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Graduation rates inch up for students with disabilities
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An increasing number of students with disabilities are graduating high school, federal officials say, though they still receive diplomas at far lower rates than other students. The graduation rate for students with disabilities reached nearly 62 percent during the 2012-2013 school year, representing a rise of almost 3 percent compared to two years earlier. The figures released Monday from the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics come a month after federal officials said the nation's overall high school graduation rate reached a record-high of 81 percent in 2012-2013.
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Senate budget blueprint thin on education policy, funding details
Education Week
Senate Republicans unveiled their fiscal year 2016 budget proposal — and, similar to the one by their GOP colleagues in the House, it's short on education specifics. Like the House budget proposal, the Senate's would fund the federal government to the tune of $493 billion, keeping in place the across-the-board spending caps, known as the sequester, to which the president's proposed budget does not adhere. And, like the House plan, it would make even steeper cuts for non-defense discretionary funding beginning fiscal 2017.
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Arne Duncan: School funding inequality makes education 'separate and unequal'
The Huffington Post
Many school systems remain "fundamentally separate and unequal," U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said, with 23 states spending more per pupil in affluent school districts than they do in high-poverty districts. What's more, Duncan said on a call with reporters, the inequality may be getting worse. Duncan alluded to Republican-backed efforts to overhaul the No Child Left Behind Act, which he said would give even more money to well-off school districts at the expense of struggling districts. In February, House Republicans proposed the Student Success Act as a rewrite of No Child Left Behind.
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Understanding invisible disabilities
Edutopia
Invisible disabilities are some of the most difficult ones for educators to identify because they are just that — invisible. Students can "hide in plain sight" either intentionally or because they aren't aware that they have a disability. Some students are fearful, along with their parents, that they won't be accepted to college or that they will carry a label through the end of 12th grade. The silent aspect of IDs also makes it difficult for teachers to learn about their students' needs unless they are told outright.
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What are the most challenging Common Core standards?
eSchool News
A new look into how students handle some of the toughest reading and math Common Core standards could help educators identify where they need to spend more time. Curriculum Associates recently conducted research using data from more than 750,000 students to identify the reading and math Common Core State Standards that students find the most challenging.
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How much academic homework is too much?
Psychology Today (commentary)
Harris Cooper, professor of psychology at Duke, reviewed more than 60 studies regarding the amount of time a child might do homework to achieve the optimal results. In a paper, published in 2006, he recommended that this time was 10 to 20 minutes per grade in school. In theory, a second grader would be expected to sit, distraction free, for 20 minutes, while a sixth grader would have approximately 60 minutes allocated for homework.
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Common Core tests were supposed to be immune to test prep. So why are kids spending weeks prepping anyway?
The Hechinger Report
Five weeks before the start of March testing, with excitement bubbling over for Mardi Gras, it was practice-test week at New Orleans’ John Dibert Community School at Phillis Wheatley. Instead of thinking about parades, beads and king cakes, fourth-graders were intent on the test papers before them and a large digital clock counting down on the whiteboard. Signs posted outside the classroom door cautioned "quiet, testing in progress."
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Kids' diets could impact their ADHD
Pacific Standard
Rates of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder have been steadily climbing for at least two decades. Today, roughly 11 percent of children in America are diagnosed with the psychiatric condition. Pharmacological treatments work for the majority of children, but some feel the drugs may be over-prescribed. Lots of parents (especially in the United States) object to giving their children stimulant medications. For many years "there has been some interest in functional food, so to say, or whether dietary intake could improve symptoms of psychiatric disorders," says Dienke Bos, a graduate student at University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands.
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Bill would limit use of student data
The New York Times
Is the digital revolution in the classroom giving the education technology industry carte blanche to exploit student data? That was the question some teacher and parents groups have posed in their public responses to the news that Pearson, the education publisher, had been covertly monitoring social media sites to identify students who might have disclosed questions from its assessment tests. In an effort to ease parent and teacher concerns, two congressmen are planning to introduce a bill that would place limits on how education technology companies can use information about kindergarten through 12th-grade students.
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Learned helplessness: A daily tug of war
By: Pamela Hill (commentary)
Teachers and parents do not set out to teach a child to have learned helplessness. However, the components of learned helplessness are often better understood by teachers and parents than the child. The child may be experiencing many emotions that she cannot sort out on her own. She may really want to attempt what is being asked of her, but she does not know where to begin. She may have had negative experiences in the past that are flashing into her memory. But many of the behaviors demonstrated by the child can be recognized and changed with guidance.
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