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Killexams : Stephen Carter Makes the Case for Barring the Bar Exam

In a recent article in Bloomberg, prominent columnist and Yale Law School Professor Stephen Carter makes the case for abolishing the the bar exam as a requirement for admission to the legal profession. As he points out, the arguments usually advanced for abolishing the LSAT as a requirement for admission to law school also apply to requiring passing the bar exam as a precondition for entering the legal profession:

Should law school applicants still have to take the LSAT? A proposal by a committee of the American Bar Association would eliminate the longstanding rule that accredited law schools must require prospective students to take a "valid and reliable test" as part of the application process. If the LSAT is axed, maybe the bar exam should be next.

The recommendation to eliminate the admissions testing requirement comes amidst cascading charges that reliance on the Law School Admission Test hurts minority applicants. The proposition is sharply contested by many friends of diversity….  Some find it stigmatizing to be told they can't do as well on the test as White applicants. But given that the case against the test appears to have persuaded the wordily named Council of the ABA's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, let's assume for the sake of argument that the LSAT does indeed represent an unfair barrier to entry to the legal profession.

Why doesn't the same argument apply to the bar examination?

I'm serious.

Except in Wisconsin, nobody can practice law without passing the bar examination. Some states — California is the most prominent — require even lawyers who are licensed elsewhere to pass an examination if they want to move into the jurisdiction. Such rules function as classic barriers to entry, easily manipulated to keep the supply of lawyers low.

Moreover, the ABA admits that minority bar examination passage rates continue to lag. A 2021 study found that a rising percentage of non-White students at a law school is correlated with a reduction in the school's bar passage rate. Hmmm. If the LSAT is a problem because of its supposed effect on diversity, maybe the bar examination should join it in the waste bin. Or the exam could be optional, leaving employers to decide whether they want to require it.

The barrier to entry, even minority entry, might be justified if we could point to the vital public purpose the bar examination serves. That's harder than one might suppose….

Don't get me wrong. I'm not against standardized testing in every circumstance. For example, I'd support a plan under which the bar authorities would follow the medical profession in requiring a certification process before members can market themselves as specialists in particular fields. But there's no persuasive justification for forcing graduates of accredited law schools to jump through yet another hoop before they're allowed to practice their trade.

I've been on the anti-bar exam bandwagon for many years now. I first made the case for abolition back in 2009, along with a "modest proposal" for reform in case abolition turns out to be politically infeasible. I am pleased to welcome Prof. Carter to the small, but hopefully growing, Bar the Bar exam movement! His eloquence and stature in the legal world might enable him to  win more people over to the cause than I ever could.

He is absolutely right that the case against the LSAT also applies to bar exams. Carter is also right to point out that if bar exam passage had real value in predicting a lawyer's competence, employers could just adopt the requirement voluntarily. I made a similar argument back in 2010. Indeed, abolition of the bar exam requirement could incentivize both bar associations and other groups to create voluntary certification systems that measure lawyer quality much better than current bar exams do (the latter are mostly just tests of memorization).

The comparison with the LSAT actually understates the case for bar exam abolition. I don't have a strong view on whether the LSAT should be retained. But it does serve one useful function that bar exams do not. The LSAT gives law school admissions offices a common metric for evaluating applicants from hundreds of different undergraduate institutions, with widely divergent majors. It's hard to say whether an applicant who graduated with a 3.5 GPA from as a physics major form Podunk University really has comparable credentials to a person who got the same GPA as a political science major from Big State U. But if they both the same LSAT score, that makes it more likely their abilities are similar.

The LSAT might also make it easier for graduates of lesser-known institutions to compete with those who attended the Ivy League or other similar elite schools. If a Podunk grad got a higher LSAT score than a Harvard grad, that might be a good reason to pick the latter over the former, even if you normally would assign less weight to a Podunk degree than a Harvard one. Absent standardized testing, admissions officers will more often fall back on using school prestige as a proxy for applicant quality. That may be appealing if you're an elite college graduate (like me!). But not so much if you want to provide more opportunity to people who didn't attend such institutions - in some cases simply because they didn't fully mature and start working hard on academics until after high school.

