The Norman Transcript

February 20, 2014

Education briefs


The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — NPS finishes making up snow days

With the use of President’s Day as a designated snow day on Monday, Norman Public Schools made up for the five snow days it incurred — to date — during the current school year.

So far this school year, the district has canceled school for five days because of inclement winter weather. Two of the lost days were made up by students attending school on the first two designated snow days on the Board of Education-adopted 2013-14 school calendar. The other three lost days were made up using accumulated, additional instructional minutes to the school day.

State law allows districts to meet the minimum requirement for a school year using either minutes or days to calculate their school year.

NPS’ extra minutes account for six instructional days for this school year, and the calendar includes four designated snow days. Thus, NPS can incur 10 lost school days due to inclement weather this school year without having to adjust its school calendar at the end of the school year to meet state requirements.

For more information, visit norman.k12.ok.us.

Bloomberg to host financial aptitude test

University of Oklahoma students will join the ranks of 130,000 global test takers from more than 1,500 universities when they take the Bloomberg Aptitude Test on Friday.

The free testing session will be hosted by Bloomberg LP. After registering at takethebat.com, students should report from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday to OU’s Adams Hall, Room 300.

The test represents an opportunity for college students and recent graduates to find employment in finance or general business with minimal time investment. Test takers receive a detailed score report for resumes and interviews, and student profiles are also placed into Bloomberg’s Talent Search job recruitment database.

The test features 100 multiple choice questions that evaluate students’ abilities as relative to a career in finance. All questions on the test assess aptitude rather than knowledge, so background in finance is not necessary to succeed.

No preparation is required, although completion of an introductory economics course is recommended.

While on-campus tests are free, the same test is available from a home computer at a cost of $69.

For more information, contact Joel Pruett at jp07@ou.edu.

Startup Weekend set at OU

Creators, doers and visionaries aspiring to launch new startups will come together Friday through Sunday to launch innovative business ideas in 54 hours at the University of Oklahoma Startup Weekend event.

Startup Weekend OU is part of the national Startup Weekend event series, sponsored by Google for Entrepreneurs.

Participants will get access to networking sessions as well as meals for the entire weekend with a $40 registration fee. For students with any valid student ID, the fee is $25.

The event will take place on OU’s Research Campus at the Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth in Three Partners Place, 201 David L. Boren Blvd., Suite 100.

To register, visit ou.startupweekend.org.

— Transcript Staff

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