The Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard kicks off at 2 p.m. ET, Sept. 10 — the last chance for drivers to make the field of 16 for the NASCAR Playoffs.RELATED: Driver points standings and playoff standings“I am honored that Chevrolet asked me to drive the Camaro ZL1 Pace Car in one of the biggest races of the year,” Earnhardt said in a release from Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “The fan in me was already looking forward to this event. It’s a big race. There is a lot at stake since it’s the final chance for the teams and drivers to make the Playoffs. So, I hope to do a good job leading the field to the green flag, but I can promise you I’ll soak in every minute and enjoy the Brickyard in a way I never have before.”Now an analyst for NBC Sports, Dale Jr. made his final start at the Brickyard as a full-time driver July 23, 2017. He crashed out, finishing 36th. In 17 starts at Indianapolis, Junior had one top 5, five top 10s and an average finish of 19.8. The final race before the 2018 NASCAR Playoffs kick off is special at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year, and it has a special pace car driver, too: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
To provide more incentive for teachers to fine tune their lessons, their salaries may soon be tied to their students’ progress under a new federal program. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The state’s new Alaska Measures of Progress tests have caused some concern, particularly in homeschooling communities, but local School Board member Dan Castimore says he supports the new approach to student exams… Instead of grading a student based on their answers to one exam, the AMP tests will track a student’s progress throughout their schooling career and show how that child has grown. Some parents have resisted the idea of the state monitoring children so closely. Castimore said in order for teaching methods to improve, educators need to be able to see how students process their lessons. Castimore: “Well hopefully if it’s used right it will change dramatically because now teachers will know what their strength and weaknesses are, what they need to improve and what they do well, and at the same time parents will be able to say hey my kid is struggling in this category or in this section. And at the beginning of the year for the next teacher they’ll be able to evaluate all their students and say okay I know that Jimmy here needs to spend more time on fractions and they can start to tailor their program on the kids coming in.” Castimore: “The AMP test is actually going to start allowing us in the future to show the progress that a student has made. So if a student comes in to fifth grade and they’re reading at a third grade level and they move to a fifth grade level, that shows two years of growth. So maybe they’re not at a sixth grade level when they get to sixth grade but at least we’ve shown hey they’ve made two years worth of progress in one year and so we can start to show progress instead of just showing where they’re at right now.”