12 Oct '13, 5pm

California Abandons Pencils and Outdated Standards in School Testing

California Abandons Pencils and Outdated Standards in School Testing

California’s STAR tests, the state’s standardized tests for public school students, are being scrapped after 15 years. Assembly Bill 484, which replaces the pencil-and-paper, multiple-choice STAR tests with new language and math tests taken on computers and slated to be fully implemented in the spring of 2015, received Governor Jerry Brown’s signature on October 2 The new assessments, called Measurement of Academic Progress and Performance (MAPP), were designed with other states to follow a set of national curriculum standards known as Common Core . These standards call for more in-depth teaching of fewer subjects and emphasize real-world applications of material in an effort to prepare students for college and careers. Common Core Standards Since 2010, 45 out of 50 states have adopted the Common Core Standards, which essentially streamline expectations for students and ed...

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Testing DRAM From a Commodore 64

Testing DRAM From a Commodore 64

hackaday.com 12 Oct '13, 11am

He replaced a few chips and the caps, but found he had no way to test the DRAM chips. Compared to SRAM or Static RAM used ...