Maine Joins Vermont, Other States in NECAP Testing Partnership

first_imgMaine Joins Vermont, Other States in NECAP Testing PartnershipMONTPELIER – Maine has joined New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont as the fourth member of the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP), the first and only multi-state testing partnership formed in response to the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).As the newest NECAP partner, Maine will join the other three member states in developing and administering the NECAP tests in reading, writing, and mathematics to all students in grades 3 through 8. The tests are developed in common by all partner states and are aligned with the state standards (what all students should know and be able to do at each grade level) that all NECAP states have adopted.The results of the tests, which are required by NCLB, determine whether schools have made Adequate Yearly Progress and what actions state agencies will initiate to assist in improving student performance.Teachers from the NECAP states are involved in the development of the test items and set the standards for scoring the tests. The states administer the tests each October. Measured Progress, of Dover, N.H., produces, distributes, collects, and scores the tests and issues resulting reports, under the terms of a multi-state contract that runs through the end of 2014.With Maine as a member of the NECAP partnership, all states will benefit from a lower per-pupil cost for the test administration. The addition of the expertise of Maine educators will allow the NECAP partner states to maintain the high quality of the NECAP tests, even in a time of diminishing funds.”Maine has always been very excited about the NECAP but was unable to participate initially because of a required change in Maine statutes,” said Maine Education Commissioner Susan A. Gendron. “We are very appreciative of the three states’ willingness to have Maine join the partnership. The New England states are a lot more alike than different – we have similar standards and rigorous expectations. This will help us maximize the quality of education and share the expertise of our educators.””We are pleased that Maine has joined this important collaborative,” said Acting Vermont Education Commissioner Bill Talbott. “The development of this caliber of assessment would have been prohibitive if the states had worked individually. Maine’s participation will expand the resources, ideas, and expertise so the four New England states will enjoy a high-quality assessment for their students in mathematics and literacy.””We are proud to welcome Maine to the NECAP collaboration,” said Measured Progress Chief Executive Officer Stuart Kahl. “The four states share a profound dedication to the education of their students and a heritage of leadership in high-quality, rigorous student assessments. Maine educators will bring great commitment and resourcefulness to an already superior collaboration.”Maine, which has used Measured Progress to develop its own state tests, will use NECAP tests in Grades 3 through 8 only and will continue to use the College Board SAT as its high-school assessment.At this time, Maine has not joined the NECAP partnership on science tests, which is managed through a separate contract with Measured Progress. The four states have agreed to discuss establishing a four-state partnership for the science test.The NECAP partnership originated in a series of discussions among New England states that began in 2002, shortly after NCLB, which required all states to expand their testing programs, became law. The NECAP contract with Measured Progress was signed in 2004, and the partner states administered the first NECAP tests in October 2005. Each member state posts information about the testing process and test results on its Web site.In Vermont, seehttp://education.vermont.gov/new/html/pgm_assessment/necap.html(link is external).last_img read more


Lady Wildcats Battle Lady Spartans

first_imgThe Franklin County Lady Wildcats Varsity Volleyball team was defeated by The Connersville Lady Spartans 26-24, 25-15, 25-17.Kaitlyn Obert had 3 ace serves to lead the team for the day. Kayley Schoettelkotte led the team with 7 kills and Meredith Bohman added 5 kills. Kendall McCool had 11 assists for the day. The back row of Megan Getz, Autumn McDaniel, and Taylor McCreary dug 18 balls.‘Hopefully the first week and four matches nerves are over and the Lady Wildcats will come to play like the coaches know they can. They are very capable of winning against Connersville. We will see them later on in the season and they will see a better team. There were some really good moments from the team. We will be seeing more and more as the season moves on. The team is starting to work better as a team and learning to play next to one another. ‘ Wildcats Coach Tanya Wirtz.They are back in action Tuesday night as they travel to Batesville.The JV Lady Cats won today against EIAC Connersville 25-20, 23-25, 15-13.Kelly Layton lead the team with 4 aces. Lillie Stewart added 3 aces and 5 kills. Charlotte Barrett added 3 aces and 2 kills. Jalynn Rogers and Kelsey Vail kept the back row alive by digging hit after hit!! Way to go lady’s, this brings our record to 3-1.We will be in the road to EIAC Batesville on Teusday, Aug 22. Come on out and support your Lady Cats!!!Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Jill Mergenthal.The freshman girls came in strong to Connersville winning the first set. Connersville came back winning the next two sets while FC put up a good fight 19-25, 25-12, 15-11.We were led in serves by Kloe Bolos with 9 serves and 5 aces followed by Rae Ertel with 5 serves and 2 aces. Kim Settles and Kiya Rains came in with strong passes to help the team.The freshman volleyball team will be at Batesville on Tuesday.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Logan Allen.last_img read more


