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Update on Common Core Regents Exams
Ken Wagner, NYSED Deputy Commissioner
This memorandum provides a summary of the phase-in of the Common Core Regents Exams. In particular, additional details are provided regarding the cut scores that will be posted for test scoring purposes. See entire memo.
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Update on Common Core Regents Exams in ELA & Math
Ken Wagner, NYSED Deputy Commissioner
Transition to Common Core Regents Examinations in English Language Arts and Mathematics.
This memorandum provides information on the transition to Common Core Regents Exams in English Language Arts and in mathematics (Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II). Thank you for reaching out to the Department after the June 2014 Regents schedule was released. Your input will help ensure a smooth transition process for all students. See entire memo.

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  AROUND THE INDUSTRY



Deadlines over, but colleges have hundreds of spots left
Reuters
Traditional college admission deadlines have long passed, but students may still have some options if they didn't get accepted to their dream schools, are having second thoughts about the schools they chose or just didn't get their act together to apply all those months ago. The list of colleges still seeking applicants has grown to more than 450 since the National Association for College Admission Counseling posted its annual "College Openings Update" in early May, said Melissa Clinedinst, NACAC's assistant director of research.
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Reading experience may change the brains of dyslexic students
The New York Times
Among the many challenges faced by children with dyslexia (and by their parents and teachers) is the nagging fear that their difficulties with reading are entirely hard-wired: predetermined by their genes and impossible to change. Recent research offers a balm for that fear. It suggests that experience plays a big role in dyslexia, both in exacerbating reading problems and, potentially, in easing them.
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  Inspirations for Youth and Families

Inspirations for Youth and Families teen rehab is a small, privately run treatment center and private school located in Florida. The program helps teenagers overcome drug and alcohol addiction in a calm, therapeutic setting. Clients participate in daily exercise, counseling, and a variety of therapies. A typical stay at Inspirations lasts 30 to 90 days.
 


6 shifts in education driven by technology
THE Journal
Six critical shifts are happening in education right now that are being driven, at least in part, by technology. According to preliminary findings from an upcoming report, these changes affect everything from the role of the teacher to a rethinking of how schools themselves work. The findings are part of a preliminary report introduced this week by the New Media Consortium and the Consortium for School Networking.
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Is college worth it? Clearly, new data say
The New York Times
For all the struggles that many young college graduates face, a four-year degree has probably never been more valuable. The pay gap between college graduates and everyone else reached a record high last year, according to new data, which is based on an analysis of Labor Department statistics by the Economic Policy Institute in Washington. Americans with four-year college degrees made 98 percent more an hour on average in 2013 than people without a degree.
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Starting off right: States are investing in early education
By Archita Datta Majumdar
In the last two years, the education world has seen a focus on ensuring that the figures for high school graduates and college attendees maintain an upward curve. In many states they have, but not as much or as quickly as expected. But this progress needs to be uniform or the learning gaps will be more lopsided than ever. What is actually needed is an improved education right from the elementary level, and quality early childhood education programs provide the right foundation for learning.
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  When you're here, you're almost there

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Schools teaching empathy to stem relational aggression
The Wall Street Journal
Children still in kindergarten or even younger form cliques and intentionally exclude others, say psychologists and educators who are increasingly noticing the behavior and taking steps to curb it. Special programs are popping up in elementary schools to teach empathy as a means of stemming relational aggression, a psychological term to describe using the threat of removing friendship as a tactical weapon.
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Program helps low-income children reduce behavior problems, boost math, reading
New York University via Medical News Today
A program aimed at reducing behavior problems in order to boost academic achievement has improved performance in math and reading among low-income kindergartners and first-graders, according to a study by researchers at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. Their findings, which appear in the Journal of Educational Psychology, point to the value of well-designed interventions to improve education, the study's authors say.
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Studies focus on how electronic devices, sedentary behaviors impact kids
redOrbit
Young children are often encouraged to pursue activities besides watching TV and playing with electronic devices, and a new report has found that sedentary children can exhibit increased risk for Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease as young as 6 to 8 years old. Published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, the new report is based on the Finland-based Physical Activity and Nutrition in Children Study, which included more than 510 children between the ages of 6 and 8 years old from 2007 to 2009.
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WHO survey reveals rise of self injury in English adolescents
The Guardian
There has been a threefold increase in the number of teenagers who self-harm in England in the last decade, according to a World Health Organization collaborative study. The Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children report, due to be published in the autumn, will reveal that of the 6,000 young people aged 11, 13 and 15 surveyed across England, up to 1 in 5 15-year-olds say they self-harm.
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