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More states freed from No Child Left Behind law
The Associated Press via U.S. News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Although more than half the states are now exempt from the toughest requirements of the federal "No Child Left Behind" education law, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Friday his goal remains to help Congress fix the law, not to sidestep the stalled overhaul effort. More

Experts can't explain drop in Texas' special education numbers
Houston Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Special education students seem to be disappearing in Texas. The Lone Star State diagnosed just 8.8 percent of its public school students as having special needs in 2011, down from 12 percent in 2000. Texas now has the lowest percentage of special education students in the nation - a full 4 percentage points below the U.S. average. More

Study: Children internalize stereotypes about abilities
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Julie Rasicot writes, "Have you ever heard a girl say she hates math because she's 'no good' at it? I've heard it plenty of times, even from my own daughter who actually has an aptitude for the subject. Research has shown that children believe their ability to do certain things depends on how much natural ability they have for the task. These so-called 'entity theories' can affect their performance." More

Fruit flies evolve number sense
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In a curious example of insect intelligence U.S. and Canadian researchers report they have evolved a population of fruit flies that can count. The result supports the notion that the neural mechanisms underlying basic arithmetic skills first emerged hundreds of millions of years ago. It could also eventually offer a key to understanding why some people have problems with numbers. More

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Follow-up study reveals executive function impairment in girls with ADHD
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The research on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is abundant and varied. An emerging area of research for ADHD involves exploring how executive function is impaired in female clients. Although more attention has been given to ADHD in girls in recent years, few studies have revealed evidence of longitudinal effects of ADHD in this population. To address this void, Meghan Miller of the Department of Psychology at the University of California recently published data from a study that followed the trajectory of executive function impairment in a sample of 140 female ADHD clients and 88 female controls. More

Some states tie reading tests to grade promotion
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Fourth grade is when young people stop learning to read and start reading to learn, says Marcus Winters, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. Even so, because less attention is placed on developing reading skills past the third grade, Winters said, students who have not mastered the skill by then struggle to keep up and fall further behind each year. To address that issue, Ohio and North Carolina passed legislation requiring third-graders to pass a reading test before advancing to fourth grade. They join four other states — Arizona, Indiana, Oklahoma and Florida — with similar policies, said Jaryn Emhof of the Foundation for Excellence in Education. Emhof said more states, including Mississippi and New Mexico, are considering similar laws. More

Timed tests and the development of math anxiety
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Mathematics education is in crisis: A third of all schoolchildren end up in remedial math courses, and the level of interest in the subject is at an all-time low. This is a result, in part, of schools in the United States heading down a fast-moving track in which the purpose of math has been reduced to the ranking of children and their schools. More

Charting autism's neural circuitry
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Deleting a single gene in the cerebellum of mice can cause key autistic-like symptoms, researchers have found. They also discovered that rapamycin, a commonly used immunosuppressant drug, prevented these symptoms. More

What do emotions have to do with learning?
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When parents and teachers consider how children learn, it's usually the intellectual aspects of the activity they have in mind. Sidney D'Mello would like to change that. The University of Notre Dame psychologist has been studying the role of feelings in learning for close to a decade, and he has concluded that complex learning is almost inevitably "an emotionally charged experience," as he wrote in a paper published in the journal Learning and Instruction earlier this year. During the learning experiments described in his paper, he notes, the participating students reported being in a neutral state only about a quarter of the time. The rest of the time, they were experiencing lots of feelings: surprise, delight, engagement, confusion, boredom, frustration. More


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