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Arizona Education Parent Network - Campaign for Quality Education and Jobs
There is a growing academic and societal need for the integration of academic activities among themselves and with Society, including private and public sectors. An increasing number of academics have noticed the importance of integrating Research, Education, and Problem Solving among themselves and with societal and corporate real life problems. Information and Communications Technologies enabled different ways of supporting these kinds of integration processes. Informing Science is at the heart of academic activities (research, education, and consulting).
More information at: http://www.iiis2011.org/demset/website/default.asp?vc=51
By Claire Gordon, Posted Sep 14th 2011 @ 1:33PM
Today the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released some hard numbers that confirm this startling decline of the West and the rise of the rest. Although the West that's declining is almost exclusively America.
By JUSTIN POPE 09/14/11 11:08 AM ET
- Scores on the critical reading portion of the SAT college entrance exam fell three points to their lowest level on record last year, and combined reading and math scores reached their lowest point since 1995.
The College Board, which released the scores Wednesday, said the results reflect the record number of students from the high school class of 2011 who took the exam and the growing diversity of the test-taking pool – particularly Hispanics. As more students aim for college and take the exam, it tends to drag down average scores.
Still, while the three-point decline to 497 may look small in the context of an 800-point test, it was only the second time in the last two decades reading scores have fallen as much in a single year. And reading scores are now notably lower than scores as recently as 2005, when the average was 508.
The White House has announced that the 2012 budget will include a request for funds to create a DARPA type agency for education. It will be called the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Education. It will support research on breakthrough technologies to enhance learning. Typical areas include software that is as effective as a personal tutor.
This is direct from the education part of President Obama’s State of the Union address that stated America would “out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world.” The driving goal is to reenergize and provide a long range engine for our economy.
The agency will manage a $2 billion grant program for sharable web-based education tools.
This makes passing of SB1452 even more critical. The heart of SB1452 is the Digital Learning Center. Its design specifications make it the perfect attractor for this new education technology innovation fund. Arizona already has the world’s largest cluster of eLearning enterprises. Our combo of eLearning enterprise cluster and Digital Learning Center integrated with Arizona’s 2100 eLearning adopting schools and leading eLearning research institutes in our colleges of education will make us the perfect state to garner our unfair share of these critical R&D funds.
Note the last sentence in the first paragraph and the simulated "tutor factor" bell shaped graphic below. Maybe someone was listening Dexter Fletcher and eSATS over all these decades!