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In one chart, the rules in all 50 states about opting kids out of standardized tests
The Washington Post
The growing "opt-out movement" — when parents don't allow their children to take state standardized tests — has grown significantly in various states around the country this past year, leading education officials to review their testing programs and see where they can cut back. The question for many parents is whether their state allows them to opt-out their children, and if not, what the actual consequences are if they do it anyway.
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Motivation is key in turning around learning disabilities
By: Ronald M. Kraus (commentary)
Though there is surprisingly scant research on motivation and learning disabilities, motivation is in fact key to helping create change for students with learning disabilities. It is the engine that drives the train of learning, the spark that propels the individual. To understand motivation, here is a look at what the research by Richard Ryan and Edward Deci says. It first describes a continuum of different types of motivation, followed by an explanation of each.
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Education gap between rich and poor is growing wider
The New York Times
The wounds of segregation were still raw in the 1970s. With only rare exceptions, African-American children had nowhere near the same educational opportunities as whites. The civil rights movement, school desegregation and the War on Poverty helped bring a measure of equity to the playing field. Today, despite some setbacks along the way, racial disparities in education have narrowed significantly. By 2012, the test-score deficit of black 9-, 13- and 17-year-olds in reading and math had been reduced as much as 50 percent compared with what it was 30 to 40 years before.
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Sharing picture books with kids can make them smarter and more attentive
The Conversation
Illiteracy is a global concern. Research suggests that 175 million young people, largely from poor countries and regions, lack basic literacy skills. This has wide-ranging negative effects, both for individuals and society at large. Illiteracy has been shown to contribute to poor health. A World Literacy Foundation study estimated that illiteracy costs the global economy more than $1 trillion a year through lost job opportunities. But our research suggests that there is one simple way to equip your children for a life of literacy from their infancy: share picture books with them.
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  Student-Paced, Mastery-Based Math
Since 2004, Math-U-See has worked with intervention and special education teachers to reach struggling special needs math students. Math-U-See corresponds to math ability rather than traditional grade levels, so it can be used with students of any age. We provide tools and training for an explicit, structured, systematic, cumulative program using multi-sensory teaching techniques. MORE

'Delayed remembering': Kids can remember tomorrow what they forgot today
Medical News Today
For adults, memories tend to fade with time. But a new study has shown that there are circumstances under which the opposite is true for small children: they can remember a piece of information better days later than they can on the day they first learned it. While playing a video game that asked them to remember associations between objects, 4- and 5-year-olds who re-played the game after a two-day delay scored more than 20 percent higher than kids who re-played it later the same day.
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As test results trickle in, states still ditching Common Core
U.S. News & World Report
After spending millions of dollars adopting and implementing the Common Core State Standards and aligned assessments, states are finally beginning to release preliminary results from the first round of tests administered to students last spring. But it's unclear whether the results will have any meaningful impact, as a growing number of states across the country are taking back their commitments to the tests and even to the standards themselves, a set of rigorous academic benchmarks adopted by 42 states and the District of Columbia.
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Who are the 'gifted and talented' and what do they need?
Ron Turiello's daughter, Grace, seemed unusually alert even as a newborn. At 7 months or so, she showed an interest in categorizing objects: She'd take a drawing of an elephant in a picture book, say, and match it to a stuffed elephant and a realistic plastic elephant. At 5 or 6 years old, when snorkeling with her family in Hawaii, she identified a passing fish correctly as a Heller's barracuda, then added, "Where are the rest? They usually travel in schools." With a child so bright, some parents might assume that she'd do great in any school setting, and pretty much leave it at that. But Turiello was convinced she needed a special environment, in part because of his own experience.
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'Mind-reading' kids are more discriminating learners
Medical News Today
To learn about the world around them, young children depend on information provided by others. But that's not always the best strategy: kids will sometimes take everything grown-ups say at face value, even if they're unreliable. New research shows that children are not as gullible as we might think — and that's especially true for those who have a good understanding of what's going on inside someone else's head. In a paper recently published in the British Journal of Developmental Psychology, researchers from Concordia University and the University of Ottawa show that even young children can be selective in whom they prefer to learn from.
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Sample letter to request accommodations for ADHD students
ADDitude Magazine
Your child has been diagnosed with attention deficit disorder by a physician, licensed clinical social worker, or a psychologist and is receiving treatment. But her performance in school remains troubling. She isn't completing assignments in the classroom, and she's barely passing her courses. Notes have come back from her teacher, explaining that she's concerned about your daughter. You're convinced that your ADHD student needs some special help from the school in order to learn.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Obama administration makes push for preschool inclusion (Disabilities Scoop)
A postsecondary model for students with learning disabilities (By: Luana E. Fahr)
Identifying and supporting ELLs with learning disabilities (EdCentral)
What neuroscience reveals about bullying by educators (Edutopia)
What would accountability without standardized tests look like? (MindShift)

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Is it cyberbullying? Parents' views differ on how schools should respond
Medical Xpress
The digital age has given teens new platforms for cruelty: A social media prank intended to embarrass a classmate. Spreading online rumors about peers. Posting unflattering pictures of others. But at what point does teens being mean cross over to cyberbullying, and what should the consequences be? While many parents are concerned about cyberbullying, they are conflicted when it comes to actually defining it and determining appropriate punishments, according to today's report from University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health.
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Proposed budget cuts set sights on education research
Education Week
Education research advocates took it as a hopeful sign in June when the U.S. House of Representatives' education appropriations panel marked up its first bill for education spending in six years. "And then we see it," said Juliane Baron, the government-relations director for the American Educational Research Association. "Be careful what you ask for. IES really took a hit." The Institute of Education Sciences, the U.S. Department of Education's research arm, faces a $10 million cut in the Senate bill and a whopping $164 million cut in the House appropriations measure, from its current fiscal year budget of $573.9 million. Coming on top of years of uncertain funding, the reductions could stymie the agency's recent attempts to bring a new and more diverse generation of education researchers into the field.
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