.org/Main-Menu/Policies/Understanding-the-Common-Core

This resource supplies the public with a lot of great information about the Common Core Standards newly implemented by 45 of the 50 United States. There articles both praising and critiquing the Common Core and what this means for a K-12 student about to head back to school.

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The Link: The Royal Baby Brings About Change!

Late last month the world welcomed a new addition to the Royal Family.  This list of resources will keep you up to date with the baby news.  There are also resources dedicated to revealing the traditional and not so traditional ways people have celebrated the birth of the Royal Baby, His Royal Highness Prince of Cambridge, George Alexander Louis.

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Royal Baby News

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.dukeandduchessofcambridge.org/focus2/royal-baby

This resource is dedicated to providing information about the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Most recently the site is providing up-to-date information about the Royal Birth and information and photographs about past Royal Births.

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William and Kate Name Their Baby George (find it on ipl2)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23443504

This resource provides up-to-date information about the Royal Baby, including the history behind the traditional royal name chosen for their son.

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The Current Royal Family (find it on ipl2)

http://www.royal.gov.uk/ThecurrentRoyalFamily/Overview.aspx

This resource delivers information about the history of the monarchy and todays Royal Family. In this section, links are available to background information on each member of the current Royal Family. There are also links leading to information about The Royal Family Name, the difference between a Royal House and a surname, and the order of succession.

The Role of Social Media

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NEW! Royal Baby Buzz Takes Social Media by Storm

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/national-international/Royal-Baby-Buzz-on-Social-Media-Tweets-storify-memes-kate-will-216452221.html

This source gives images of Twitter tweets from people all over the world. Some of the responses were congratulatory and some are humorous as well. One of the funniest images on this website includes a royal golden throne, but it is not what your think. Take a look at this image.

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Covering the Royal Baby Story (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0376ncs

This site discusses how the media in the United Kingdom conveyed fresh ideas to cover the important topic of the Royal Baby story. There is an accompanying 30-minute podcast that describes the factor in considering which news angle was relevant for this news story of a royal heir.

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NEW! News of Birth of Royal Baby Born in Social Media Age Announced on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Google Plus

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/news-birth-royal-baby-born-2079184

This resource discusses the process of the royal baby’s birth announcement along with the social media sources that were used to convey this news. Social Media examples used in this article included Twitter, Clarence House Google Plus (under the Prince of Wales), and the Monarchy’s Instagram site.

NEW! Britain’s Royal Baby Arrives

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-207_162-57595091/prince-william-and-kate-debut-royal-baby-boy/

The resource link above is a video of all of the activities regarding the birth of the first child to Prince William Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge. The newborn boy, who is third in line to the heir of the English throne, was recently named Prince George Alexander Louis.

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How the World Learns About a Royal Baby’s Birth (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2013/07/22/how-the-world-will-learn-about-royal-babys-birth

This resource describes how a Royal Baby’s birth is traditionally announced. This details the method of announcement prior to social media like Facebook and Twitter. However, today the Royal Baby gets to have a hash tag and time-honored-royal-traditions!

Traditions and Celebrations

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BBC News, Royal Baby: Gun Salutes Mark Royal Birth at Tower of London (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23425326

This video recourse shows the 41-gun salute, which marked the birth of the Royal Baby!

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New! Commemorative China to Mark the Royal Birth

http://metro.co.uk/2013/07/25/royal-baby-celebrate-the-birth-of-prince-george-with-a-195-commemorative-cup-3898188/

This site details how the birth of a royal isn’t just exciting. The birth of the Royal Prince will actually help to boost the economy! The Royal Collection Trust has released commemorative china to celebrate the birth of the Royal Baby. The proceeds from the sale of the items will go to preserve and upkeep the palace and art collections.

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New! How Kate and Will Break with Tradition

http://globalnews.ca/news/736296/the-royal-baby-how-will-and-kate-are-breaking-with-tradition/

This site details the ways in which Kate and Will have broken with tradition, when it comes to the Royal Baby. While the baby was welcomed into the world with the traditional 41-gun salute, this article gives several of examples of more modernized choices that Will and Kate have made when it comes to their little bundle of joy!