None of this necessarily proves that law schools should retain the LSAT as an admissions requirement. It's possible that admissions offices should instead find better ways to assess applicants' undergraduate credentials, ones that rely less on crude proxies. Even if a standardized test of some kind should be used, the LSAT may not be the right one.

But these kinds of issues do provide potential rationales for the LSAT that do not apply to bar exams. Few if any legal employers use bar exam scores as a proxy for quality. Indeed, most states don't even make the scores available to test takers. If there are employers who believe that passing a memorization test really is a valuable credential, they have lots of other options, including just creating a simpler and easier to take memorization test of their own.

If employers want to ensure that  the lawyer they hire reaches some minimal threshold of intellectual ability or conscientiousness, that should be readily evident from their law school grades and other previous academic record. The bar exam adds little, if anything, to these credentials.

And, as I have pointed out before, the bar exam is not a good indicator of the test taker's competence in handling legal issues. Most of the thousands of petty rules tested are ones most lawyers never actually use when they practice law. Indeed, the vast majority of current practicing lawyers - including those at the very pinnacle of the profession - probably couldn't pass their state's bar exam again if they had to take it without studying. If the exam really did test knowledge that is essential for every lawyer to know, that would be a terrible scandal. But virtually everyone in the profession knows it doesn't. Instead, it's primarily a barrier to entry into the profession, keeping out people who are bad at memorization, or unable to take the time and effort to memorize many thousands of petty rules that you can then forget soon after taking the exam.

In sum, I hope more people with join Stephen Carter and myself in advocating abolition of the bar exam. But, if you're still not convinced, perhaps you might consider my "modest proposal" for reform:

Members of bar exam boards… and presidents and other high officials of state bar associations should be required to take and pass the bar exam every year by getting the same passing score that they require of ordinary test takers. Any who fail to pass should be immediately dismissed from their positions, and their failure publicly announced…. And they should be barred from ever holding those positions again until - you guessed it - they take and pass the exam.

After all, if the bar exam covers material that any practicing lawyer should know, then surely the lawyers who lead the state bar and administer the bar exam system itself should be required to know it. If they don't, how can they possibly be qualified for the offices they hold? Surely it's no excuse to say that they knew it back when they themselves took the test, but have since forgotten. How could any client rely on a lawyer who is ignorant of basic professional knowledge, even if he may have known it years ago?

Of course, few if any bar exam officials or state bar leaders could pass the bar exam without extensive additional study (some might fail even with it). That's because, as anyone who has taken a bar exam knows, they test knowledge of thousands of arcane legal rules that only a tiny minority of practicing lawyers ever use. This material isn't on the exam because you can't be a competent lawyer if you don't know it. It's there so as to make it more difficult to pass, thereby diminishing competition for current bar association members…. Effectively, bar exams screen out potential lawyers who are bad at memorization or who don't have the time and money to take a bar prep course or spend weeks on exam preparation.

My proposed reform wouldn't fully solve this problem. But it could greatly diminish it. If bar exam board members and bar association leaders were required to take and pass the exam every year, they would have strong incentives to reduce the amount of petty trivia that is tested. After all, anything they include on the exam is something they themselves will have to memorize! As prominent practicing lawyers, however, they presumably are already familiar with those laws that are so basic that any attorney has to know them; by limiting the exam to those rules, they can minimize their own preparation time. In this way, the material tested on bar exams might be limited to the relatively narrow range of legal rules that the average practicing lawyer really does need to know.

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Killexams : Revamped CPA exam will bring big changes

The American Institute of CPAs and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy are laying the groundwork for a major overhaul of the CPA exam that will see material being rearranged and moving to new sections, while emphasizing more technology skills.

The AICPA released an exposure draft earlier this month previewing the proposed changes for the 2024 exam and asking for feedback (see story). The AICPA and NASBA have been working together on a CPA Evolution initiative as a way to modernize the accounting licensure model and make it more relevant for today’s skills. They also hope to attract more young people to the accounting profession, which has seen a drop in recent years in accounting students and CPA candidates, as firms compete with other industries that are dealing with staff shortages during the so-called “Great Resignation” sparked by the pandemic.

