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Education funding gaps: Which states are hitting, missing the mark?
The Christian Science Monitor
While the debate rages over the federal budget and how much will go to K-12 schools, states and localities supply the biggest share of education dollars — about 87 percent on average. But is that money distributed fairly to the students who need it most? School districts that serve the most students in poverty receive an average of $1,200, or 10 percent, less per student in state and local funding than districts with few students in poverty, according to a report by The Education Trust released by The Education Trust, a group in Washington that advocates for closing economic and racial inequities in schools.
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Using choice to motivate and differentiate
By: Savanna Flakes
Choice is one of the greatest motivators and also one of the most powerful tools in setting up a differentiated classroom. As adults, we prefer to have choice in our staff book studies, professional development and class schedules. Likewise, choice provides students many options to navigate content and show their mastery of material. Choice boards are one of the greatest strategies I have found to be beneficial in supporting student learning in differentiated classrooms.
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Disability-related education complaints trending up
Disability Scoop
Federal education officials are fielding an increasing number of complaints related to disability discrimination in the nation's schools. More than 3,900 complaints based on disability were filed with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights during the 2014 fiscal year, the most recent period for which statistics are available. Though that's somewhat fewer than the department received in 2013, it represents a sharp rise over five years. By comparison, less than 3,000 complaints were filed in 2009.
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The new way to study with ADHD
ADDitude
For students with ADHD, studying for a test can be daunting. Luckily, there's new research that shows that students might not need to spend more time studying, but need to study differently. James and John, identical twins with ADHD, are taking the same biology class. They study for the same amount of time, yet James gets an A on the exam and John gets a C+. Why the difference?
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Report: More states adopting restrictions on restraint and seclusion
Education Week
Back in 2010, the House of Representatives passed a bill regulating the use of restraint and seclusion in schools, but it never passed the Senate. However, states are using the language from what was titled the "Keeping All Students Safe Act" to craft their own restrictions on the discipline methods, according to a report compiled by a disability-rights advocate. Jessica Butler, the congressional affairs coordinator for the Autism National Committee, has been tracking the issue since 2009. In 2012, she started publishing her findings in a report, "How Safe is the Schoolhouse? An Analysis of State Seclusion and Restraint Laws and Policies."
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Turns out, snow days don't impact students' test scores — But absences do
The Huffington Post
Students, parents and administrators often make a fuss about snow days, but it's really individual absences that affect learning, according to a new study. School closings for snow "have no effect at all on student achievement for the sample as a whole, in either math or [English language arts]," Joshua Goodman, a professor at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, observed in the report. He used data from Massachusetts school districts between 2003 and 2010 as well as snowfall data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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Intellectually gifted kids and learning disabilities often go hand in hand
Science 2.0
Mention the terms "intellectual giftedness" and "learning disability" and there is a general understanding of what each term means. However, most people are unaware that in many circumstances the two can go hand in hand. Current U.S. research suggests that 14 percent of children who are identified as being intellectually gifted may also have a learning disability. This is compared to about 4 percent of children in the general population. No-one has been able to explain this discrepancy.
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A creative aid for dyslexia
Acton Institute
Most of us take reading for granted. We learned how to do it when we were very young and we can do it with ease every day. However, for people with dyslexia (as much as 17 percent of the population) reading is a constant struggle. Dyslexia has nothing to do with intelligence, but it makes reading (and therefore learning) difficult.
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In Congress, new attention to student-privacy fears
NPR
Several efforts in Washington are converging on the sensitive question of how best to safeguard the information software programs are gathering on students. A proposed Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act of 2015 is circulating in draft form. It has bipartisan sponsorship from Democratic Rep. Jared S. Polis of Colorado and Republican Rep. Luke Messer of Indiana. Drafted with White House input, the bill joins a previous Senate proposal, plus much action on the state level, from regulators, and from industry and other sector leaders. Consumer groups like Common Sense Media and companies like Microsoft have spoken positively of the bill.
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Young girls are much, much better readers than boys, and have been for a long time
The Huffington Post
The gap between boys' and girls' respective reading abilities has been getting a lot of attention lately, but the trend itself is not new. Girls have been better readers than boys for a long, long time, according to a report by the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution. The annual report analyzes three topics in contemporary education through the lens of up-to-date research. This year, the report looked at the effectiveness of the Common Core state standards, the relationship between student engagement and academic achievement, and the gender gap in reading.
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Working together: A recipe for PARCC success
Scholastic Administrator Magazine
This spring, districts throughout the nation will embark on the first major wave of revised high-stakes assessments. Our industry is seeing a drastic shift from traditional testing to significantly enhanced, interactive assessments that leverage technology. As schools prepare to implement these new digital assessments and testing platforms, there are many questions about the roles and responsibilities of staff members. With traditional testing, a small group of building leaders and assessment coordinators oversaw the exams; however, today's testing system requires a much larger group of individuals to collaborate to ensure a successful experience.
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Why kids need to move, touch and experience to learn
MindShift
When students use their bodies in the learning process, it can have a big effect, even if it seems silly or unconnected to the learning goal at hand. Researchers have found that when students use their bodies while doing mathematical storytelling (like with word problems, for example), it changes the way they think about math. "We understand language in a richer, fuller way if we can connect it to the actions we perform," said Sian Beilock, professor of psychology at the University of Chicago.
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Report: How well are American students learning?
Brookings
The 2015 Brown Center Report represents the 14th edition of the series since the first issue was published in 2000. It includes three studies. Like all previous BCRs, the studies explore independent topics but share two characteristics: they are empirical and based on the best evidence available. The studies in this edition are on the gender gap in reading, the impact of the Common Core State Standards — English Language Arts on reading achievement, and student engagement.
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