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Students Could Take SAT At Home If Schools Remain Closed

first_imgPhoto: PxhereJAMESTOWN – A home version of the SAT college entrance exam is being prepared in case schools remain closed into the fall, College Board officials said Wednesday as they announced the cancellation of June testing.Instead of a paper-and-pencil test given under proctors’ supervision, the home version would be digital and rely on “remote proctoring.” That could include using the computer’s camera and microphone to monitor movement or talking, College Board President Jeremy Singer said on a conference call with reporters.The rival ACT also will launch an at-home option in late fall or early winter, the exam’s administrators said Wednesday.“We would much prefer that schools reopen but we are ready to innovate and deliver in the unlikely case we need to,” College Board Chief Executive David Coleman said. Coronavirus-related school closures forced the cancellation of spring testing for about 1 million first-time SAT test-takers, the majority of them high school juniors planning to enter college in 2021, College Board officials said. The national June 6 session is the latest to be canceled.“We would much prefer that schools reopen but we are ready to innovate and deliver in the unlikely case we need to,” College Board Chief Executive David Coleman said.The three-hour, multiple choice test measures math and English language arts proficiency. The ACT also has a science component.Most colleges require SAT or ACT exam scores as part of the application process, though an increasing number of institutions have made them optional in recent years, often to be more inclusive of students without access to private test-preparation available to wealthier peers.In response to the coronavirus, California’s public universities and several other institutions around the country have made the tests optional only for 2021 applicants.If it’s safe, the College Board will resume and expand in-person SAT testing in August, with Saturday sessions offered once a month through December, officials said. Students who had planned to take the SAT for free in school this spring can instead take it in the fall.The not-for-profit College Board earlier announced plans to offer Advanced Placement final exams at home for high school students whose schools will remain closed through the May testing dates. The College Board has offered to help students and schools secure devices and internet access if needed. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Swansea confirm departures

first_img Both players will play in the Qatari Stars League with centre-back Flores linking up with former Swansea manager Michael Laudrup at champions Lekhwiya and midfielder Hernandez joining Al-Arabi. Both transfers are subject to international clearance but the moves will end two-year spells for the Spaniards at the Liberty Stadium. Press Association Swansea have confirmed the departures of Spanish pair Chico Flores and Pablo Hernandez for undisclosed fees. center_img Chico, 25, made 75 appearances for Swansea after signing from Italian club Genoa and helped the club to Capital One Cup trophy success in 2013. “It feels like I am leaving my family,” Chico said. “I have really enjoyed my time here. When we won the cup it was one of the best moments in my career.” Hernandez, 29, was signed for a club record £5.55million from Valencia in August 2012. He made 57 appearances for Swansea but his time in South Wales was often interrupted by injury. Swansea hope to fill the loss of Chico by signing Federico Fernandez from Napoli and they are currently holding talks over personal terms with the Argentina centre-half having agreed a fee understood to be over £7m. last_img read more

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Cubs tuning out the noise as they work toward more wins

