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Accountability explored

Large scale assessment, one of the measures of school accountability, was explored recently by Lizzie Yan, an M.Ed. student at UPEI; her survey, of more than 500 people across Prince Edward Island, was designed to explore the public’s knowledge and perceptions of PISA, PCAP and Provincial large scale tests.

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The American National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Wins Bunkum Award

The Think Twice Think Tank feels there is an increasing truthiness in reports of education research in the form of "egregiously shoddy think tank reports." So in 2011 they initiated their annual Bunkum Awards. This year's award went to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, for Separating Fact from Fiction: What You Need to Know about Charter Schools.

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Education 20/20 is offering an award to a PEI school or early learning centre this coming year. Past awards highlighted engagement by the school and community in the daily operation of schools. The 2016 award will focus on the nature and extent to which technology is used to enhance learning and teaching. The $2,500 award may be used for any purpose. The Excellence in Education Award is open to any school or learning center operating at the K-12 level. The focus on technology was chosen, in part, to recognize the commitment by the Province to provide an additional $4m to upgrade technology in PEI schools in the coming years.

In announcing the Award, Dr. Glendenning, President of Education 20/20 thanked Dr. Regis and Joan Duffy for their continuing interest in and support for education in PEI. The 2014 award went to Kinkora Regional High School and the award money, in the words of Jaime Cole, Principal, “was used to make the school a more comfortable environment for the students to learn.” The 2015 Award went to the Prince Street Elementary School.

“Schools use technology in a variety of way depending on the school’s mission and philosophy”, said Glendenning” and it will be interesting to see the particular applications presented by schools.” Technology has a variety of applications; some teachers may use it to replace their own lectures even as an “flipped classroom” where students use technology as homework and class time for internalizing and massaging what has been learned; others may use it to broaden a course or program or as an aid to diagnosing and assessing a student’s level of achievement. When reviewing nominations, the review committee will consider the ease of access by students, relevance to curriculum outcomes, and the level of engagement by students, teachers and the community. “I’m sure that there will be some new applications,” said Glendenning.

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