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No Child Left Behind: What standardized test scores reveal about its legacy
The Washington Post
With Congress now attempting to rewrite the No Child Left Behind law (the current version of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary School Act), it's a good time to look at what NCLB accomplished and did not accomplish. Here's one attempt to answer that question.
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Home-schooling parents protest draft IEP proposal by Sandy Hook panel
Education Week
A draft proposal in Connecticut that home-schooled students with disabilities receive individualized education programs and be monitored by their local school districts is meeting with resistance. The recommendation is one of several under consideration from an expert panel in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in December 2012 that left 20 children and six adults dead.
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Slowdown expected in K-12 mobile device growth for 2015
T.H.E. Journal
The market for mobile computing devices in K-12 worldwide has grown by 18 percent, according to new analysis by Futuresource Consulting. That equates to 5.7 million devices being shipped in the fourth quarter of 2014. But that growth pales in comparison to numbers in the United States, where the market grew by 40.5 percent in 2014, driven, according to the research firm, by Common Core and the broad adoption of online assessments.
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A new approach to designing educational technology
Neuropsychologist David Rose spent years helping kids with learning disabilities participate in school by creating digital textbooks with pop-up graphics, text to speech, flexible fonts and other customizable features to fit individual needs. The books were so engaging "that traditional books started to look relatively disabled by comparison," says Rose, co-founder and chief education officer of the Center for Applied Special Technology outside Boston.
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  Student-Paced, Mastery-Based Math

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Bill OK'd to provide resources for students with learning disabilities
Deseret News
About 80 percent of people with learning disabilities in the U.S. have dyslexia, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. But 75 percent of Utah students with dyslexia are denied special help because they "aren't failing enough" in class, according to Karee Atkinson, president of advocacy group Decoding Dyslexia Utah.
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Course design that meets more learners' needs
Campus Technology
At East Carolina University, a quiet revolution is taking place. Several faculty members are using clickers to keep students engaged and check for understanding. Others are recording their lectures and posting them online for students to review at their own pace, or adding video animations to their lessons to make abstract concepts come to life.
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Task force unveils plan to overhaul special education in California
A statewide task force unveiled a 222-page plan to dramatically improve education for students with disabilities, described as the crucial next step in education reform in California. With schools in the state in the throes of adjusting to three new education reforms — the switch to local school district control over spending, the introduction of Common Core State Standards and the rollout of new student assessments — the Statewide Task Force on Special Education is calling for a greater integration of much of special education into the education system, including teacher training, early interventions, the use of evidence-based practices and data tracking.
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    Not giving up on a student (Edutopia (commentary))
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Study identifies children at risk for persistent mathematics difficulties (Penn State News)
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Bill would allow dyslexic kids exemptions from Move On When Reading law
Cronkite News
Under Arizona's Move On When Reading law, as of this school year third-graders whose reading scores fall "far below" average on a statewide assessment won't advance to fourth grade. Saying that could discourage children with dyslexia, a state lawmaker wants to provide students with the learning disability an opportunity to move on regardless.
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Where have all the teachers gone?
VideoBriefThis is the canary in the coal mine. Several big states have seen alarming drops in enrollment at teacher training programs. The numbers are grim among some of the nation's largest producers of new teachers: In California, enrollment is down 53 percent over the past five years. It's down sharply in New York and Texas as well.
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Playtime isn't just for preschoolers — teenagers need it, too
Helicopter parents and teachers, stand down. Kids of all ages need time to learn through play in school. In classrooms across the country, the countdown to summer vacation has begun. The winter doldrums have always taken a toll, but in the era of test-dominated schooling and the controversial Common Core, it seems increasingly that it's not until summer that teenagers have any prospect for having fun any more.
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