The proposed changes may not come as a big surprise to those who have been closely following the CPA Evolution initiative and the model curriculum already proposed by the AICPA and NASBA. But for those who haven’t been monitoring the developments, they bear watching and accountants should weigh in with their comments.

“I think they did a good job of signaling where the exposure drafts were going to go,” said Angie Brown, senior director of product management at Becker, a provider of educational courses for the CPA exam. “It confirmed some things that were in the model curriculum they released last June and the conversations that they’ve had as they moved toward this release date. I wasn’t surprised, but I was very pleased by what we’ve seen in the blueprint. There had been some signaling in the model curriculum last year and even in the survey they did late last summer of the different interested parties and partners regarding where they were thinking things would go between the old and the new exams.”

One of the major changes will expand the number of exam sections from four to six. “They’ve taken into account the fact that there’s a lot being tested on the current four exams, and what they’re showing in the blueprint is they’re taking the current four exams and essentially divvying up the content between six, with some new additions in tax and then a lot of new things in the ISC Information Systems and Controls discipline exam,” said Brown. “In many ways, they’re reapportioning and maybe rightsizing the different content being tested across all of the tests, which is great news for exam candidates if it doesn’t change that much between this exposure draft and the final.”

The AICPA and NASBA wanted the exam to test more for technology skills, as software has become an essential part of being an accountant, with greater demand in the job market for skills like data analytics. Critical thinking is also an important part of being a CPA, especially when it comes to auditing and exercising professional skepticism. 

“They definitely are making sure that technology is being properly covered across all of these six sections, and every section of the new exam does have some level of technology components,” said Brown. “They’ve talked about the way technology and data analytics weave through the profession. They certainly let us know for several years that is coming, especially with the changes they made to the audit blueprint. On July 1 of last year, they issued a new audit blueprint that had additional technology topics. Then the model curriculum really spread data analytics and critical thinking across all the exam sections.”

With the increased number of exam sections, some material is moving from one of the current required core sections, such the Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR) part, to a newer one like Business Analytics and Reporting (BAR) that’s more optional. 

“Although there are those new technology elements, there’s not really a whole lot else that’s new,” said Brown. “They told us for a long time that more technology testing was coming, but otherwise they’re taking the current FAR exam and splitting out the subjects to go into the new BAR exam, which is the Business Analytics and Reporting exam. FAR has been kind of a hurdle for candidates. There’s a lot to study, and candidates feel overwhelmed when they prepare for the FAR exam. The fact that they’re rightsizing it and moving some of the content, especially content that’s really only applicable to those who are going to focus their careers in those areas, will make the FAR exam — which is core accounting and needs to be passed by every student — more manageable for candidates. I think that’s really great news.”

As accounting firms find themselves under the microscope for audit failures and exam cheating, the revamped CPA exam will continue to include ethics questions. “We haven’t lost any ethics coverage, so there are still ethics subjects being covered in audit [AUD] and REG [Taxation and Regulation],” said Brown. “Those are the areas where we mostly focus on ethics topics, and that’s still true, so no change there.”

One related change that may be surprising, though, involves an increased emphasis on business law. “They did increase the weight of business law, which is different from ethics, in the REG exam, which will still be a core exam, and will still focus on tax subjects as well as business law,” said Brown. “They’re proposing that the weight they assign to the business law portion of the REG exam will go up. Right now it’s 10 to 20%, and on the new exam, they’re proposing 15 to 25%. That wasn’t necessarily something that we saw coming, especially because they signaled a couple of years ago with the prior practice analysis that they might possibly pull business law from the CPA exam. Obviously they haven’t done that, and it does seem like they’re putting a little bit more emphasis on it. It doesn’t really change the core subjects being covered. It’s just that there are probably going to be a few more questions on business law on the REG exam than maybe in the past.”

