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ISTEP+ Scores Kept Sealed, Reporting Issues With Test

first_imgBy James PolstonTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS—Parents, students, and teachers awaiting the results of the spring 2018 ISTEP+ tests will have to wait a little bit longer.The Indiana Department of Education released a statement Thursday saying it will not be presenting ISTEP+ results as planned at the Sept. 5 meeting of the State Board of Education. The results had been embargoed until then.In a separate statement released later Thursday, IDOE reported they have received word this week from Pearson that there are issues involving a 10th-grade mathematics graphing item and third through eighth and 10thgrade document image reconciliation associated with the final ISTEP+ spring 2018 results.Pearson Education is a British-owned education publishing and assessment service that the IDOE uses to administer the ISTEP+ test.IDOE said officials are currently working with Pearson to reconcile the data for the affected students and redeliver final data and reporting. The department also said it anticipates only a small percentage of students in third through eighth and 10th grade will be affected. Further updates will be provided as more information is made available.Footnote: James Polston is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Calls from CUs to members still being erroneously blocked

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Calls from credit unions and other legitimate businesses are still being blocked or mislabeled as spam, CUNA and other organizations wrote to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Monday.The letter was sent in response to the FCC’s rulemaking implementing the TRACED Act, which requires the FCC to ensure robocall blocking services are provided with transparent and effective redress options for callers whose calls are erroneously blocked.“Consumers are harmed when outbound calling numbers used by lawful businesses are mislabeled, or calls from those numbers are blocked, because they may not receive lawful calls affecting their health, safety, or financial well-being. These calls include, for example, safety alerts, fraud alerts, data security breach notifications, product safety recall notices, healthcare and prescription reminders, power outage updates, and other necessary account updates and reminders needed to maintain financial health,” the letter reads. “Some calls placed to consumers are required by federal or state regulators, such as certain mortgage servicing calls. It is critical for consumers that these calls be completed without delay.”last_img read more

Rasmussen is proving you can nab a family-friendly home for under $200,000

first_imgTHE Upper Ross suburb of Rasmussen is offering buyers huge value for money with a tidy three-bedroom home recently selling for under $200,000.Craig Pearce from Ray White Kirwan sold 14 Amber Ave for $185,000 on July 13 to an investor impressed with the property’s expected gross yield of 7.5 per cent.Median house prices in Rasmussen have decreased 23.4 per cent in 12 months to $295,000, well below the Townsville average of $340,000 according to the latest CoreLogic figures.Houses are staying on the market for an average of 82 days and 97 houses have sold in the last 12 months.The suburb has a high stock of family-friendly homes and represents a huge opportunity for first home buyers wanting to get on the property ladder or the savvy investor looking for rental return.Mr Pearce said 14 Amber Ave was originally listed for $215,000 before the asking price was dropped to $199,000 which resulted in a huge increase in interest.“The owner has done some painting and put in some new airconditioners so it was well presented,” he said.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“Anything under $200,000 attracts first home buyers and investors looking for a good return on their money.“Once it went down under $200,000 we had people coming through the door that tended to be young people looking for a first home, older people looking for an investment and single parent families.” The home is on a 604sq m block and features three bedrooms, separate family room, one bathroom and carport.A large undercover patio leads out to the back yard while there is also a garden shed and solar hot water system. Mr Pearce said property presentation was just as important for affordable properties as it was for luxury homes.“It comes down to the size of the home and the presentation,” he said.“If a home is represented well, is clean and tidy, really well maintained and listed for under $200,000 then it’s going to attract quite a lot of attention.”last_img read more