TESTING - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/TESTING News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) DNA alternative to Pap smear sparks medical debate http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57822912-68/test-hpv-women-cancer.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57822912-68/test-hpv-women-cancer.html.csp">DNA alternative to Pap smear sparks medical debate</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MATTHEW PERRONE</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-15T13:40:57.279-06:00">Updated Apr 15, 2014 01:40PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • A high-tech screening tool for cervical cancer is facing pushback from more than a dozen patient groups, who warn that the genetic test could displace a simpler, cheaper and more established mainstay of women’s health: the Pap smear. The new test from Roche uses DNA to detect the human papillomavirus, or HPV, which causes nearly all cases of cervical cancer. While such technology has been available for years, Roche now wants the FDA to approve its test as a first-choice option for c...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-578229122014-04-15T13:40:57.279-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-15T13:40:57.279-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57822912@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:40:57 MDT Testing gives new life to ‘Jesus Wife’ papyrus http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57803475-80/jesus-papyrus-king-fragment.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57803475-80/jesus-papyrus-king-fragment.html.csp">Testing gives new life to ‘Jesus Wife’ papyrus</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By DAVID GIBSON</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Religion News Service</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-11T15:07:47.903-06:00">Updated Apr 11, 2014 03:07PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">A year and a half after unveiling a slip of papyrus that she dubbed “The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife,” Harvard Bible scholar Karen King on Thursday released results of long-delayed testing on the controversial fragment that appear to show it is not a modern forgery. But a host of questions remain, with some experts still wondering whether it is a fake and others questioning the value of the tests. Still others are asking whether the “gospel” and its suggestion that Jesus could have had a flesh-and-blo...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57803475@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:07:47 MDT More Utah parents saying ‘no’ to statewide school tests http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57771592-78/parents-tests-students-state.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57771592-78/parents-tests-students-state.html.csp">More Utah parents saying ‘no’ to statewide school tests</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By lisa schencker</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-07T16:08:42.27-06:00">Updated Apr 7, 2014 04:08PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">This month and next, hundreds of thousands of Utah students will sit before computers to take new state tests. At least several hundred others, however, will simply sit the whole thing out. Some Utah school districts are reporting higher numbers this year of parents opting their kids out of new state testing — known as SAGE. Parents have always had the right to keep their kids from testing, but this year’s higher numbers come amid anxiety over the new assessments. The state school board decided ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57771592@www.sltrib.com Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:08:42 MDT Rhee: Opting out of standardized tests is the wrong answer http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57784436-82/standardized-tests-schools-students.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57784436-82/standardized-tests-schools-students.html.csp">Rhee: Opting out of standardized tests is the wrong answer</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Michelle Rhee</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Special to The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-07T05:46:02.677-06:00">Updated Apr 7, 2014 05:46AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">No, tests are not fun — but they’re necessary. Stepping on the bathroom scale can be nerve-racking, but it tells us if that exercise routine is working. Going to the dentist for a checkup every six months might be unpleasant, but it lets us know if there are cavities to address. In education, tests provide an objective measurement of how students are progressing — information that’s critical to improving public schools. But in places like Colorado, Connecticut and New York, we’re seeing a new an...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57784436@www.sltrib.com Mon, 07 Apr 2014 05:46:02 MDT Software problems could slow combat for Utah’s new F-35s http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57727814-90/software-force-report-gao.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57727814-90/software-force-report-gao.html.csp">Software problems could slow combat for Utah’s new F-35s</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By nate carlisle</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-25T22:33:56.414-06:00">Updated Mar 25, 2014 10:33PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">A squadron of the U.S. military’s new fighter jet is landing at Hill Air Force Base next year, but a government report says software problems could prevent the F-35 from flying into combat on schedule. The report from the Government Accountability Office says the F-35 may need an extra 13 months to be ready. It’s not the engines or the wings or anything mechanical that’s causing delays, but the millions of lines of computer code that help make the F-35 the most sophisticated fighter jet U.S. p...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57727814@www.sltrib.com Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:33:56 MDT Paul Rolly: For Utah teachers, all that testing is cramping learning http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57707764-90/students-teachers-testing-state.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57707764-90/students-teachers-testing-state.html.csp">Paul Rolly: For Utah teachers, all that testing is cramping learning</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By paul rolly</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-20T22:00:28.764-06:00">Updated Mar 20, 2014 10:00PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Tension among teachers over the inordinate amount of standardized testing they are required to give students is steadily mounting. Already under attack from right-wing legislators beholden to home-school lobbyists and other anti-public education special interests, many teachers have expressed frustration over the instruction time they lose to standardized testing. The exams take away from preparation time, too, because teachers must grade some of the tests themselves. All the while, the Legisla...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57707764@www.sltrib.com Thu, 20 Mar 2014 22:00:28 MDT Parker: Easier tests won’t make smarter students http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57659649-82/students-college-test-sat.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57659649-82/students-college-test-sat.html.csp">Parker: Easier tests won’t make smarter students</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Kathleen Parker</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-10T16:21:17.921-06:00">Updated Mar 10, 2014 04:21PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">When the going gets tough, well, why not just make the going easier? This seems to be the conclusion of the College Board, which administers the dreaded SAT college entrance exam. Recently announced “improvements” to the test are designed, say board officials, to better gauge what students actually study and learn in high school. Shouldn’t take too long. Thus, the new SAT will take less time and consist of multiple-choice questions as follows: (a) yes; (b) no; (c) maybe; (d) none of the above. F...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57659649@www.sltrib.com Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:21:17 MDT Letter: More tech, fewer days in class won’t help Utah kids http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57625350-82/teachers-allow-districts-lockhart.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57625350-82/teachers-allow-districts-lockhart.html.csp">Letter: More tech, fewer days in class won’t help Utah kids</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-04T13:33:24.415-06:00">Updated Mar 4, 2014 01:33PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">After reading Rep. Becky Lockhart’s proposal to place iPads in the hands of all Utah students, and then turning a few pages to read about SB103 to allow school districts to cut days from the school year, I was dismayed. The technology Rep. Lockhart wants to spend $200 million to purchase will be obsolete in a few years. Studies have consistently shown that the most important factor in student learning is a highly qualified teacher. That money would be much better spent in attracting and retai...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57625350@www.sltrib.com Tue, 04 Mar 2014 13:33:24 MDT Paul Rolly: Critics give Granite’s testing program an F http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57547236-90/district-teachers-program-says.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57547236-90/district-teachers-program-says.html.csp">Paul Rolly: Critics give Granite’s testing program an F</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-17T21:39:44.031-06:00">Updated Feb 17, 2014 09:39PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">At least one junior high teacher in Granite School District says her job has been threatened if she does not submit test results from a district-required online exam by Friday. Ann Florence, who teaches English at Wasatch Junior High, says she is not the only instructor who has resisted the Acuity testing program the district uses to measure student progress in English, math and science. And, she says, it is the latest battle between the district and teachers who argue they are saddled with tes...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57547236@www.sltrib.com Mon, 17 Feb 2014 21:39:44 MDT