The new exam may make the profession more attractive to younger people who may have been discouraged by previous exam changes. The AICPA trends report from 2021 found accounting graduates trended downward in the 2019–20 academic year, with decreases of 2.8% and 8.4% at the bachelor’s and master’s levels, respectively. The number of new CPA exam candidates entering the CPA pipeline declined in 2020 due to short-term closings and the various restrictions at Prometric test centers, with overall COVID concerns carrying forward into 2021. While new CPA exam candidates decreased less than 0.5% between 2018 and 2019, there was a 17% decrease between 2019 and 2020, though there was a 6% increase between 2020 and 2021.

“We are all very concerned about the CPA pipeline,” said Brown. “If the new exam as outlined by CPA Evolution appeared to be harder, then that could be a difficult message to share with candidates and wouldn’t appeal to the young professionals we want to bring into the profession. They are rightsizing some of the sections and taking content out of FAR, which every candidate has to take, and moving that to BAR, and taking some of the content that’s currently tested on the REG exam and moving that more advanced tax content to the TCP [Tax Compliance and Planning] exam, which is the discipline exam that you would take only if you really thought that tax was going to be your professional goal. The fact that they’re moving the more difficult subjects to the discipline exams and making the core exam more manageable for candidates could appeal to the candidate population.”

That could reverse some of the recent trends in the CPA candidate numbers. “We saw numbers come down after the 2017 exam launch, which was the last really big exam change,” said Brown. “There was a perception at that time that the exam had become harder, because they added higher-order skills. That seems to have impacted the perception of the difficulty of the CPA exam. But this shift — making the core exams more focused on what every newly licensed CPA needs to know and moving to the additional exams the subjects that really aren’t necessary for everyone — is a great message. I’m hoping that is attractive to candidates and that they perceive this move as a positive direction.”

While some of the advanced tax subjects are moving from the REG to the TCP section, and some of the advanced accounting and reporting subjects are shifting from FAR to BAR, the audit section of the exam isn’t changing as much.

“The AUD exam, which will be a core exam when the new CPA exam launches, will be very similar to the audit exam today,” said Brown. “We’re actually not seeing content moving from the current audit exam to the more advanced exam within the audit lineup, which is ISC, the Information Systems and Controls exam. Interestingly, with REG and FAR becoming demonstrably simpler because content is moving to the disciplines, audit stays the same. Now, that’s not a bad thing because the audit content has been pretty manageable.”

However, some content is moving from the Business Environment and Concepts (BEC) section to the ISC exam, in part to test for SOC (service-oriented controls) audits. 

“The ISC exam, the Information Systems and Controls, is really going to be almost wholly a new exam,” said Brown. “There are some subjects in the current BEC exam, things like business process and controls, and IT basics that will move from the current BEC exam to the ISC exam, but everything else on that exam is going to be new. There is going to be a new emphasis on IT audits, especially SOC engagements. Today SOC engagements are tested from the perspective of an auditor’s use of SOC reports in a normal financial statement audit as a tool for assessing controls. That emphasis on SOC engagements in the current audit will stay the same, but the new ISC exam is going to have a major portion on how you perform a SOC examination engagement. That’s never been tested on the CPA exam before, in the same way that some of the key IT auditing and technology content that comes under ISC has never been tested on the CPA exam before. That exam really is mostly new across the six core discipline structures under CPA Evolution.”

The revamped exam has not yet been finalized, but it’s expected to launch in time for 2024. Its impact on the job market for accountants and the skills they bring to their jobs probably won’t be apparent for several years.

“It will be interesting to see how many candidates choose the ISC discipline exam, given that the content on it is so new and not necessarily traditional, if you think of traditional accounting being things like audit and tax,” said Brown. “It just goes to show the AICPA’s desire to demonstrate that accountants really do understand technology, and the increasing place of technology and technology-related audits in the profession.”

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Killexams : Course Placement Information

All students are required to take at least two writing courses and at least one math course to graduate from UAB. To measure your mastery of a particular subject and determine which courses offer you the best chance for success, all entering students are required to take placement assessments in English and Math.

If you have registered with Disability Support Services you may be eligible to receive certain testing accommodations.

  • English Course Placement

    Students who have not earned credit for English Composition (EH 101) with a grade of C or better must take the English Placement Survey and Writing Sample.

