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Water fluoridation linked to higher ADHD rates
MSN
New research shows there is a strong correlation between water fluoridation and the prevalence of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, in the United States. It’s the first time that scientists have systematically studied the relationship between the behavioral disorder and fluoridation, the process wherein fluoride is added to water to prevent cavities.
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How can I prepare my child for the upcoming IEP meeting?
By: Howard Margolis
Parents often ask me how to prepare for IEP meetings. One way is to send your child's case manager a list of questions you need answered. Let the case manager know that you need the answers to effectively contribute to the development of an appropriate IEP — one likely to produce important progress in important areas. When writing the questions, make sure they're important, specific and answerable. Here are sample questions from the parents of Lucas Enigma, a mythical child with reading and other learning disabilities.
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Despite opt-outs, PARCC testing numbers soar
U.S. News & World Report
Despite a growing number of students refusing to take Common Core-aligned exams this spring, a record number of tests are being completed, according to data from one of the two main testing consortia. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers consortium — which began testing in eight states and the District of Columbia last month — said more than 2 million tests had been completed. Louisiana, Massachusetts and Rhode Island will also be deploying PARCC exams soon. In total, PARCC expects 5 million students will take its exam this year, the consortium said.
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Obama seeks more federal money for education
USA Today
President Barack Obama said the nation's schools are improving, but need more federal money to keep pace. "The challenge that we face is that this is a monumental task and it requires resources," Obama told reporters at the White House. The president spoke briefly after meeting with a group of superintendents, board members, and educators from some of the nation's largest school districts.
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Could your child's reading struggles be dyslexia?
NAPSI via Times Online
It happens every year: A parent is called by her young child's teacher. "Your daughter is not keeping up in class and her reading is behind that of her peers. She takes much longer to do her work, and her writing is sloppy. You need to work with her more at home." The parent feels perplexed and anxious because she has already been working with her daughter for hours each night. She tells her she must apply herself more and stop goofing off. Later on, she wonders if that was the right thing to say.
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Just how common is ADHD, really? A new study may have the answer
ADDitude Magazine
For as long as ADHD has been recognized by the medical community, the rate at which it occurs in children has been disputed, ranging from as low as 3 percent to as high as 14 percent. The conflicting numbers confuse parents, doctors, and patients, who struggle to determine if the condition is over-diagnosed — and over-medicated — or under-diagnosed. A new study published in Pediatrics claims to have identified a benchmark estimate for the worldwide rate of ADHD in children. The study's authors analyzed the data from 175 studies from around the world, conducted over 36 years, to reach their overall estimate: approximately 7.2 percent of children worldwide have ADHD.
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Instructional coaches ease Common Core transition
District Administration Magazine
Districts in the midst of Common Core implementation are increasingly turning to instructional coaches to help teachers master the new skills needed. Administrators say these coaches, whose positions were cut in many districts during the recession, are now a valuable investment for time-strapped principals working to ensure schools are transitioning smoothly to the new standards.
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Educators: Standardized test demands hurt Common Core
Education World
'Tis the season for test taking and many educators have had it up to here with high stakes testing connected to the Common Core State Standards. A recent survey of Education World readers revealed that out of several criticisms of the CCSS and their implementation, 44 percent of respondents said that standardized test performance is overemphasized.
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Skill-building approaches to anxiety-fueled work avoidance
The Huffington Post
Those of us who have spent over 10 years in the field know firsthand that the face of the classroom has changed considerably. Long gone are the days when simple, whole class behavior incentive plans kept every student on an even keel. Even experienced teachers may not be sufficiently prepared to address the social and emotional needs of today's students, especially those struggling with anxiety. Anxiety disorders are alarmingly prevalent among U.S. children and adolescents, with 31.9 percent of teens having had an anxiety disorder during their school years. Add to that other increasingly prevalent childhood conditions, including ADHD and autism, and teachers are facing new and overwhelming challenges.
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    Task force unveils plan to overhaul special education in California (EdSource)
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Texas identifying only small number of dyslexic students
Houston Chronicle
Texas public schools are identifying just 2.5 percent of students as having dyslexia, a fraction of the number of students who experts say need help overcoming the common reading disability. About 125,600 of the state's 5.2 million public school students were identified as dyslexic, according to data released by the Texas Education Agency. That's just a slight uptick from the 2013-2014 academic year, the first one that state law required districts to report the number.
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The 5 keys to successful comprehensive assessment in action
Edutopia
Assessment is the key to good instruction. It shows us what students know and allows us to adjust our instruction. Assessment is tied to learning goals and standards, but students must own the assessment process as well, as they must be able to articulate what and how they are being assessed — and its value. But what does this look like in a unit of instruction?
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Telling or teaching? Knowing when it's right to 'give a fish'
By: Pamela Hill
A famous proverb tells us, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." When applied to teaching — and, more appropriately, to special education — it also begs a question. Who decides if the best approach is to give a fish or teach fishing lessons when teaching a student with learning disabilities? The teacher must always be negotiating and evaluating.
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