ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after a second quarter touchdown pass against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Clemson’s star freshman quarterback, Trevor Lawrence, had one question following his team’s dominant win over Notre Dame tonight.Where’s the confetti?Lawrence, a first-year quarterback, was playing in his first college football bowl game. He expected there to be some confetti pouring down onto the field after his team’s big win over the Fighting Irish.“Where’s the confetti?! I thought it was a bowl game?” Lawrence questioned live on ESPN following the game.I mean, Trevor Lawrence has a point. Clemson won a bowl game… right? No confetti?— Brian Rosenthal (@GBRosenthal) December 30, 2018The confetti can wait for next week, apparently.Clemson has moved on to the national title game, where it’ll face the winner of the Alabama-Oklahoma game.If Lawrence plays in that game like he did tonight, the Tigers will have a real chance at giving Dabo Swinney his second national championship.Clemson is expected to enter its contest against Alabama as a 7-point underdog (or a favorite if the opponent is Oklahoma).
Grade 6 students in Nova Scotia continue to do well in readingand writing. The 2004 elementary literacy assessment shows that89 per cent of Grade 6 students are meeting expectations inwriting, and 87 per cent are doing so in reading. The 2004 assessment shows an improvement in writing with an eightper cent increase in the number of students meeting expectations.This achievement is significant because the criteria for meetingexpectations in writing were raised in this year’s assessment.Although there was a decrease of two per cent in reading, theresults remain high. “I’m pleased that so many students are succeeding in reading andwriting again this year,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir.”The writing results have really improved and we know teachersand students have worked hard to make that happen.” The assessment is part of the province’s Learning for Life planto help students reach their full potential. It measures readingand writing skills that students have developed in their firstlanguage by the end of Grade 5 and helps identify students whoneed extra help. “This assessment is important because it identifies students whoare struggling in reading and/or writing,” said Mr. Muir.”Support for students in reading and writing will continue to bea priority this year and students who need extra help to catch upbefore they go to junior high will get it.” After the initial elementary literacy assessment in 2003, thedepartment made an investment of $1 million to help schoolsprovide extra support for students who did not meet expectations.Additional funding to support students not meeting expectationsin the 2004 assessment will be considered as part of the springbudget. The department has also invested more than $3 million this yearthrough its Literacy Success Strategy, to provide support toteachers and students in reading, writing, and grammar. “The literacy support plan is just one initiative to supportstudents,” said Lynn Landry, Grade 6 teacher at Caudle ParkElementary. “The department has implemented many others, likeWriters in Action and Active Young Readers, and has provided in-service training for teachers and helpful resources for teachersand students. These initiatives support all students and, inparticular, help to bridge the gap for students who arestruggling in reading and writing.” Parents should get their children’s results this week. Teachersand parents will then work together on literacy support plans forstudents who need more support to improve their reading, writing,or both. The support will continue through the junior high years. Alice Galpin-Nicholson, parent of a Grade 7 student at RidgecliffMiddle School, is pleased with the support her son has receivedafter not meeting expectations in writing in last year’sassessment. “As a result of the support he’s received, my son is moreconfident in his writing ability,” said Ms. Galpin-Nicholson.”This has been a tremendous benefit for my son and I applaud theDepartment of Education, the school board and Ridgecliff MiddleSchool for implementing this initiative.” The department made some changes to this year’s assessment tobetter align it with others in Nova Scotia and otherjurisdictions — students’ writing had to meet expectations inideas, organization and matters of correctness (spelling, grammarand usage). In 2003, students’ writing had to meet expectationsin ideas and organization only. In addition, the format of theassessment itself was improved in response to feedback fromstudents and teachers. Nova Scotia teachers helped develop the assessment, set thestandards for meeting expectations and field-tested it withstudents across the province. More than 100 teachers helped markthe assessment earlier this year. In addition, school boards areproviding teachers with professional development to help themdevelop literacy support plans. English results of the 2004 Elementary Literacy Assessment areavailable on the website at www.ednet.ns.ca. French results werereleased on March 8 and are also available online.