Mechanics Baseline 2011/12

Last week in Physics 12 we finished mechanics. From here on in it will be electricity, electricity, electricity. Shocking, I know…. To finish off mechanics, I gave my students a mechanics baseline test for the second time. The first time was during the 2nd week of school, back in September. The results are in, and I suppose that in some ways these results are a measure of: time spent on the topics teacher effectiveness student engagement tutor effectiveness (many of my students have tutors) student aptitude in the time frame and conditions given For 51 students, the overall average in September was 40%.

Ranks and Needs

Just for kicks I check out some of the Fraser Institutes Secondary School Rankings yesterday. I was curious as to how of the slightly “alternative” schools rank. However, I noticed something else that really struck me as being important. A casual look at school rankings reveals that if a school has a Special Needs population of around 9% or higher, their school ranking is almost for sure going to be lower than 160 (out of total of 260).