    Exceptions

    • Minimum score of 20 on both the English and memorizing sub-scores of the ACT.
    • Minimum memorizing test score of 26 on the SAT.
    • Have received transfer credit for EH 101 with a C or better (includes dual enrollment credit).
    • Have earned college credit for EH 101 based on qualifying AP, IB, AICE, or CLEP scores.
    • International students (see below)

    Test-Optional students may use ACT or SAT sub-scores to satisfy requirements. If you did not send scores to UAB and wish to have them utilized for placement purposes, please send your scores to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at least two weeks prior to your Blazer Beginnings session.

    Deadline

    You must complete the English Placement Survey and Writing sample at least two weeks before you attend Blazer Beginnings, UAB's orientation program. If you submit your materials later than this two-week window, you run the risk of not having results prior to registering for classes.

    International Students

    International students who meet the following requirements will be placed in EH 101 (English Composition I):

    • Minimum TOEFL Writing sub-score of 23
    • Minimum TOEFL Essentials Writing sub-score of 7.0
    • IELTS Writing sub-score of 6.0

    International students who meet the following requirements will be placed in EH 108 (English Composition for Second Language Writers):

    • Minimum TOEFL Writing sub-score of 16-22
    • Minimum TOEFL Essentials Writing sub-score of 6.5 – 6.9
    • IELTS Writing sub-score of 5.5 – 5.9

    If you do not have the score requirements to place in EH 101 or EH 108, you will be placed in the requisite course in UAB’s INTO Program.


  • Math Course Placement

    Students who have no math credit or no math credit above the remedial level who wish to register for a math course at UAB must take the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment (MPA).

    • Students must be admitted to the university before they can access the MPA.
    • The MPA is provided at no cost to the student.
    • Students who have no math credit, no math credit above the remedial level, or choose not take the Math Placement Assessment must register for MA 094 (Basic Mathematics) or MA 098 (Basic Algebra).
    • Students awaiting alternative credit score reports (i.e. AP, CLEP, AICE, DSST, etc.) should take the MPA and register for the highest math course in which they placed. Once scores are submitted, students can adjust their registration accordingly. Alternative credit score reports should be sent to UAB as soon as possible.

    Note: Keep in mind that if you do not complete the Math Placement Assessment and are placed in remedial-level math, registration for science courses and timely completion of any science-dependent major will be delayed/impacted.

    Exceptions

    1. First-time freshmen who have an ACT math sub-score of 29 or SAT math score of 680. Students who meet this requirement will automatically place in MA 125 (Calculus I).

    2. Incoming students who have earned college credit for a 100-level, college math course or higher with a grade of “C” or higher (excludes remedial college math and MA 110 – Finite Mathematics*). College credit, including dual enrollment credit, must be earned from a regionally accredited 2-year or 4-year institution. Examples of 100-level math courses are Intermediate Algebra, Pre-Calculus Algebra, Pre-Calculus Trigonometry, Calculus, Calculus II, etc. If you’re unsure whether you are required to take the MPA, contact your  academic advisor.

    3. Students who have earned college credit for math based on having received qualifying AP, IB, AICE, or CLEP scores (excludes MA 180 – Statistics). Review the list of qualifying scores.

    *Students who have earned credit for MA 110 but require additional math to meet degree requirements, should take the Math Placement Assessment.


  • World Language Course Placement

    If you have never taken a world language course, you do not need to take a world language placement test. You will begin with a 101 world language course.

    It is recommended that you take a world language placement test if:

    • You have had one or more years of world language in high school (within the last two years)
    • You wish to take courses in French, Spanish, German, and Chinese.

    If you wish to take courses in Arabic, Portuguese, Italian, or Japanese, please contact the Department of World Languages and Literatures to ensure appropriate placement.

    If your native language is French, German, or Spanish, you cannot take a beginning course in your world language for credit. It is recommended that you take the world language placement test to determine the appropriate level course to register for.

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Killexams : COVID-19: Is my at-home test still good? What you need to know

The shelf life of many at-home and rapid tests, including the BinaxNOW brand, have been extended by the Food and Drug Administration by a few months.

