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Special education directors fear potential budget cuts
Education Week's On Special Education Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The still-looming specter of "sequestration" — congressional budget cuts that could take a slice out of most federal agency budgets — has the special education community on edge. Results of a new survey by the Council for Exceptional Children show that special education directors still dealing with the effects of the economic downturn are almost universally concerned about the 8 percent budget cut the federal action — or inaction depending on how you look at it — will trigger. More

In defense of school testing
TIME    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
High-stakes testing can damage the process of learning while causing student anxiety, writes author Annie Murphy Paul in this opinion article. Paul contends the solution is no-stakes testing, which she describes as a learning tool that asks students to retrieve a fact or concept from memory to promote retention. For example, in middle school, using no-stakes testing, students were given a quiz on what they just learned in each science and social studies class. "This simple exercise has dramatically improved students' recall of the material," Paul writes. More

Do anti-bullying laws protect all students?
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A new Government Accountability Office report about bullying recommends additional action by the U.S. Department of Education and the attorney general, and says more study is needed to determine whether existing laws go far enough in protecting all students from bullying at school. More

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Cost of prekindergarten special education is soaring
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New York City is paying private contractors more than $1 billion this year to operate a little-known special education program for 3- and 4-year-olds, nearly double the amount it paid six years ago. The program serves 25,000 children with physical, learning, developmental and other disabilities. While the number of children in the program has risen slowly in recent years, annual costs have soared to about $40,000 per child, according to an analysis of city education spending by The New York Times. More

Common core tests pose challenges in special education
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The path to devising assessments for students with disabilities that measure how adept they are at mastering the Common Core State Standards seems to be filled with hurdles to overcome before students face those assessments in the 2014-15 school year. More

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New to the US market, the Medialexie Scribe 2012, is an innovative assistive technology that supports students in all areas of Learning. With text-to-speech, speech-to-text capabilities, writing, math and translating functions, students can access and use core material despite their learning differences. For more information, go to

Brain wired at birth but experience selects which connections to keep
Medical News Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Ask the average person on the street how the brain develops, and they'll likely tell you that the brain's wiring is built as newborns first begin to experience the world. With more experience, those connections are strengthened, and new branches are built as they learn and grow. More

Special help starts as early as grade school — but only for select students
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A federal civil rights law that allows some public school students extra time on tests and assignments is applied less often in the Chicago area's poorest schools and most frequently in affluent districts, a Tribune analysis found. More

The questions about ADHD drugs The New York Times didn't ask
Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The New York Times has a blockbuster front-page article on how healthy teenagers are misusing stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin, usually used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, in order to focus on studying and performing better on tests. The story does a fantastic job tracking the personal stories of high school and college kids who use these medicines to get an academic edge. More

Study: Self-injury common in grade school
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Self-injury is a common emotional disorder among teens and young adults, and now new research confirms that young children also injure themselves on purpose. In one of the first studies ever to assess self-injury rates among children as young as age 7, close to 7 percent of third-grade girls and 8 perecnt of third-grade boys said they had self-injured at some point in their lives. In past studies, self-injury rates have been reported to be as high as 20 percent among high-school-aged teens and almost 40 percent among college students. Self-injury was defined in the new study as cutting, carving, burning, piercing, picking at the skin or hitting oneself to cause pain, but not death. More


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