Under the Radar at UFC Saint Petersburg: Michal Oleksiejczuk

first_imgIf he can keep it standing and dictate the terms of the fight, then Oleksiejczuk has real chance to run his unbeaten streak to an even dozen, which, as I’ve said frequently, is the kind of thing that doesn’t just happen by accident, no matter whom you’re fighting or where.Light heavyweight isn’t a barren wasteland.There are emerging talents in the 205-pound ranks you should be paying close attention to and Oleksiejczuk is one of them. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearEveryone pretends like there are no emerging talents climbing the ranks in the division because they don’t measure up to the greatness of Jon Jones or would stand as considerable underdogs against Alexander Gustafsson, as if measuring the quality of a division comes down exclusively to how everyone would do against arguably the greatest fighter of all time and a perennial contender who has only ever lost to elite talent.Everything is measured in absolutes — you’re either the best or a bum — and anyone who resides in the vast expanses between those two extremes has to do something dramatic in order to garner even a modicum of attention.Which is sad, because that’s how emerging talents get overlooked and end up sneaking up on all the people who constantly shout about wanting to know more about fighters, but refuse to do the work to familiarize themselves with anyone who isn’t already a big name or carrying a ton of buzz.Michal Oleksiejczuk is one of those low-key up-and-comers that people should be paying attention to but aren’t because he competes at light heavyweight and they’ve heard for years how terrible the division is as a whole.Last time out, the 24-year-old fighter from Barki, Poland, needed just 94 seconds to dispatch Gian Villante.Strip away the division and think about that from a different perspective for a second: a 24-year-old making his sophomore appearance in the Octagon crushed a 28-fight veteran in one minute and 34 seconds, finishing him with a nasty body shot.Folks have gotten far more excited about far less when it comes to buzzy prospects that everyone likes or charismatic Brazilians who break-dance after their victories, but when Oleksiejczyuk does it, no one seems to bat an eye and it makes zero sense to me.Now, the young light heavyweight “Lord” didn’t do himself any favors by getting popped for a banned substance following his UFC debut — a short-notice, unanimous decision win over Rountree at UFC 219 — but there are numerous other athletes who have been flagged and suspended who returned to being prospects everyone should follow once they did their penance. Oleksiejczuk should be afforded the same opportunity.Villante is no world-beater, but he’s a tough out who has been in the UFC for five years, amassing a 7-7 record prior to their matchup in February. Through those 14 Octagon appearances, no one had beaten the Long Island native that quickly or decisively — not Shogun Rua, not Ilir Latifi, not Corey Anderson, not Ovince Saint Preux.Oleksiejczuk did, and that’s not only worth noting, but also the kind of thing that should make you want to see what he does for an encore this weekend when he takes on Gadzhimurad Antigulov in Saint Petersburg.Prior to his last fight, Antigulov was one of those “let’s see what we’ve got here” guys in the light heavyweight division — a strong grappler who earned first-round finishes in his first two UFC appearances. Then he started fast and flamed out hard against Ion Cutelaba, who is another guy worth paying attention to in the light heavyweight division, and now he’s looking to rebound in the second bout of the Saturday morning fight card from Yubileyney Sports Palace.Don’t think this is just me cheerleading for a guy who helps make one of my longstanding arguments seem a little more valid, either.Yes, I’ve been riding for the light heavyweight ranks to get some more respect for a while, but there are also performance-based reasons why I think Oleksiejczuk is someone fight fans should be paying attention to this weekend and going forward.In his fights with Rountree and Villante, the Polish newcomer showed smooth striking skills and solid footwork, working his way inside to land his attacks and retreat without catching much fire in return. Though he was more of a “stick and move” fighter against Rountree, who brandishes big power, he pressed forward and attacked Villante without pause and buckled him with a beautiful body shot.Sound fundamentals and precision striking aren’t as eye-catching as wild spinning attacks and haymakers that make hay, but having those basics in place at this young age, this early into his career bodes well for Oleksiejczuk and should acquit him nicely as he continues to make his way up the divisional ladder.Antigulov is going to want to close the distance and turn this into a grappling match, which means we should get a chance to see what kind of takedown defense and scrambling skills the 24-year-old has this weekend. Prior to every event, Under the Radar will cast the spotlight on an up-and-coming talent who shows the potential for growth in their division and isn’t getting enough attention as they head into battle.Name: Michal OleksiejczukRecord: 13-2-0-1 overall; 1-0-0-1 UFCDivision: Light heavyweightTeam: GKS Gornik Leczna MMAComing out of UFC 236 last weekend, one of the main takeaways for me after seeing Khalil Rountree Jr. dominate Eryk Anders and remind everyone that he’s someone to keep tabs on in the light heavyweight division was that the constant complaining about how shallow and low-quality the 205-pound weight class is at the moment needs to stop.last_img read more