first_img“We can’t start to analyze baseball like football. It’s the equivalent of a quarterback dropping back on his first play from scrimmage and missing a guy open on an out pattern,” Epstein said. “That’s where we’re at in the season.”Early or not, the Cubs have shown their weaknesses, and until they start winning regularly, it’s going to stay loud while they try to prevent the buzz from entering the clubhouse. It was quiet there before Thursday’s game, and Heyward sat with a demeanor similar to deGrom’s months prior: relaxed and with the hood of his sweatshirt up over his head, a water bottle balancing on his right leg and his cell phone on his left, watching golf on the TV.“It’s not going to do anything to dwell on how well something is going, or when something may not go well because any moment it can change,” Heyward said. “That’s the humbling part of baseball.” MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNModern baseball is covered extensively and intensely, and the players are almost perpetually under a cacophony of feedback. TV, radio, newspapers, websites, blogs, their social media feeds — there is almost no escape from someone opining on their play. And when they’re doing poorly, the noise around the team only intensifies.Eight months after deGrom sat tuning out the TVs behind him, the home clubhouse at Wrigley was funeral-parlor quiet. The TVs — perhaps wisely — were tuned to a golf tournament. A few hours before playing the Pirates, members of the Cubs were scarce. The ones who were around practically whispered as they spoke to each other. The noise around the team had been mostly strident and negative for the two weeks since the season started.But ask and they’ll insist that they hear none of it.“It doesn’t matter. None of that stuff matters. Whether it’s going amazing or it’s going not how you want it to, that’s all going to happen often in the season, so those stories don’t really matter,” Jason Heyward told Sporting News. “The only story that matters is what happens at the end.”They’re bombarded with the noise, though. Kris Bryant shared during spring training that seeing the negativity on Twitter about his 2018 performance motivated him, but just days into the season said that he had deleted his Twitter to tune it all out. Even if they’re not plugged into social media, players still have to avoid everything else.“I don’t watch that s— or listen to whatever. I don’t have Twitter, none of that stuff because really at the end of the day it does not matter,” Heyward said, slowing down to emphasize the final three words.Heyward had a Twitter account but deleted it during the 2016 season when he was struggling mightily at the plate. A Facebook and an Instagram page remain, but nuking Twitter has done a lot to keep his life quiet. Heyward is loquacious about baseball in the clubhouse but guarded about his life off the field. He said that helps him keep things simple and in perspective.The catalyst for success for the Cubs might have to be about quieting the noise around them and keeping it out of the clubhouse as a whole. Sure, rolling out a long winning streak would do a lot to make that happen, but there’s the day-to-day angst to contend with in the meantime. Cubs manager Joe Maddon said before Monday’s home opener at Wrigley that he wants his team to focus more on the day in front of them and push aside the rest.“You’ve got to be careful with semantics, man, because you don’t know how everybody is going to interpret them,” Maddon said in response to a question about his team’s sense of urgency. “I want them to really process today, period. I want to stay in this moment and attack this moment as well as I possibly can.”The question of the Cubs’ sense of urgency sprung from the way the 2018 season ended, and it has been amplified since by their relative absence in the free-agent market during the winter and the sluggish start to the season. But, like Maddon, team president Theo Epstein isn’t in love with using the word “urgency,” either.“I think this entire ‘sense of urgency’ narrative or subject line has taken on a life of its own, and completely outside of the clubhouse,” Epstein said to reporters from the Cubs’ dugout before Monday’s game. “That storyline is completely over inside that clubhouse, and until we start winning it’s going to continue to be perpetuated outside. It was kind of over the first day of spring training. It was an offseason thing.”Epstein characterized the notion of urgency as just one part of the improvements proposed by players and staff after last season ended. They wanted to apply the appropriate amount of focus and preparation every single day, Epstein said. Some of the hyperfocus and overreaction to the first two weeks of games is a result of the sustained excellence over the past few seasons and the expectations to maintain it.“That’s a privilege, it’s not a burden,” Epstein said of the added attention and raised standards. “There are going to be times when you’re not living up to expectations and the heat’s going to be turned up a little bit. That’s the reality of the game and the modern game, the way it’s covered.”Unlike last season, particularly at the end, the Cubs’ primary problem this year has not been the offense. Through Wednesday’s games, they ranked sixth in baseball in wRC+ and slugging percentage. They have scored at least 10 runs in five of their eight games. It has been the pitching that has let them down so far. Through Wednesday, Chicago had the third-worst team ERA in baseball and the highest walk rate, at over 13 percent. If the Cubs are going to right the ship, then the pitchers have to stabilize, Maddon said, but when asked Monday if his relievers were pressing, he was again careful with his semantics.“That group is probably trying too hard. I don’t know if that’s pressing or not,” Maddon said.It’s not urgency, it’s about today. It’s not pressing, it’s trying too hard. Whatever words are used, the Cubs have that noise to quiet, and as Epstein said earlier this week, some of that comes from not overreacting to the small sample size of the early season. CHICAGO — On Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, Jacob deGrom sat in front of his locker in the visitor’s clubhouse at Wrigley Field with his shirt off and his back to the TVs that hung in the center of the locker room. MLB Network commentators Chris Rose and Kevin Millar were loudly insisting that deGrom couldn’t win the Cy Young because the Mets, 58-74 at the time, weren’t any good. Only once did deGrom turn slightly to acknowledge the on-air debate.In eight innings that night, deGrom struck out 10 Cubs batters and walked just one while giving up one run. The Mets wound up losing 2-1.last_img read more