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These are the states with the best and worst school systems, according to new rankings
The Huffington Post
A new education ranking found that students in New Jersey are receiving a much better education than students in Mississippi. The ranking, from the personal finance site Wallethub, outlines the best and worst states for K-12 education, given the connection between one's education and future earning potential. The ranking was based on 12 factors, including student dropout rate, pupil/teacher ratio, test scores, rates of bullying and school safety measures.
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Federal government says Virginia schools restrained, isolated students
The U.S. Department of Education has concluded that two Virginia public schools denied the right of education to emotionally disabled students after discovering teachers had frequently secluded and restrained them. The department wrote in a July 29 letter of findings that it had entered an accord with the two public schools in Prince William County, PACE East and PACE West, to correct the problems. The schools are for students with serious emotional and behavioral problems. The department's investigation followed a complaint filed in 2012.
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New insights into how young and developing readers make sense of words
Medical News Today
Skilled readers are often able to make sense of words suffering from "typos" and jumbled up letter orders as long as the beginning and end letters of the words are correct. But a study at the University of Leicester suggests that young developing readers also have a similar understanding of how these outside letters can help make sense of words. The study found that while developing young readers and skilled adult readers had similar difficulty correctly recognizing anagrams that can form another word by switching the order of only the inside letters, both age groups found it equally easy to recognize anagrams when the outside letters also had to be switched around to form another word.
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Is school testing driving parents away from their child's school?
The Washington Post (commentary)
John Sides, a contributor for The Washington Post, writes: "In a newly published article, University of Massachusetts political scientist Jesse Rhodes investigates how state education reforms may affect parents' engagement in their child's school. I asked him some questions about his research and his disconcerting conclusions. A lightly edited transcript follows."
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ADHD: Tips to help kids with ADHD improve focus
Psych Central
The upcoming school year is getting closer and closer. All kids who are headed back to school will have to manage some level of transition. For basically all kids, this requires them to become more focused, more disciplined, and more organized. Kids with ADHD may have an even more difficult time with this transition particularly if their summer has allowed them much more flexibility, freedom and less demands than the school year.
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Scientists say child's play helps build a better brain
When it comes to brain development, time in the classroom may be less important than time on the playground. "The experience of play changes the connections of the neurons at the front end of your brain," says Sergio Pellis, a researcher at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. "And without play experience, those neurons aren't changed," he says.
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The danger of back to school
Psychology Today
Imagine a job in which your work every day is micromanaged by your boss. You are told exactly what to do, how to do it, and when to do it. You are required to stay in your seat until your boss says you can move. Each piece of your work is evaluated and compared, every day, with the work done by your fellow employees. You are rarely trusted to make your own decisions. Research on employment shows that this is not only the most tedious employment situation, but also the most stressful. Micromanagement drives people crazy. Kids are people, and they respond just as adults do to micromanagement, to severe restrictions on their freedom, and to constant, unsolicited evaluation.
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    Dyscalculia: Burdened by blunders with numbers (Medical News Today)
Can special education students keep up with the Common Core? (The Hechinger Report)
Motivation: The overlooked sixth component of reading (Edutopia)
Do soundtracks improve reading comprehension? (District Administration Magazine)
A summer of extra reading and hope for fourth grade (The New York Times)

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Uncovering the why behind the rise in ADHD cases
The Huffington Post
ADHD seems to be the buzzword of the decade when it comes to children who can't sit still, have a hard time concentrating on one task at a time, or act impulsively. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is certainly no laughing matter — it can be a stressful situation for kids with the diagnosis, as well as for their parents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 11 percent of U.S. children between the ages of 4-17 had been diagnosed with ADHD in 2011, compared to about 9.5 percent in 2007. In the mid-2000s, the rate of diagnosis in kids was rising by about 6 percent per year. This begs the question: What on earth is going on?
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