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Is the Common Core initiative in trouble?
The Washington Post
Education Secretary Arne Duncan recently met with Chamber of Commerce leaders and urged them to be more vocal and forceful in defending the Common Core State Standards. Why? Duncan made the appeal, which was reported by Education Week, because the initiative — a set of common standards adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia designed to raise student achievement — has come under such withering attack in recent months that what once seemed like a major policy success for the Obama administration now looks troubled.
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More ADHD awareness is a good thing
U.S. News & World Report
Recently, the news has been full of reports, based on data from a nationwide survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that the prevalence of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in the child and adolescent population is dramatically on the rise. The headline grabber in this analysis is that as many as 1 in 5 high school-age boys have been diagnosed with ADHD, and 11 percent of school-age children overall. And these numbers have prompted concern that too many kids are being diagnosed and put on stimulant medication.
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Sorting kids at school: the return of ability grouping
Desert News
A new report shows that ability grouping in schools is on the rise, and prior research shows that teaching students in groups of like ability improves success for low and high achievers. There are important caveats, though.
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Common Core testing will require digital literacy skills
eSchool News
The shift toward online exams aligned with the Common Core standards will require much more preparation than simply making sure networks can handle the extra bandwidth constraints and that schools have enough devices for every student. It also will require students to demonstrate certain digital literacy skills that go beyond the core curriculum, observers say. These include technology operational skills such as keyboarding and spreadsheets, as well as higher-order skills such as finding and evaluating information online.
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Leaving no school behind: Can bad ones be turned around?
USA Today
The Obama administration has long supported charter school startups, but now aims to invest about $3 billion in those begging for improvement. Some critics say that strategy is bound to fail. In 2002, educator Ryan Hill opened his dream school with all of 80 students, four teachers and one office manager. "I was there till midnight every single night," he said. "It was really hard." Like many startups, the Newark, N.J., middle school started with a single grade level and grew by adding a grade each fall.
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    Kids' learning disabilities may have multiple causes (HealthDay News)
Testing consortium releases draft accommodations policy (Education Week)
States pull back from Common Core (U.S. News & World Report)
Making progress on understanding dyslexia (New Hampshire Union Leader)
Senators to Arne Duncan: Stop flat-funding key K-12 programs (Education Week)

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ADHD — Public schools respond to classroom challenges
Hawaii News Now
Ask ADHD students which subject is toughest, and you'll likely hear the same answer. "The hard part I think is math" says Keenin McCulloch. Stephanie Dobbs agrees, saying, "My biggest challenge was math." Dobbs graduated from Assets. McCulloch is now a student at the private school that specializes in learning disabilities. The McCullochs say they're lucky to have help sending their son to Assets. As his mom Emaley puts it, "It's more expensive than Punahou to go here. We definitely think it's worth it, but not everyone can do it. "So how are public schools addressing ADHD?
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Classroom teaches a lesson in mental health treatment
The Hartford Courant
As a "classroom interventionist," Stephanie Galluzo's job is to help students who act out in class to settle down and refocus. Teachers find this new classroom management tool a huge benefit for them, as they concentrate on the whole class and aren't distracted by one child. Experts say the in-class integration of behavioral health specialists — rare in Connecticut schools — is helpful in identifying and averting potentially more serious anti-social behaviors.
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Childhood bullying risk increased by overprotective or negative parenting
Medical News Today
Children who are exposed to negative parenting — including abuse and neglect but also overprotection — are more likely to experience childhood bullying by their peers, according to a meta-analysis of 70 studies of more than 200,000 children. The research, led by the University of Warwick and published in the journal Child Abuse & Neglect, found the effects of poor parenting were stronger for children who are both victims and perpetrators of bulling (bully-victims) than children who were solely victims.
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Sorting kids at school: the return of ability grouping
Desert News
A new report shows that ability grouping in schools is on the rise, and prior research shows that teaching students in groups of like ability improves success for low and high achievers. There are important caveats, though.

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Researchers find a biological marker for dyslexia in kids
TIME
Detecting the reading disorder as early as possible may help more children to overcome reading and learning problems.

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Kids' learning disabilities may have multiple causes
HealthDay News
Up to 10 percent of children — two or three kids in every classroom — are thought to have learning disabilities, and a new review finds these disabilities have complex causes and suggests possible approaches.

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Examining social factors may help explain increase in diagnoses of ADHD
Science Daily
Examining social factors is vital to better explaining and understanding the dramatic rise in the number of Americans diagnosed with mental disorders in recent years, according to an analysis by a team of medical and mental health experts. Their conclusions, which appear in the latest issue of the journal Health Affairs, comes ahead of the May release of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, a comprehensive guide that sets the classification, diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders across the United States and the world.
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Study confirms link between school climate and violence
Medical News Today
A meta-analysis of independent studies reporting a relationship between school climate and school violence showed a moderate negative relationship between students' perception of school climate and violence. The results of this analysis, published in the April edition of the journal Aggression and Violent Behavior, show that there is a relationship between school climate and violence. The analysis concludes that changes in the school environment could probably reduce the appearance of violent behavior.
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