COVID-19 has crept back into southwest Ohio and northern Kentucky as two omicron subvariants have become the predominant strain of infection locally. But if you're looking to shake the dust off of your at-home rapid antigen tests to use before a late-summer vacation or a visit to grandma, there are some factors to consider.

The first is effectiveness. Though studies regarding the accuracy of at-home tests were performed specifically on previous variants, experts say the sensitivity on the tests should be enough to pick up on BA.4 and BA.5, two highly infectious omicron subvariants currently spreading throughout Ohio and the Cincinnati region.

A study of the effectiveness of BinaxNow, a commonly used at-home rapid antigen test, found that the BinaxNow test accurately registered a positive result in 95% of samples that were also found positive by a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.

"What we don't know is, is this as good with the BA.4, BA.5 omicron as with BA.1 and BA.2?" said Dr. Stephen Feagins, chief clinical officer of Mercy Health Cincinnati. "This is just the best that we know. We think even with BA.4, BA.5, that 95% is probably somewhere similar."

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The tests, if used within proper expiration dates, will provide accurate results regardless of variant, said Amanda Carter, a spokeswoman for Hamilton County Public Health. The department recommends continuing to utilize the tests for a number of situations you might find yourself in as cases and hospitalizations rise.

"Any time you can take an additional step to mitigate the spread, whether it's taking a proactive test before you see someone who's high risk, whether you're coming from a county that has high community spread, we recommend tests for anyone who wants to be cautious and take prevention steps," Carter said.

Many at-home COVID-19 tests have had expiration dates extended by the FDA.

FDA extends expiration dates

Expiration dates are an important second factor. Though you may have a test at home that appears to have expired, you'll want to check the extended expiration dates issued in May. The date printed on the box could be the wrong expiration date, given the extensions.

The shelf life of the following at-home tests have been extended by the FDA.

  • BinaxNow AG Card Home Test (extended from 12 to 15 months).

  • BinaxNow Antigen Self Test (extended from 12 to 15 months).

  • CareStart Antigen Home Test (extended from 9 to 12 months).

  • Flowflex Antigen Home Test  (extended from 12 to 16 months).

  • Celltrion DIaTrust AG Home Test (extended from 12 to 18 months).

  • Detect COVID-19 Test (extended from 6 to 8 months)

  • iHealth Antigen Rapid Test (extended from 9 to 12 months).

  • SCoV-2 Ag Detect Rapid Self Test (extended from 10 to 13 months).

  • Pilot At-Home Test (extended from 6 to 9 months).

Expiration dates for these tests remain the same, according to the FDA.

  • BD Veritor At-Home Test (6 months).

  • Cue Test for Home and Over the Counter (4 months).

  • Ellume Home Test (12 months).

  • Genabio Rapid Self Test Kit (18 months).

  • Lucira Check-It Test Kit (6 months).

  • MaximBio ClearDetect Antigen Home Test (6 months).

  • Inteliswab Rapid Test (9 months).

  • OHC Antigen Self Test (8 months).

  • Indicaid Rapid Antigen At-Home Test (12 months).

  • QuickView At-Home Test (12 months).

  • Clinitest Rapid Antigen Self Test (11 months).

  • Speedy Swab Rapid Antigen Self Test (6 months).

  • Rapid Antigen Test Card (6 months).

The FDA recommends ditching tests that have expired beyond the extension dates. The risks are that the tests can become dried out and over time and won't give an accurate test result.

"Anytime beyond the extended period, is time to get a new test," Carter said.

Feagins agreed, noting that it makes sense to have peace of mind given the availability of at-home testing.

"After doing the research and checking the genuine expiration date and realizing that it has passed even the extended expiration date, there's a ton of these tests out there, go ahead and get a new one," he said.

Examples of at-home COVID-19 test kits.

Underreported testing

Last Thursday, the Cincinnati region's community risk level was upgraded to "high," triggering an indoor mask recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An accurate picture of how much community spread exists however has become much more challenging since widespread use of at-home tests began.

As more individuals utilize at-home testing, officials worry many of the results go unreported and an accurate tabulation of community spread is unattainable.

