Tuesday, March 25, 2014

ODE Practice Test to Get Ready for the Ohio Achievement Assessment

In Ohio, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) oversees and monitors charter schools, public school districts, educational and regional educational providers, early learning and child care programs, joint vocational school districts, and private schools. The Education department is also responsible for developing the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to evaluate the knowledge and proficiency of the Grade 3 through 8 students in Maths, Reading, Science, Social Studies, and Writing at the end of each grade for promotion to the next grade. The development of the Achievement Assessment Test (AAT)) also meets the Ohio's Academic Content Standard requirement, a necessity of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). The Act requires all states to establish the minimum academic standards for evaluating the maths and reading knowledge of the grade 3 - 8 students.
The Ohio Department of Education has also developed ODE Practice Tests with the actual OAA test questions. The basic aim of the Sample test is to get ready students for the AAT, measure their knowledge on various subjects at the end of each grade, and find out what they have learned in the classroom. The Sample Test also assists students in understanding the Achievement Assessment (AA) testing process and test questions. The families and teachers can also evaluate their child's performance level through the test, and find out how far students have understood their classroom subjects. The teachers can also develop their own online Sample Tests with the actual AAT questions provided on the ODE Practice Test.
The Department of Education has also produced Online Practice Tests as an additional resource for the statewide assessment and OAA Assessment. The online tests serve four purposes for the education department including:
  • Help students know about the test, test score, performance level, possible points, and what they need to learn in different subjects for the test by the end of each term.

  • Students can take a Practice Test with actual test questions and prepare for Achievement assessment.

  • The teachers can see the actual Test questions and develop their own Practice Test for the students. They can offer these tests to students, and on the basis of the scores, teachers can assess the knowledge and performance of the students.

  • The students can find real test questions, learn scoring process and see scores, know their performance for each question, find out where they are lagging and how they can improve.
The Ohio sample tests for different grades are also available in PDF formats, large print versions, administration manuals, and answer documents.

By Subodh Maheshwari

Dealer or Beggar?

The question in the title sounds a little absurd at a glance. Back in the days, beggars would attract lots of sympathy as they used to be very genuine in their situations. This is however something that has changed with the passage of time. As needs surpass the available money and resources, many people have taken to begging but also use this as a means to cover up their main activity of selling (often illegal substances).
They pose as helpless homeless beggars. This is not to say that there are no genuine homeless people in great need. Unfortunately there are and the genuine homeless needy beggars still do exist.
However, it has just become very hard to distinguish between the genuine and the fake beggars. The fakers have come to ruin the day for the genuine beggars since people have refrained from giving their money to them.
The Fake Beggars
Most of them just want to have an easy life without working for it. They will choose a specific begging spot or move from place to place depending on where they feel they can make a kill or where they need to if they are peddling drugs.
Even though most large cities will get rid of beggars, they still find a way of getting what they want. Whereas there are very genuine needy street beggars, it has become very hard to tell who is who. This is especially so in cities which have been cited as notorious when it comes to the fake beggars.
Peddlers Disguised as Beggars
One of the problems today is that beggars have become an easy medium for the peddling of illegal substances. The street peddlers disguise as beggars only to wait for clients to come and buy what they have. This is usually a well-planned game with the buyers knowing the sellers quite well. Unless you have a very keen eye, it is hard to notice that anything has changed hands within a few seconds between the two parties. These kinds of beggars reap twice as much. This is because they still touch the hearts of sympathetic passer-bys who give them alms, and they also make a killing with the substances they are selling.
In some cases, they will play the role of a bridge between the illegal substance dealers and the large buyers. Since it can be very inhumane to mishandle beggars, they rarely get suspected of anything. They therefore make the trade very easy between the buyers and sellers. The only way police officers or security officers can manage to tell genuine and fake beggars is through close monitoring. In some cases, the beggars have been followed when going home only to discover that they live very posh lives.
Private Investigation Work
As a PI company we have had some experience monitoring street activity to try and distinguish between genuine beggars and drug peddlers. It can be very difficult and long and laborious work.
The monitoring can be costly and tedious, especially since the beggars/peddlers are scattered in the cities. It also might not pay off when all the time has been spent monitoring one beggar only to find that indeed he or she was a genuine beggar.

By Meini Listanti

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Reasons to Teach English in Costa Rica

Are you a fan of the volunteer projects that allow you to serve different communities and enjoy a totally new culture, whilst making a good deed in the same time? Do you like to give a helping hand to all of the persons who need your assistance now more than ever? If you would enjoy working with little children as well as with adults, then here is the perfect opportunity for you: being a volunteer teacher and helping others learn English in Costa Rica. One of the main reasons that push people to teach English in Costa Rica is the fact that they can make a tremendous impact on the future of all the persons there who are extremely eager to broaden their horizons and grasp the basic concepts behind the world's most important international language. There are many volunteering possibilities in this gorgeous country and they include everything from teaching foreign languages to being a part of the Costa Rica dog rescue teams.
The official language in Costa Rica is Spanish, but there are other recognized regional languages as well which include Mekatelyu, Patois and Bribri. This makes it extremely clear that there is a lack of English language speakers in the region and this is an extremely unfortunate fact. Keeping in mind that Costa Rica is considered to be the most developed and safe country in the entire Central America region, there is no reason not to participate in a learning project here. The country is a magnet for more than 2 million tourists every single year, but how many of them stop and remain for a while to dedicate their efforts towards the locals for a change? Apart from the safety of the country and the fact that there is a great need for English teachers and assistants, other possible reasons to take the trip to Costa Rica for a project of this sort would include the perfect climate, large number of things to visit and activities to undergo, as well as the wildlife and adventure possibilities present there.
Out of the official ethnic groups recorded in Costa Rica according to the latest census of 2011, around 65.8% of the country's population is White or Castizo. However, this does not mean that all of these persons know how to speak English. As a matter of fact, the percentage is far lower and the situation is looking fairly gloom, which is a further reason to give a helping hand and offer as a volunteer for English courses in this beautiful and breathtaking country. Many international voices speak about the fact that tourists often come to this land of pristine sceneries only to gaze at the amazing natural sights, but few persons actually remain or plan a trip with the purpose to offer assistance to the locals rather then just satisfying their own needs for travelling. This can now change with the help of professional and dedicated companies that anyone can find online. They will guide you through all of the steps that you have to take, as well as help you with everything you need to know. Remember, there are 4,586,353 persons living in Costa Rica and they are all expecting your help!

By Groshan Fabiola

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