ESPN8 The Ocho, explained: How to watch the entire schedule of weird sports, from dodgeball to marble runs

first_img2019 Death Diving World ChampionshipWatch contestants dive from a 10-meter platform in classic and freestyle competitions in Norway. You can relive Miriam Hamberg’s unforgettable performance here. Dodge Juggle 3It’s a cross between juggling and dodgeball. There are different formats to this game, and all of them are hilarious. Moxie Games 3Close the day with the Moxie Games, which also includes dodge juggle and other odd competitions. The three-day event in Las Vegas runs in December. ESPN is bringing back “The Ocho” on Sunday to satisfy for live sports.  It’s a bold strategy, Cotton. With the ongoing spread of coronavirus in the United States, it should pay off for the sports fans stuck at home. From the Johnsonville Cornhole Championships to Moxie Games 3, fans can watch some of the more obscure sports for 24 hours for the fourth edition of ESPN8.MORE: Here are ESPN’s best ’30 for 30′ documentaries for your next binge-watchWhat is ESPN 8 The Ocho?ESPN’s “The Ocho” is a reference to the 2004 sports comedy “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.” ESPN started the tradition in 2017, airing the first 24-hour marathon on Aug. 8, to highlight some of the more obscure sports in the United States and across the world. An America’s Dodgeball Continental Cup matchup between the United States and Canada will be televised at 6:30 p.m. ET.ESPN The Ocho schedule 2020ESPN’s “The Ocho” lineup starts at midnight on Sunday, March 22 and runs for 24 hours. ESPN8 is not an actual channel; the network re-brands ESPN2 as “The Ocho” during the marathon. You can find the channel where ESPN2 normally airs through your cable provider.Here’s the entire schedule:Time (ET)ProgramMidnightJohnsonville ACL Cornhole Championships: 2020 Kickoff Battle2 a.m.World Axe Throwing League: 2019 World Championship4 a.m.U.S. Open Ultimate Championships6 a.m.2019 Spikeball College Championship7 a.m.2019 Las Vegas Highland Games7:30 a.m.Putt Putt Championships8 a.m.2019 IDEAL Electricians National Championship9 a.m.E:60 as part of ‘The Ocho’9:30 a.m.51st National Stone Skipping Competition10:30 a.m.2007 World Sport Stacking Championships11:30 a.m.2019 World Sign Spinning Championship12 p.m.2006 Krystal World Hamburger Eating Championship1 p.m.2006 Johnsonville Brat Eating World Championship2 p.m.European TramDriver Championship3 p.m.2019 Stupid Robot Fighting League3:30 p.m.46th Annual Cherry Pit Spitting Championship4 p.m.Professional Arm Wrestling Championships4:30 p.m.2019 Golden Tee World Championship5 p.m.2018 Classic Tetris World Championship5:30 p.m.E:60 on ESPN8 Presented by Liberty Mutual6:30 p.m.America’s Dodgeball Continental Cup: USA vs. Canada7:30 p.m.2019 Jelle’s Marble Runs8 p.m.Slippery Stairs: College Tour8:30 p.m.2019 Death Diving World Championship9:30 p.m.Dodge Juggle 310:30 p.m.Moxie Games 3Johnsonville ACL Cornhole 2020 Kickoff Battle It’s a replay of the tournament in February that had more than $67,000 in prize money. You’ll want to catch the men’s singles battle between Ryan Windsor and Jamie Graham.  World Axe Throwing League: 2019 World ChampionshipTravel out to Tuscon to watch more than 100 participants throw axes. For what it’s worth, the WATL logo gives the other major sports leagues a run for its money. U.S. Open Ultimate ChampionshipsUltimate frisbee is a competitive sport, and you can watch different divisions compete for championships in Blaine, Minn. This is the triple-crown event you’ve never watched.2019 Spikeball College ChampionshipRelive the national championships and the club rivalry between Georgia and Texas A&M. Cal Poly-Slo also is a major player in this sport. Who needs the second round of the NCAA tournament? 2019 Las Vegas Highland GamesThe casinos in Las Vegas are shut down, but you can relive this festival which features a decathlon with Scottish games. There are various stone and hammer throws, but you have to follow the rules. Putt Putt ChampionshipsThe Professional Putters Association championships are not until September, but viewers can watch players attack the classic greens here. 2019 national champion Sid Davis is at the top of his game. 2019 IDEAL Electricians National ChampionshipPros can win $60,000, and apprentices can win $40,000. It’s where “Electricians become legends.” Qualifying events for the 2020 championships have been suspended until April 13. E:60 as part of ‘The Ocho’The ESPN documentary series profiles stories from obscure sports across the globe. 