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Royal Babies: Five Things You Didn’t Know (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/16/world/europe/five-things-to-know-about-royal-baby/index.html?iid=article_sidebar

This resource outlines 5 little known facts about the traditions surrounding the births of royal babies. Some of these might surprise you! This article details facts about where royal babies have been born and who was in the delivery room. Read on to find out who the first monarch was to use anesthesia during childbirth, and why royal babies do not need a surname!

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In the News: Therapy Dogs – Helpers of Society

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In today’s society, individuals with special needs and disabilities find the use of a Therapy Dog to be an essential role in their lives.  These four-footed furry animals help in terms of guidance, comfort and companionship. The links provided below, will give an overview of how these animals provide a source of comfort and assistance for each person’s needs.

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NEW! Cesar’s Therapy Dogs

http://www.cesar.com/therapydogs/#welcome

This website, acquired by Google, gives users a glimpse of Therapy Dogs and what they have to offer.  Users can read about Cesar dog products commitment to dogs by donating funds to support Therapy Dogs to assist individuals in need.  Additionally, a person can submit their own personal dog therapy story as well.

The Cesar’s Therapy Dogs link above and photo has a video introducing these canine heroes.

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Pet Partners (Find it on ipl2)

http://www.petpartners.org/

This website provides links and resources to find information about Therapy Dogs along with sources on how to apply for a dog.  It also includes, information regarding donations, volunteering and creating memorial tributes.

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NEW! Therapy Dogs International

http://www.tdi-dog.org/Introduction.aspx?Page=Children+Reading+To+Dogs+Video

This is a great resource that displays how Therapy Dogs used to help people with literacy.  These dogs will sit patiently while individuals which range from children o adults read them stories. This website also contains information regarding additional programs such as: hospice, libraries, shelters, nursing homes and home visits. The  Therapy Dogs International link above and photo has a video introducing special dogs.

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NEW! Therapy Dogs, Inc.

http://www.therapydogs.com/

This source discusses the steps to obtaining certification for dogs that are eligible to become therapy dogs. Furthermore, this website also contains information regarding membership, donations and canine requirements of good manner, good health and testing for certification.

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The Link: Parks and Recreation

In recognition of U.S. National Park and Recreation Month, we’ve compiled some resources that are sure to be helpful in planning the perfect mid-summer getaway. Whether your dream vacation is spent on a roller coaster, hiking through Yellowstone, camping with the kids, or visiting a few natural national treasures abroad, this month’s newsletter aims to assist with your parks and recreation research needs.

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Theme Parks

Amusement Park Physics (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.learner.org/interactives/parkphysics/

This site provides simple explanations for the physics that make amusement park rides possible. Find out what Newton’s laws of motion have to do with bumper cars, design a roller coaster, see what Galileo has to do with the design of free fall rides.

Theme Park Insider (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.themeparkinsider.com

A consumers’ guide to the world’s most popular theme and amusement parks. The site is not run by or affiliated with any theme park company. It is an independent news resource offering coverage, information and opinion about themeparks.

Yesterland (find it on the ipl2)

This entertaining and informative site showcases discontinued Disneyland attractions. There are numerous links to both official and unofficial Disney sites. It is a delightful historical look at the park.

U.S. National Parks

Mapping the National Parks (find it on the ipl2)

http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/gmdhtml/nphtml/nphome.html

This small part of the U.S. Library of Congress’s American Memory Collection documents the history, cultural aspects, and geological formations of four areas that eventually became National Parks. The maps date from the 17th century to the present for Acadia, Grand Canyon, Great Smoky Mountains and Yellowstone. Nautical charts are included for Acadia.

National Parks and Conservation Association (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.npca.org/

This site contains information about U.S. national parks, including wildlife, ecology, threats to the parks, and various conservation and preservation actions to protect the parks. The NPCA is dedicated to safeguarding “the scenic beauty, wildlife, and historical and cultural treasures of the largest and most diverse park system in the world.”

National Park Service: Digital Image Archives (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.nps.gov/history/history/park_histories/

The U.S. National Park Service provides all necessary information for visiting parks, each with its own homepage and links to other non-NPS sites. The Digital Image Archive is a collection of dozens of detailed histories of the national parks of the United States, written by National Park Service (NPS) staff.

