Links 6/1/16

Links for you. Science:

1,500 scientists lift the lid on reproducibility
Proactive Efforts by U.S. Federal Agencies Enable Early Detection of New Antibiotic Resistance
When Pregnant Women Get Flu Shots, Babies Are Healthier
Suffocating the Ocean
Penicillin Shortage Could Be A Problem For People With Syphilis

Other:

Clinton is apparently so weak that Sanders could sink her versus Trump in the general?
Peter Thiel’s Attack On Gawker Is Not Abuse of Wealth (“Gawker is losing these cases not just because Thiel is funding them, but because they are in the wrong. They did something illegal, and in this case, something which should be illegal.”)
The Big, Big Problem With How the Hillary Clinton Email Scandal Is Being Covered
A revealing new twist in the Common Core state standards controversy
What do you owe to people who are guilty of being wrong?
Falling Job Tenure: It’s Not Just about Millennials
The world’s largest cruise ship and its supersized pollution problem
The children of children who went to desegregated schools reap benefits, too, study finds
How the D.C. Metro’s Service Cuts Will Affect Low-Income Riders
Doctors Have the Right to Perform Abortions
BUSTED: Trump-loving comment trolls pose as Sanders and Clinton supporters to divide Democrats
Rachel Rich: Everything You Need to Know about the /%#£€%+ Test
Ethical Political Redemption
A pair of glasses were left on the floor at a museum and everyone mistook it for art
When Will The Anti-Semitism Of Trump Supporters Get Ugly Enough For The Media To Notice?

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One Response to Links 6/1/16

  1. jrkrideau says:

    Interesting post by Rachel Rich.

    Officially third graders need at least seven hours to finish the math and English portions combined, meaning the real deal is a grueling 140 pages long!!! Tenth graders are assigned at least 8 1/2 hours, which would mean their tests are about 170 pages long!

    I actually have worked as a psychometrician , that is, I used to build tests. I don’t know anything about Common Core but asking a 3rd-grader to complete a 7 hour test while typing answers (how many 3rd graders are competent typists?) strikes me as gross incompetence (plus sheer insanity) on the part of the test constructors.

    I had a look at one of the prose passages and accompanying questions from the test being discussed. At a glance, the text looked fine. The questions seemed poorly phrased, probably above grade reading level in some cases, and amazingly ambiguous. Again this looks like incompetence or a total lacked of subject knowledge of what is appropriate of a grade 3 student.

    I’d love to see the technical manual for the test especially item scores, pre-test results and any validity studies undertaken.

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