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As 2014 comes to a close, NYSSCA would like to wish its members, supporters, affiliates and other related professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for our profession, we would like to provide the readers of NYSSCA Today a look at the most accessed articles this quarter. Our regular publication will resume Thursday, Jan. 8.


SAT to drop essay requirement, return to top score of 1600
The Washington Post
From March 6: The SAT college admission test will no longer require a timed essay, will dwell less on fancy vocabulary and will return to the familiar 1600-point scoring scale in a major overhaul intended to open doors to higher education for students who are now shut out. The second redesign of the SAT in this century aims to strip many of the tricks out of a test currently administered to more than 1.5 million students in every high school graduating class.
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Report finds school counselors stretched too thin
The Associated Press via The Washington Times
From June 5: High school guidance counselors throughout the county are in the midst of saying goodbye to the class of 2014. While educators hope they're sending graduates off on the right path to their future, the truth is they just don't know for certain. A new report commissioned by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Foundation finds that school counselors are not able to meet the range of students' needs, due in large part to a stagnant system and a variety of situations often out of their control. The report was done to assess the current state of school counseling to see whether the landscape had changed much the past two decades.
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Why schools should screen their students' mental health
TIME
From Oct. 16: Schools should be a first line of defense for catching young people at risk for mental health issues from depression to ADHD, a pair of new reports says. Kids and adolescents spend a significant amount of their time in school, yet providing mental health screenings and care is not an overarching requirement for many schools. "We need to think about how to embed mental health services so they become part of the culture in schools," says study author Dr. Mina Fazel, a child psychiatrist at the University of Oxford. "It will take a commitment from health and education."
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Help out a school counselor? I'm in, with #hscc2015
The Huffington Post
From Nov. 6: There is a movement afoot to help out public school counselors in a very important way. Here's how it's worked, so far: When it comes to helping students apply to college, there's nothing like the annual conference of the National Association for College Admission Counseling. About 6,000 college representatives, school counselors, and other professionals involved in college access meet to get caught up on current trends and issues, consider where the college application process is heading, and talk about the students that are applying to college.
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School counselors do more than you'd think
Pacific Standard
From Oct. 2: Hiring just one additional school counselor in an average American school could have about a third of the effect of recruiting all the school's teachers from a pool of candidates in the top 15 percent of their profession, according to a new analysis. That's also about the effect you'd expect from lowering class sizes by adding two teachers to a school of around 500 — either way, not too shabby.
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The real reasons New York has the country's most segregated schools
The Daily Beast
From April 3: New York City occupies a special place in the American consciousness as the tumultuous seat of our financial markets and the buzzing capital of our culture. Most importantly, it's the city that exemplifies American pluralism, the "melting pot" that attracts new immigrants looking for work and college graduates drawn from their hometowns by the promise of excitement and diversity. So, when it turns out that the melting pot has the most segregated schools in the country, as a new study reports, it suggests that something has gone very wrong in our approach to education.
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School counselors' duties expanding with growth of social media
Tribune-Review
From Sept. 25: When Jennifer DiVittis was in high school, she went to her guidance counselor for help scheduling classes and applying for college. Now that she's a counselor herself — at Norwin Middle School, DiVittis not only handles schedules and college prep, she also must help students with personal problems and with their social and problem-solving skills. Psychological issues, she says, form "the majority of our work. We do it all." DiVittis is one of two counselors at the junior high and head of the Norwin School District's guidance department.
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A school counselor's updated request to Michelle Obama
The Huffington Post
From Nov. 25: It's been almost a year since Michelle Obama raised the importance of college awareness and college opportunity, and almost a year since I asked Obama to make sure this discussion included awareness of the need for better training in college advising for the school counselors. One year isn't long in the policy-making world, but it still seems like a good time to ask: How's it going?
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Doctors are talking about creating a new attention disorder for 'daydreamy' kids
Business Insider via San Francisco Chronicle
From April 17: According to the New York Times, some researchers say that almost two million American kids could have a controversial attention disorder called "sluggish cognitive tempo." Half of these kids are a subset of the six million currently diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder — usually called ADHD. They make up a group of non-hyperactive children who have been sorted into the ADHD group, and could potentially be re-classified as having this new condition.
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Duncan urges states to invest in counselors, still moves to consolidate aid
Education Week
From July 10: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is urging state chiefs to do everything they can to support school counselors and get the most mileage possible out of federal funds to train them. But the Obama administration has continually sought to consolidate the main federal program that finances K-12 counselors, to the chagrin of advocates.
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