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New online assessments to include accommodations for students with disabilities
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One of the two state consortia developing next-generation assessments to be taken online is seeking comments on a draft policy that proposes accommodations for students with disabilities who need help expressing themselves in writing or typing on a computer. The proposal comes from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, a 22-state effort to develop new online assessments in English and math, aligned with the Common Core State Standards, that will test a full range of student performance on skills necessary for college or career readiness. More

To read better, dyslexics may need to speed things up
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This is the mantra for most dyslexic students learning to read. But results from a new computer training program suggest that the opposite may be true for dyslexics once they've learned to read — going faster could improve reading skills and comprehension. Researchers in Israel compared the reading skills of dyslexic and non-dyslexic university students, before and after using a custom computer training program. The program's premise is this: a sentence appears on the computer screen, which the participant is supposed to read silently. More

Study: NCLB waiver weaken grad rate accountability
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Many states granted waivers from the No Child Left Behind law are relaxing or ignoring federal regulations designed to hold schools accountable for the number of students who graduate from high school on time, according to a new study. When No Child Left Behind was signed into law in 2002, states used so many different ways to calculate graduation rates it was almost impossible to know how many students in the U.S. finished high school with a regular diploma in four years. More

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5 education ideas from the State of the Union
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To guess the education plans in President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech, look no further than the guests in first lady Michelle Obama's box. Obama's action points often reflected their stories: an undocumented college student who took part in Obama's "deferred action" plan; a 16-year-old winner of the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair; a recent community college graduate who now works on wind turbines; a young machinist who laid the foundation for his manufacturing career at his Kentucky high school; a first-grade teacher from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.; an early childhood educator from Norman, Okla., and a NASA Mars Curiosity rover team member who volunteers to mentor students in FIRST robotics. More

Class struggle — How charter schools get students they want
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Students may be asked to submit a 15-page typed research paper, an original short story, or a handwritten essay on the historical figure they would most like to meet. There are interviews. Exams. And pages of questions for parents to answer, including: How do you intend to help this school if we admit your son or daughter? These aren't college applications. They're applications for seats at charter schools. Charters are public schools, funded by taxpayers and widely promoted as open to all. But Reuters has found that across the United States, charters aggressively screen student applicants, assessing their academic records, parental support, disciplinary history, motivation, special needs and even their citizenship, sometimes in violation of state and federal law. More

Arizona lawmaker: Make schools get consent to use isolation rooms
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When Leslie Noyes stopped by her son's Glendale elementary school last year, she said she found him lying face-down on the floor of an enclosed, 5-by-5-foot structure in the back of the special education classroom. Noyes said she had no idea the school had been regularly putting the 7-year-old in what's commonly referred to as an isolation or seclusion room in response to his behavior issues. "Finally I was able to carry him out of the room and it was like, 'What is this? Why don't I know about this?'" she said. A Arizona lawmaker said she wants to spare other parents from being surprised to learn that a school is using isolation rooms to address student behavior. More

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Advocates, administrators divided on dyslexia bill
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Advocates of children with dyslexia are hoping this could finally be the year that lawmakers pass a bill on how schools serve dyslexic students. For years, parents who say their children aren't receiving adequate services have been calling for change, arguing that many children with dyslexia go undiagnosed. Moreover, even when diagnosed, they say, those students often don't receive the specialized instruction they need. A bill in the Kansas Senate Committee on Education would seek to remedy that. More

Massachusetts challenges school using shock therapy
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Officials in Massachusetts are taking steps to clamp down on a controversial school that uses electric shocks to address behavior problems in kids and adults with developmental disabilities. In a legal filing, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley moved to end a court order that has limited the state's regulatory authority of the Judge Rotenberg Center since the 1980s. The Canton, Mass. facility, which serves children and adults with developmental disabilities and those with behavioral and emotional problems, is believed to be the only one in the country using electric shocks to address behavior issues.
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ADHD treatments not working for most young children
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Most young children being treated for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder — either with or without medication — still have serious symptoms of their condition, according to a new long-term study. The neurobehavioral disorder interferes with the ability to concentrate. ADHD also causes restlessness, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior, which can have lasting effects on children's intellectual and emotional development. More

Mississippi requires dyslexia screening
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Another piece of improving literacy is targeting services to students with dyslexia. Last year, the Mississippi Legislature passed a law to give greater attention to helping students with the learning disability that makes it difficult for them to read. It requires schools to screen all students for dyslexia during the spring of their kindergarten year and the fall of their first-grade year. Those who fail the test are eligible for placement in a dyslexia therapy program within their schools or in another public school or nonpublic special purpose school, with state-sponsored scholarships available. More

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New report continues the dialogue on testing integrity Blog (commentary)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Academic assessment plays an important role in making decisions about the education of our children. We — parents, educators and administrators — all depend on valid and reliable data. Yet a series of high-profile cheating incidents over the last several years has raised concerns about the integrity of those testing data. And even though every state has made an effort to prevent cheating, states haven't always had access to a library of test security strategies that are most likely to work. More

Robots help children 'attend' school despite illnesses
The Associated Press via Silicon Valley Mercury News
Devon Carrow's life-threatening allergies don't allow him to go to school. But the 4-foot-tall robot with a wireless video hookup gives him the school experience remotely, allowing him to participate in class, stroll through the hallways, hang out at recess and even take to the auditorium stage when there's a show.
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Urban school-based asthma treatment cost-effective
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A program to administer asthma medication each day to urban children with asthma reduces symptoms and is cost-effective, according to research published online Feb. 11 in Pediatrics. Katia Noyes, Ph.D., M.P.H., from the University of Rochester in New York, and colleagues analyzed data from the School-Based Asthma Therapy program, a study involving 525 children (3- to 10-years-old) with asthma attending urban schools who were randomized to receive either usual care or one dose of preventative asthma medication at school each school day. More

Obama proposal reflects shift in views on early childhood education
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President Barack Obama's call for universal preschool in his State of the Union address underlines a national shift in thinking about early childhood education, driven by advances in neuroscience and a growing urgency about the need to close the achievement gap between poor and privileged children. A small but increasing number of states have invested tax dollars in preschool during the past decade, and millions of parents are walking their 3- and 4-year-old children into classrooms instead of keeping them at home or with a babysitter. More

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