KPCC Website Shows the California Schools API Results

See the results on: http://projects.scpr.org/static/databases/2013-api-scores-by-school/

“Results released Thursday show California schools dropped two points over 2012, but the Los Angeles Unified School District bucked the trend, according to the state Department of Education. L.A. Unified – the state’s largest district – jumped three points from 746 to 749. The state’s Academic Performance Index ranks schools largely based on test scores and high school exit exams, giving grades of between 200 and 1,000. Overall, California schools dropped from 791 to 789. The state goal for all schools is 800. Taken together, districts in both Los Angeles and Orange counties dropped six points. In the Inland Empire, districts in Riverside county overall dropped three points and San Bernardino dropped five. Ventura was a bright spot. Districts there, on average, jumped seven points.”

 

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A New Online Masters For $7,000

The Georgia Institute of Technology rocked the higher education world when it announced plans to offer a fully online master’s degree in computer science for roughly one-seventh the price of its on-campus equivalent – less than $7,000.

The Georgia Institute of Technology, Udacity and AT&T have teamed up to offer the first accredited Online Master of Science in Computer Science (OMS CS) that students can earn exclusively through the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) delivery format and for a fraction of the cost of traditional, on-campus programs.  The OMS CS program will begin accepting student applications to matriculate in Fall 2014

For more information see: http://www.businessinsider.com/heres-the-7000-masters-degree-thats-scaring-colleges-2013-8

Help For Teachers To Buy Homes In California

The California Housing Finance Agency recently announced they were bringing back the Extra Credit Teacher Home Purchase Program to help teachers, administrators , and others who work in schools to get down payment assistance.

Extra Credit Teacher Home Purchase Program (ECTP)
ECTP is a deferred payment, forgivable interest subordinate loan for eligible teachers,
administrators, classified employees and staff members working in high priority schools (API
ranks 1-5), county schools or continuation schools throughout California. ECTP can only be
used for down payment assistance with an eligible CalHFA first mortgage loan.

For complete details and underwriting guidelines, please refer to CalHFA Program Handbooks
published on CalHFA’s web site. http://www.calhfa.ca.gov.
For questions about this bulletin, contact CalHFA Single Family Lending division by phone
916.326.8033; by fax 916.324.6424; by email at SFPrograms@calhfa.ca.gov. You can always visit
CalHFA’s web site at: http://www.calhfa.ca.gov or Single Family Lending division directly at
http://www.calhfa.ca.gov/homeownership.

See the bulletin at:  http://www.calhfa.ca.gov/homeownership/bulletins/2013/2013-09.pdf

Online Game That Tackles Online Privacy

Data Dealer who recently had a successful Kickstarter campaign is in the midst of creating a full version of their demo game.

To find more information about the project and how the game can be used to help students learn about Online Privacy go to:

http://fluency21.com/blog/2013/08/16/a-game-that-deals-in-personal-data/?fb_source=pubv1

 

Play the demo at: http://datadealer.com/play/

63% of Teachers Buy Food For Their Class Each Month With Own Money, Reported By Share Our Strength

“63 percent of teachers report buying food for the classroom each month with their own money . . . That’s just one statistic from a report put out by Share Our Strength, which surveyed teachers across the country about hunger in America’s classrooms.”

Find more information on http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/11/23/more-than-half-of-teacher_n_368356.html