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Where do we stand on NCLB?
Education Week
More than 40 states may have waivers from many of the mandates of the No Child Left Behind, but that doesn't mean the U.S. Department of Education is off the hook when it comes to reporting on states' progress toward meeting the goals of the NCLB law to Congress. The administration recently released an NCLB snapshot of sorts, looking at where states were during the 2011-2012 school year.
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New federal guidelines aim to rid schools of racial inequality
The New York Times
With racial minorities still less likely than white students to have access to rigorous academic classes or experienced and qualified teachers, the Obama administration will announce guidelines to ensure that strong teachers, high-level math and science courses, quality extracurricular programs, and equivalent technology and school facilities are available for all public school students.
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Families turn to social media with special education complaints
Disability Scoop
A chance meeting in a Sarasota restaurant put Amanda Taylor, the mother of a student with special needs, in touch with activist Jon Singer. Taylor described the frustration she was having getting her daughter the services she needed at Robinson Elementary School in Plant City. Singer, who works in financial services and splits his time between Sarasota and New Jersey, offered to put her story on his Facebook page. Taylor approved the scathing diatribe against the Hillsborough County School District, packaged with pictures of 8-year-old Alexis.
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Who is responsible for IEP goals?
By: Pamela Hill
As the beginning of autumn appears, public school is well underway for the more than 2 million students identified with learning disabilities in the United States. These students are being instructed by teachers whose responsibility is to assist them in meeting their Individual Education Plan goals. The IEP was first introduced in 1975 as part of the Education for All Handicapped Children Act and later reauthorized under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The purpose was to create an education that is equal to that of a student who does not have disabilities. The individualized education goals are a pivotal part of this legal document and are crucial to the student's success.
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Gaming vs. reading: Do they benefit teenagers with cognition or school performance?
Taylor & Francis via Science Daily
Children have an increasing attraction towards electronic media in their play. With video games, phones and the internet in abundance, a new article examines if such leisure activity is impacting children's cognition or academic performance or whether it would be more beneficial to read.
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Survey: Common Core standards working well
USA Today
"Common Core" academic guidelines for public schools are sowing controversy as teachers implement them across the USA. Several states have balked at requiring them and even comedian Louis C.K. last May took to Twitter to complain, "My kids used to love math. Now it makes them cry. Thanks standardized testing and common core!" But teachers in states where the math and reading standards have been in place longest say that, in spite of the criticisms, Common Core is going well — and that most teachers feel prepared to teach new kinds of lessons.
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Exercise won't cure ADHD on its own, but it sure can't hurt
The results of a study published in Pediatrics reinforced a growing body of research suggesting that physical activity is helpful in reducing symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children. The study, which involved more than 200 students ages seven to nine, took place over a ninth-month period in Urbana, Ill. Scientists compared the brain activity of students involved in an after-school program that required 70 minutes of physical activity and those who were on a wait list. The control group did not increase its physical activity.
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The dyslexic high school student's guide to finding the right college
Looking at colleges is stressful for almost all students, but for those with dyslexia the process can be filled with unique challenges. Dyslexia, a learning disorder that makes it difficult for students to read easily, is still often misunderstood by many teachers and school administrators. "Our brains are wired to speak and to learn language," says Ben Shifrin, head of the Jemicy School in Maryland and an Executive Board member of the International Dyslexia Association. "Reading is something that was created by humans and it is not natural for some people."
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Drilling down on education data
District Administration Magazine
A new bounty of academic data is guiding teachers as they adjust instruction in the hopes of boosting student achievement. Some districts are connecting "data coaches" with the teachers' own professional learning communities to ensure this bounty of information fulfills its pedagogical promise. Using portions of the $4 billion Race to the Top initiative, educators in Delaware, Rhode Island, Hawaii and other states have been working with data coaches — many of whom are former teachers — to learn how to parse data to plan lessons and reach end-of-year academic benchmarks, among other short- and long-term goals.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Educational accommodations for learning disabilities and mental illness (Psychology Today)
Flippin schools implement dyslexia intervention (The Baxter Bulletin)
An hour of after-school exercise linked to better cognitive functioning (Medical News Today)
To best serve their students, schools need to be realistic about their special-ed capacity (Chalkbeat New York)
School spending decisions: Are you getting the best value for dollars spent? (District Administration Magazine)

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Study: Genes may play big role in academic success
HealthDay News
Genetics may account for as much as 60 percent of academic achievement, according to a new British study. "Genes are important not just in educational achievement or intelligence but in a whole raft of other traits which contribute to how easy and enjoyable children find learning," said study co-lead author Eva Krapohl, a graduate student at King's College London in England. The research looked at two different things: intelligence and educational achievement. In terms of intelligence, previous research has shown that "about half of the total variance of intelligence can be accounted for by genetic factors," said co-lead author Kaili Rimfeld, also a graduate student at the same college.
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Is it bullying, or ordinary meanness?
Psychology Today (commentary)
Eileen Kennedy-Moore, Ph.D., a contributor for Psychology Today, writes: "If you say the word 'bullying' in a classroom full of elementary school kids, here's what happens: Hands shoot up. Everyone has a story about how someone bullied him or her. Bullying is a serious problem that can have devastating effects. As a clinician, I've seen more than a few adult clients brought to tears by memories of horrifying peer abuse. I've seen kids who feel frightened or wounded by their peers' cruel words or actions, and parents who feel angry or helpless in the face of their child's victimization by other kids."
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Why turn to interdisciplinary learning?
Education Week (commentary)
How do the words interdisciplinary or trans-disciplinary feel? They can both give rise to confusion, resistance, wonder, but then are often abandoned. After all, what do they have to do with accountability for minutes of instruction and preparation for standardized tests? How much do we really know and understand about the "inter" or "trans" nature of everything? And finally, how much do leaders know about how to lead teachers to a place where it can happen?
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