National Park Service: Park Histories (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.nps.gov/history/history/park_histories/

This NPS collection contains public domain images of national parks, monuments, battlefields, and historic sites. You can easily browse by park name.

Camping

Mr. Steiro, Mr. Moon and another man at campfire along Turtle Creek in October, 1936.

Camping Health and Safety Tips and Packing Checklist – CDC (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.cdc.gov/family/camping/

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a mission to “promote quality of life through the prevention and control of disease, injury, and disability.” Their information on camping includes information on proper vaccinations before camping, the importance of safe physical activity, and maintaining of state of active preparedness.

NEW! Joy of Camping

http://www.joyofcamping.com/

Joy of Camping is a website dedicated to providing information on a wide variety of camping topics.  Some of these topics include basic camping skills, cooking while camping, proper camping gear, and information on safety.  From discussions on bugs to finding the right camping spot for you and your family, Joy of Camping is a useful website to explore before setting out on a camping adventure.

Love the Outdoors (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.lovetheoutdoors.com/

Love the Outdoors is a website and blog that focuses on camping and other outdoor activities such as hiking and mountain biking.  Information found within the site include tips on camp cooking, camping checklists, and keeping your campsite safe.

Kids and the Outdoors

30 Classic Games for Simple Outdoor Play – Wired (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2009/08/simpleoutdoorplay/

Wired Magazine typically publishes information on the future of business, culture, innovation, and science. While this list of outdoor games is a bit of a deviation from their normal technology-laden articles, it’s a reminder that imagination is important for kids of all ages.

NEW! Kids Outdoors Boston, NYC, and Philadelphia

http://kids.outdoors.org/

Kids Outdoors is a part of the Appalachian Mountain Club community that strives to get children outdoors. The website serves the greater Boston, New York City, and Philadelphia area, but has articles and information for parents and kids in all areas of the country.

Sun and Water Safety Tips – AAP (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.healthychildren.org/English/news/Pages/Summer-Safety-Tips-Sun-and-Water-Safety.aspx

Healthy Children is a part of the American Academy of Pediatrics. These safety tips are a good reminder of the needs that children have when out in the sun and in or around water sources.

International Parks and Recreation Sites

National Parks in England, Wales, & Scotland (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.tanzaniaparks.com/

The official website for the United Kingdom’s national parks provides details about visiting and preserving parks such as the mountain zone of the Cairngorms, Loch Lomond, the Lake District, and the Yorkshire Dales. The site also includes photos, news, and links to individual park websites.

NEW! National Parks of Japan

http://www.env.go.jp/en/nature/nps/park/

The Japanese Ministry of the Environment maintains this site. It offers information on park protection and maintenance, photos and profiles of each of the parks, and information on visiting each of them. The homepage includes an interactive map and a link to “live images” of several parks.

Parks Canada (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/index.aspx

This site contains information on Canada’s national parks, national historic sites, national marine conservation areas, heritage buildings, heritage rivers, and heritage railway stations. All content is searchable and available in both English and French.

Tanzania National Parks (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.tanzaniaparks.com/

The official website for the Tanzanian national park system features high-quality images and information about 14 parks, including Mount Kilimanjaro National Park, Serengeti National Park, Lake Manyara (location of the “mass deaths of water birds, mainly Lesser Flamingo,” in the summer of 2004), and more. Content is available in English, French, German, Japanese, and Chinese.

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The Link: Standardized Testing

In recognition of the ending school year, we’re looking at standardized testing this month. In many places around the world, moving on to the next grade, to the next institution, or to the next level of professional achievement means scoring well on some sort of standardized exam. Many accept this, but others think there are better ways to encourage educational and professional success.

This month we will take a look at the pros and cons of legislation such as the No Child Left Behind Act, explore the difference between college prep tests and graduate/professional tests, and compare standardized testing in the U.S. with the required tests around the globe.

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No Child Left Behind: Pros and Cons of K-12 Standardized Testing

President George W. Bush signs into law the No Child Left Behind Act. Photo by the Executive Office of the President of the United States, public domain.