At a COVID-19 press briefing in May, Dr. Ashish Jha, the federal COVID-19 response coordinator described the challenge the tests have presented.

"Home tests are great, by the way," Jha said. "I’ve been a huge fan of home tests for the last two years. But what that means is we’re clearly undercounting infections — undercounting cases."

Instead of using the number of cases as a reliable figure, many communities now turn to trends in hospitalizations.

Though intensive care unit beds filled with COVID patients remains low locally, the Cincinnati region has seen an increase in hospitalizations since the beginning of the month. As of last Thursday, there were 197 COVID patients hospitalized in the region, a number that rose by nearly 80 patients in two weeks, according to the Health Collaborative's Situational Dashboard. The region's medical surgical beds are 97% full, while ICU beds are 93% occupied, according to the latest data.

Eight counties in the region have been upgraded to high risk COVID-19 community levels by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The upgrade to high community level, which is determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area, recommends a number of preventative steps.

  • Wear a well-fitting mask indoors in public, regardless of vaccination status (including in K-12 schools and other indoor community settings).

  • If you are immunocompromised or high risk for severe disease: Wear a mask or respirator that provides you with greater protection; Consider avoiding non-essential indoor activities in public where you could be exposed; Talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need to take other precautions (e.g., testing); Have a plan for rapid testing if needed (e.g., having home tests or access to testing); Talk to your healthcare provider about whether you are a candidate for treatments like oral antivirals, PrEP, and monoclonal antibodies.

  • If you have household or social contact with someone at high risk for severe disease: consider self-testing to detect infection before contact; consider wearing a mask when indoors with them.

  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and boosters.

  • Maintain improved ventilation throughout indoor spaces when possible.

  • Follow CDC recommendations for isolation and quarantine, including getting tested if you are exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19.

In-person tests can be arranged by visiting the Health Collaborative's Test and Protect Cincy website, where you can find a schedule and information about appointments.

To help agencies get a better understanding of community spread, local health departments have asked individuals who do utilize at-home tests, to self report positive tests. Some tests given through a doctor, clinic, or health department are proctored, meaning a staffer watches the test be administered and the result through a smart phone or app.

But at-home tests purchased at a store or obtained by the government aren't proctored. If you take an at-home test and receive a positive result, here is how you can report it to your local jurisdiction.

Hamilton County Public Health isn't tracking results of at-home COVID-19 tests. If you are located in the city limits of Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Health Department has three options for self reporting: visiting the department's designated online questionnaire through a browser, scanning the QR code to get to the questionnaire, or by calling in results to 513-357-7462.

Individuals not located in Cincinnati can report their result to their doctor, Carter said.

This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: How long does a COVID-19 at-home test last?

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - If an Alabama law were fully implemented, 12,000 students across the state wouldn’t be moving on to the next grade. They’d be held back.

Last year, a portion of The Alabama Literacy Act went into effect it was created to help Improve memorizing in Alabama public schools. It was also created to ensure students are memorizing on grade level by the end of the 3rd grade.

After one year, there has been only a small improvement in test scores. There is still a long way to go.

“Without that skill at the end of the third grade, they are four times more likely not to complete high school,” said Senior Research Associate for Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama Thomas Spencer.

Spencer says the 2022 Alabama Comprehensive Assessment Program test scores show that 22 percent of third graders are not memorizing at a proficient level.

During the 2021 school year, Alabama implemented the Literacy Act curriculum to sharpen the focus on early grades reading.

“Particularly, students with learning disabilities and also students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds end to not come into school with quite the level of preparation and exposure to literature and memorizing that other kids get,” Spencer said.

According to the test scores, Wilcox County had the lowest test scores, with 58% of third graders falling behind, and the highest test scores were from Mountain Brook City, with just three percent.

“Parents, teachers, and communities need to work together and identify those students who are struggling in memorizing and wrap the services around them as early as kindergarten,” Spencer said.

Originally, part of the act was to hold back any 3rd-grade student, not at a proficient memorizing level, but that portion of the act has been delayed until the 2023-24 school year.

You can find a link to the full study here.

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