A majority of students and parents participating in a recent Gallup poll said formative and interim assessments are useful in the classroom. Support for state-run standardized testing was lower, with 41% of students saying such assessments are helpful to learning, and 26% of parents saying they help improve the quality of teaching.
Amazon and other companies have promised to hire more than 110,000 veterans and military spouses during the next five years as part of the White House's Joining Forces initiative. Joining Forces, launched in 2011, has helped more than 1.2 million veterans and military spouses get training and find jobs, first lady Michelle Obama and second lady Jill Biden say.
Focus on learning, not grade point averages. That is just one life lesson that science, technology, engineering and math classes teach students at the New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School. In this blog post, students share what they have learned, including to remain open when it comes to choosing a career.
The US economy added 160,000 nonfarm jobs last month, the smallest increase since September and fewer than the 202,000 economists polled by Reuters had forecast. The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5%.
Delhaize-owned Food Lion will enter the grocery delivery game through a partnership with Instacart, which will deliver groceries from the retailer in the Charlotte, N.C., market. The move marks Instacart's entry into North Carolina, bringing the grocery delivery service's presence to 22 US metropolitan areas.
Only 1% of cities have air pollution bad enough that the health risks of cycling for 30 minutes per day outside are higher than the benefits of the exercise, according to a study in the journal Preventive Medicine. Researchers did computer simulations to analyze pollution levels and the risks and benefits of walking or cycling outdoors.
Nearly 96% of social media marketers say Facebook offers the greatest return on investment for brands and businesses, according to a survey by Social Fresh, Firebrand Group and Simply Measured. Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Pinterest round out the top five.
Best Buy's hiring of former Accenture executive Trish Walker as its president of services last month brought the total number of women on the top executive team to six out of 10. The retailer has been on a mission to reach more women shoppers, launching a wedding registry last year and opening mini-shops in Macy's stores during the holidays.
There are two main reasons Netflix is not investing in immersive virtual reality content at this time, said CEO Reed Hastings: The market is still too small, and the technology is more suited to gaming than viewing. The Netflix app is available on Google Cardboard and Oculus Rift headsets for 2D viewing, but Hastings said immersive VR content will not immediately be a factor for the company.
The FDA has released its final tobacco rules regulating all cigar and electronic cigarette products. The rules impose sale restrictions for youths under age 18 and mandate new health warnings on the product's labels. Makers of newly deemed tobacco products that reached the market after Feb. 15, 2007, will be required to apply retroactively for approval, but they will have a year to file for an exemption, 18 months to file an application saying their product has an equivalent already on the market and two years to file for premarket approval. The FDA regulations go into effect in 90 days.
AT&T vowed Thursday to hire 20,000 veterans over the next four years, double its current commitment, in response to the Obama administration's Joining Forces initiative. The carrier, which has taken on 10,000 vets since 2013, said it will provide training and support for the workers. T-Mobile reaffirmed its intent to hire 5,000 vets and family members through 2021.
A quarter of the steel in the 84-year-old Arlington Memorial Bridge in Washington, D.C., is "no longer usable" and will interfere with maintenance. The National Park Service has released four design options to reinforce and redesign the bridge.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is looking for opportunities to sign power purchase agreements with wind, solar and other renewable energy projects. The utility said it is seeking to expand its renewables portfolio and that it would prefer PPAs that are 20 or 25 years in length. TVA is "committed to using sources of cleaner energy while maintaining our mandate for least-cost principles," said spokesman Scott Brooks.
Customers placed 34 orders for commercial aircraft in April from Boeing. Large orders included an order for 15 787-9 aircraft from China Eastern Airlines, as well as an order for 10 737-800 aircraft from an unidentified customer.
China's Bellagio Shanghai will open in 2017 with five treatment rooms in its Zen spa, which will boast separate men's and women's wet areas equipped with saunas and steam rooms, panoramic coed sauna, a vitality pool, indoor pool with tepidarium, fitness studio and relaxation lounge. It will also feature a couples' treatment room and a VIP treatment room.