No Child Left Behind Act – U.S. Department of Education (find it on the ipl2)

http://www2.ed.gov/nclb/landing.jhtml

No Child Left Behind was an act of Congress signed in 2002 with the intention of establishing goals and criteria for students to meet. The act requires that all states assess students at specific points within their education in order to receive federal funding. The U.S. Department of Education’s website provides information on the initial act, the changes made with No Child Left Behind, and the more recent additions and changes made by President Obama. U.S. Department of Education’s main purpose is to “promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.” Their website serves as a portal of information about the department’s policies, goals, and information to the public.

The Inevitable Corruption of Indicators and Educators Through High-Stakes Testing – NEPC (find it on the ipl2)

http://epsl.asu.edu/epru/documents/EPSL-0503-101-EPRU.pdf

This study, conducted by the Education Policy Studies Laboratory at Arizona State University in 2005, examines the effects of standardized testing with the principle of standardized testing. According to the study, Campbell’s law is: “The more any quantitative social indicator is used for social decision making, the more subject it will be to corruption pressures and the more apt it will be to distort and corrupt the social processes it is intended to monitor.” This study is a part of the National Education Policy Center whose mission is to produce quality research which helps inform education policy discussions. The NEPC is composed of academic staff including nationally recognized education researchers.

Standardized Testing – ProCon.org (find it on the ipl2)

http://standardizedtests.procon.org/

ProCon.org is a nonprofit public charity whose goal is “to provide resources for critical thinking and to educate without bias.” The page on standardized testing includes arguments both for and against standardized testing as well as information on the history of testing, and interesting facts about standardized tests.

FairTest.org (find it on the ipl2)

http://fairtest.org/

FairTest.org or The National Center for Fair and Open Testing “works to end the misuses and flaws of standardized testing and to ensure that evaluation of students, teachers and schools is fair, open, valid and educationally.” FairTest’s resources provide information for parents, teachers, and students. Information that can be found include a list of universities that no longer require SAT/ACT scores, data on the link between standardized testing and educational corruption, and discussions on high stakes testing.

College Prep Tests

The first standardized college entrance exam was given in 1901, and ever since the tests have gained prominence as a larger percentage of students plan to further their education at colleges and universities. Although these exams are only part of the college application process, some high school students prep years for the SAT and ACT tests in order optimize their chances for getting into their first choice school.

SAT vs. ACT: Choose Wisely – Huffington Post (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alex-mallory/sat-vs-act-choose-wisely_b_830093.html

The areas of popularity in the country is not the only difference between the two tests; did you know that the SAT and ACT also differ in test style and time length? Since colleges and universities accept either, make sure you take the one that best suits you.

Test Prep – Petersons (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.petersons.com/college-search/test-prep.aspx

Whether you choose the SAT or ACT route, it’s good to have an idea of what to expect before you actually take the exam. Peterson’s offers both full-length ACT and SAT free practice tests on their website (registration is required).

Graduate and Professional Tests

For students looking to go on to pursue their Master’s or even Doctoral Degree, even more standardized testing lies in your future: from the PRAXIS for teachers, GRE for general, MCAT for doctors, and LSAT for lawyers, an aptitude for the field needs to be shown before you can be admitted to a graduate program.

World’s Would-Be Grad Students – Inside Higher Ed (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/02/21/ets-releases-data-gre-averages-country

Educational Testing Service recently released data that illustrates “why foreign talent is so important to American graduate programs, especially in math, science and technology fields.”  The results allow colleges to understand the different contexts in which the scores are examined.

Business Schools Know How You Think – Wall Street Journal (find it on the ipl2)

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324582004578456770420379666.html?KEYWORDS=gmat

A trend among business schools is starting to take more than GMAT scores and academic achievements into account. Emotional intelligence quotient (EQ), a tool used by companies to assess top talent, is becoming a standard part of the business school application process. “While a low EQ won’t outright ruin someone who otherwise dazzles on paper, Mr. Garcia says, a high EQ—in certain cases, at least—can offset mediocre performance elsewhere.”

The G.R.E. vs. the GMAT – New York Times (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/04/education/edlife/strategy-t.html?_r=0

“The Educational Testing Service administers the G.R.E. and used to do the same for the GMAT before losing the rights two years ago to ACT Inc. and Pearson. Now it is trying to get some of that business back, lobbying business schools to accept the G.R.E. as an alternative to the GMAT: more than 115 have agreed, including at Stanford, M.I.T. and Johns Hopkins. What’s the difference between the tests? Both assess verbal and quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and writing. “Contrary to what people might think, there are no business or finance aspects of the GMAT that make it specialized,” says David G. Payne, an associate vice president of E.T.S.”

