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With Common Core, fewer topics covered more rigorously
The New York Times
If the new mathematics standards adopted by New York and 44 other states work as intended, then children, especially in the lower elementary grades, will learn less math this year. But by cutting back on a hodgepodge of topics and delving deeper into central concepts, the hope is that the children will understand it better. So, for Mayra Baldi, a kindergarten teacher at P.S. 169 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, that will mean focusing on numbers. "You have to deepen their understanding," she said. "You have to get them to think more."
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Arne Duncan attaches more strings to NCLB waiver renewals
Education Week
Two years after offering states waivers under the No Child Left Behind Act, the U.S. Department of Education is expecting states to up the ante on teacher quality if they want another two years of flexibility. Barring a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the current version of the law, this waiver renewal process marks the last opportunity for the Obama administration to put its stamp on the ESEA and shape a future law. To get a two-year extension of their waivers, states must reaffirm their commitment to college- and career-ready standards and tests, and to implementing differentiated accountability systems that focus on closing achievement gaps, according to new state guidance issued.
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UK children less likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than US children
University of Exeter via Science Daily
New research suggests that children are far less likely to be diagnosed with Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in the U.K. than they are in the U.S.. However, the same study, led by the University of Exeter Medical School, suggests that autism diagnosis is still rising. The study is published online in the Journal of Autism Developmental Disorders, published by Springer, and was supported by the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care in the South West Peninsula.
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Could a simple font help dyslexics read?
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A font that changes each letter to be unique could help dyslexics overcome reading difficulties. Dyslexia varies the size and shape of each letter to make sure all words are recognizable. A heavy baseline — which means the bottom of each letter is thicker — also makes it less likely for a reader to misread the word.
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Safe schools for everyone
Education Week
Inclusion, acceptance and empathy are three attributes fundamental to the establishment of safe schools. Intolerance for anything less is essential. We have a responsibility to lead environments in which all children feel safe and are accepted. The challenge arises when we are courageous enough to admit to feeling the most comfort in what is familiar and label it as normal. Merriam-Webster.com offers the following as synonyms for the word normal: average, common, commonplace, cut-and-dried, everyday, garden-variety, ordinary, prosaic, routine, run-of-the-mill, standard, standard-issue, unexceptional, unremarkable, usual, workaday.
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Say what? 5 ways to get students to listen
Edutopia
Rebecca Alber, a contributor for Edutopia, writes: "Ah, listening, the neglected literacy skill. I know when I was a high school English teacher this was not necessarily a primary focus; I was too busy honing the more measurable literacy skills — reading, writing, and speaking. But when we think about career and college readiness, listening skills are just as important. This is evidenced by the listening standards found in the Common Core and also the integral role listening plays in collaboration and communication, two of the four Cs of 21st century learning."
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Researchers hoping to overhaul special education
Lawrence Journal-World
A team of researchers based at Kansas University will spend the upcoming year fine-tuning a new model for special education that they hope will completely overhaul the way schools educate children with special needs. Wayne Sailor, a KU professor of special education who is leading the project, calls it the beginning of "a school reform process that braids special education, general education, second language programs and other discreet programs available to schools in such a way that all of the resources benefit all of the kids."
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Study: Waivers leave behind at-risk students
The Associated Press via ABC News
Millions of at-risk students could fall through the cracks as the Education Department gives states permission to ignore parts of No Child Left Behind, according to a study by education advocates. The Education Department has been giving states waivers from the education law's requirements, including those to collect and publish data about students from poor families, students whose native language is not English, those with learning disabilities and minority students.
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Could a simple font help dyslexics read?
Daily Mail
A font that changes each letter to be unique could help dyslexics overcome reading difficulties. Dyslexia varies the size and shape of each letter to make sure all words are recognizable.

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Special education testing standards may soon be tightened
Disability Scoop
The U.S. Department of Education wants to do away with a rule that allows states to count some students with disabilities as academically proficient even if they do not meet grade-level standards.

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What stops girls from learning math?
Gifted Challenges
Math is for geeks. Nerds. The robotics kids. Definitely not for girls. Really? Why do some girls go from budding math scholars in grade school to a "dumbed down" shell of themselves in high school?

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Debate: Do we need the Common Core State Standards in public schools?
Newsday
Back to school for millions of American children this year means a new set of academic standards. Called the Common Core State Standards Initiative, the new national benchmarks will help U.S. students compete with their peers internationally and leave them better prepared for college and work, proponents say. Forty-five states and the District of Columbia adopted the Common Core in 2010, enticed by Obama administration waivers to federal accountability rules as well as billions in Race to the Top funds. But a number of states, including Indiana, Michigan, Florida and Pennsylvania, are having second thoughts about the standards. Critics contend they're too expensive and too intrusive on state prerogatives.
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6 ways to motivate students to learn
MindShift
Scientific research has provided us with a number of ways to get the learning juices flowing, none of which involve paying money for good grades. And most smart educators know this, even without scientific proof.
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CDC: US schools show progress in healthy behaviors
HealthDay News
Schools across America are showing progress in key areas related to health, including nutrition, physical education and smoking, federal health officials reported. The results of a 2012 comprehensive survey of school health policies showed some encouraging trends, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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