51st National Stone Skipping CompetitionMackinac Island in Michigan is home to this event, and this is a chance to watch Guinness World record holder Kurt Steiner in action. He’s the man who once got a stone to skip 88 times across the water. 2007 World Sport Stacking ChampionshipsThis looks like one of those viral competitions, but it’s all about technique when stacking cups. It only takes one mistake to lose a heated duel. 2019 World Sign Spinning ChampionshipFremont Street in Las Vegas is home to this competition, and the first round is intense. You have 30 seconds to show the judges just how much “spin game” you have. Watch Hall of Famer Matt Dolan go to work in the 2019 championships. 2006 Krystal World Hamburger Eating ChampionshipThis is one of the legendary battles in hamburger-eating history. It’s when Takeru “Tsunami” Kobayashi beat Joey Chestnut by eating 97 hamburgers. Chestnut would re-set the record with 103 the following season, but nobody will forget this International Federation of Competitive Eating (IFOCE) in Chattanooga, Tenn. 2006 Johnsonville Brat Eating World ChampionshipThis is another classic duel between Kobayashi and Chestnut for an event that took place in Sheboygan, Wisc. Kobayashi and Chestnut combined for eat 103 brats in this battle. Tune in to see who wins. European TramDriver ChampionshipThis year’s championships have been postponed until May, but it’s a chance for viewers to see which European country has the best Tram drivers. A total of 21 countries competed in last year’s championships in Brussels. 2019 Stupid Robot Fighting LeagueSFFL competitions run hot in the “Rectagon,” and this sport, which was created in New Zealand, allows viewers to watch two “stupid robots” duke it out. There are different height and weight classes, but you might find the rules about taunting a little unusual. 46th Annual Cherry Pit Spitting ChampionshipMichigan is one of the nation’s leading producers of cherries, and this summer competition in Eau Claire, Mich., is a unique (gross?) way to celebrate that reputation. Watch Kevin “Boomerang” Bartz, a 53-year-old legend in the sport, take down last year’s championship. Professional Arm Wrestling ChampionshipsYou’re going to watch “Over the Top” at some point over the next three weeks, but there is no substitute for the real thing. The World Armwrestling League, based in Chicago, has increased in popularity. Would you want to go against any of these competitors? 2019 Golden Tee World ChampionshipThe bar-room game has evolved into a three-day championship in Las Vegas with more than $135,000 in prizes. We also enjoy listening to Adam Kramer for analysis. 2018 Classic Tetris World ChampionshipThe Nintendo game has been competitive since the legendary Thor Aackerlund won the first championship in 1990. The Portland, Ore., event typically draws more than 6,000 competitors. Just don’t get that music stuck in your head. E:60 on ESPN8 Presented by Liberty MutualThe ESPN documentary series profiles stories from obscure sports across the globe.America’s Dodgeball Continental Cup: USA vs. CanadaThere is the “Miracle on Ice,” then there is that miraculous comeback that the United States pulled off in the Continental Cup in 2019. Watch the Americans rally from a 12-2 deficit in this memorable matchup. 2019 Jelle’s Marble RunsMarble runs have taken off on Twitter this week, and here you can see the entire competition. The game, invented by Jelle Bakker in the Wervershoof, Netherlands, can be seen in its entirety here. no sports. we betting on marbles now 🤣 pic.twitter.com/ZQ9dpMGhb5— Jay🐾 (@NoGueyJay) March 15, 2020Slippery Stairs: College TourIt’s a pretty simple concept. Contestants try to climb up stairs covered in slippery substances. It gives college student a chance to test their broadcasting chops, too. last_img read more