Standardized Testing Around the Globe

New! Action Canada Task Force on Standardized Testing

http://testingillusion.ca/

The Action Canada Task Force Project is comprised of young, educated Canadian citizens with brought together by Action Canada (www.actioncanada.ca), a national fellowship program that builds practical leadership skills and policy development experience. Three Action Canada three task force teams are formed each year and are given the challenge of selecting a policy research topic. This Task Force chose to focus specifically on standardized testing because of the importance that this accountability measure has taken during the past two decades in Canadian context.

Could You Pass the 11-Plus? – BBC News (find it on the ipl2)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/7773974.stm

BBC News gives its readers an opportunity to test their academic skill by taking a timed, 15-question sample of the formally required standardized test given to all U.K. schoolchildren in their final year of primary school. Are you smarter than an English 5th grader was expected to be 40 years ago?

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) – OECD (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.oecd.org/pisa/

PISA is an international study that was launched by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in 1997. It aims to evaluate education systems worldwide every three years by assessing the competencies in the key subjects such as reading, mathematics and science of 15-year-old children all over the world. Over 70 countries and economies have participated in PISA. The OECD’s website provides several comprehensive videos on the benefits of this assessment.

New! Testing and Assessment – U.K. Department of Education

http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/teachingandlearning/assessment

The U.K. Department of Education uses this site to break down the National Curriculum assessments, or “the statutory assessments at the end of each Key Stage” of public education. This site links to official documentation on the material covered in standardized exams and other FAQs about administration of them. It also provides information on “optional tests.”

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In the News: Labor Rights

Creative Commons image courtesy of dctim1 on Flickr

Creative Commons image courtesy of dctim1 on Flickr

After the recent factory collapses in Bangladesh and Cambodia, global attention is finally being paid to the conditions in which many employees are subjected to work. Although the majority of the blame has fallen on the factory owners and the government officials who did not properly regulate conditions, the brands who used the factories to produce their goods are also being subjected to international scrutiny. This has led to a collective agreement among brands, retailers, and trade unions called the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, which will entail safety inspections of the hundreds of factories in Bangladesh and public reportings on the findings. This is a big step in the right direction to ensure safety for factory workers in these countries.

Bangladesh Factory Safety Accord: At Least 14 Major North American Retailers Decline To Sign – Huffington Post (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/17/bangladesh-factory-safety-accord_n_3286430.html

This Huffington Post article describes some of the stipulations of the Bangladesh Safety Accord and lists some North American based retailers who have declined to sign due to working on separate initiatives they believe will improve conditions in Bangladesh.

Ethical Shopping: How the High Street Fashion Stores Rate – The Guardian (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/fashion/2013/may/17/ethical-shopping-high-street-fashion?INTCMP=SRCH

“In the wake of this crisis, most concerned readers want to know: which are the ethical shops on the high street? Sam Maher, of Labour Behind the Label, says “Why not reward those companies for making a step? Choose the brand that’s signed over the one that has not.”

Behindthelabel.org (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.labourbehindthelabel.org/

“A multimedia news website covering the stories of people fighting for fundamental human and labor rights against the goliath global clothing industry.” Features a FAQ, news, campaigns, audio and video clips, a browsable archive, and related links. Sponsored by a “global alliance of clothing workers, religious leaders, and students.”

Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.globallabourrights.org/

Formerly known as the National Labor Committee [NLC], the mission of the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights is to help defend the human rights of workers in the global economy. The Institute investigates and exposes human and labor rights abuses committed by U.S. companies producing goods in the developing world.” The site contains news, articles, reports, and more.

Sam Reiss: An Eyewitness to Labor History, 1948-1975 (find it on the ipl2)

http://www.nyu.edu/library/bobst/collections/exhibits/tam/reiss/

“Often referred to as ‘labor’s photographer,’ Sam Reiss used his camera to capture historic events that shaped American labor.” This online exhibit presents Reiss’s photos of labor unions, demonstrations and rallies, labor and civil rights leaders, and related subjects. Browse by year or subject. From the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at New York University.

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