Our football stats are new and improved this year, but you might need a math teacher to explain how they work and what they show. (I hope so.) The box-and-whisker plots contain lots of information, just for fun.
Articles by Paul Katula
When the Oklahoma State Board of Education denied a diploma Friday to a student who was unable to pass the state’s high school exit exam, it reminded me of just how different laws are in different states, districts, and territories. Illinois has no such requirement, while Maryland students have to pass exams in biology, English, and algebra in order to graduate from high school
Very few people have responded so far to a survey created by us and Illinois Marching Online, but we report that about half the band directors in Illinois would not like to see a state championship series sponsored by the IHSA, and the other half aren’t sure IHSA should run it. Not enough responses yet to reach any conclusions, so we’re keeping the survey open for a while longer.
In Kansas, where the whole creationism-evolution debate for our public schools began more than a decade ago, candidates for seats on the State Board of Education are being questioned about their beliefs and how they feel about changing the state’s biology curriculum for the sixth time since 1997.
The US Department of Education announced Wednesday that it will give more than $21.5 million to 43 states in order to assist low-income students with fees for Advanced Placement testing this school year.
The Fordham Institute issued a report yesterday, detailing the results of a survey about how Americans think schools could save money. We comment on a few questions in that survey.
We provide an updated explanation of our football predictive statistics, alpha and delta, which can be useful in predicting which team will win an Illinois high school varsity football game.
We have added “History for seniors” to the season-at-a-glance table for each Illinois varsity football team, showing any games played between the teams on the current schedule since the 2009 season, when current seniors were freshmen. And, we’re adding graphics to compare stats from this year to those from last year.
A new Advanced Placement course for biology, to be used on the 2012-2013 test, is being well received by science teachers.
Some of the differences between show-style bands and corps-style bands could bring both types of high school marching band to a learning experience that could open doors for all band students.