Guyanese miners at mercy of ruthless Sindicato Gang

first_img…as robberies, beating escalate – ‘F’ Division Commander says probe launched into river attacks Saying they are at the mercy of the ruthless Sindicato Gang, miners operating in Upper Cuyuni riverine areas in Guyana’s administrative Region Seven are begging the Government to provide escort services as they traverse the river following attacks by members of the said gang.The miners claim the situation is hampering their businesses, and that in recent times, members of the Venezuela-based Sindicato Gang have set up camp about three miles below Eteringbang, on the Cuyuni River, and are stopping all boats (both Venezuelan and Guyanese), demanding gold and cash for fuel, ration and other things that are being transported for their operations.“This Sindicato Gang is heavily armed, and would fire at our boats if we do not stop. They also have boats, and would drive up to us if we do not stop,” the miners complained.One victim of the Sindicato Gang who was brutally murderedThey noted also that a group of Sindicato Gang members have recently set us another base at Butanamo, about 20 miles further down the Cuyuni, and are doing the same thing to persons traversing the river.Miners are calling on Government to intervene and provide protection for them. “We are hereby calling on the Government and military to urgently address this situation that is affecting our businesses significantly, by immediately providing escort services for our boats through these two zones,” the miners have pleaded.Efforts to contact Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, to enquire whether he is aware of the situation and if any action has since been taken, have proven futile. However, Commander of the Police ‘F’ Division (Interior Locations), Senior Superintendent Kevin Adonis, told Guyana Times that the Police are aware of the situation, and have since launched an investigation.“Preliminary investigations revealed that they (the miners) are going on the Venezuelan side of the River, and we can’t do anything, because these people are in Venezuela, and we can’t go other there,” Commander Adonis explained.He pointed out that since receiving the report about a week ago, and after investigating same, the Police have been urging the miners to stay in Guyana’s waters and avoid going over to the neighbouring territory.“When the joint service went there and we found that the (Guyanese) miners are going in the people waters, we cautioned them, but they want go mine in the people water… But we can’t do anything if they get attack over there, so that’s why we’ve been telling them not to venture out over there,” the Divisional Commander related.Over the past year, there have been increasing reports of members of the Sindicato Gang crossing over to Guyana and terrorising persons here while robbing them. Asked about this, Senior Superintendent Adonis said those are unconfirmed reports. He noted that the miners would usually lodge complaints, but there is no supporting evidence to point out who the alleged culprits are.Last year, there were several cases wherein local mining camps were attacked and robbed, reportedly by perpetrators crossing over from both Venezuela and Brazil. According to the victims, the bandits were speaking fluent Portuguese and Spanish, which suggest that they are not Guyanese.Minister Ramjattan had explained, in an interview with the Guyana Times, that the bandits could very well be Guyanese who are bilingual, having lived in the neighbouring countries or close to the borders.“We don’t know; and from what we are hearing, it is not as if we have gotten the information as to whether they are Guyanese or non-Guyanese, because there are thousands of actual Guyanese who have been living in Venezuela and know the Spanish language very well. And so I won’t go that far to say… What I can say is that there are masked men armed heavily, speaking foreign language that is not the English that we know; but I can’t say if they’re Guyanese, if they’re Brazilians, or if they’re Venezuelans or whatever. It’s difficult at this stage, unless a couple of them have been caught, and then we can know for sure,” the Public Security Minister had stated.In addition to these attacks, a horrific video was circulated on social media back in January of a young man, believed to be Guyanese, being butchered by members of this Venezuelan Sindicato Gang.Over the past weeks, President David Granger has been making visits to communities along the borderline with Guyana’s western neighbour, announcing plans to beef up security in those areas.The formation of more Community Policing Groups (CPGs) was one of such measures undertaken to ensure the protection of citizens in those frontline communities.last_img read more