Aug. 6, 2015

NYSSCA Annual Conference 2015 — Register now!
New York State School Counselor Association Annual Conference 2015
"School Counselors: Advocating Access for All!"

Special Keynote Speaker, Dr. Carolyn Stone, ASCA Ethics Committee Chair and Professor, Univ. of North Florida
The Sagamore Resort, on Lake George, Bolton Landing, NY
Nov. 20-21, 2015
Participant online registration here.
Exhibitor online registration here.


New York state tops nation in education spending
Crain's New York Business
Local governments around the state started pulling out their hair when state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli announced the property tax cap formula will limit hikes in property taxes next year to less than 1 percent (0.78 to be exact). Such a small increase will be a problem, especially because some costs like pension contributions are rising at a much faster rate. But for school districts, one fact is inescapable: New York spends more than any other state on K-12 education per pupil and a lot more than even nearby Connecticut and New Jersey.More

School counselor reacts to university making SAT/ACT optional
George Washington University will no longer require undergraduate applicants to submit ACT/SAT scores for admission starting the 2016-2017 school year, according to the university press release. The decision came after the university access committee adopted a test-optional policy. Dean of Admissions Karen Felton said she believes making the test scores a requirement has long discouraged potential applicants.More

Study: Poverty harms brain development in children
By: Dorothy L. Tengler
Between 2009 and 2010, 1 million more children in America joined the ranks of those living in poverty, bringing the total to an estimated 15.7 million poor children. Poverty can impede a child's ability to learn and contribute to social, emotional and behavioral problems, as well as poor health and mental health. In fact, new research shows poverty appears to affect the brain development of children, hampering the growth of gray matter and impairing their academic performance.More

Common Core for college readiness
U.S. News & World Report (commentary)
Tiffany Miller, a contributor for U.S. News & World Report, writes: "It's that time of year again where new high school graduates are preparing for their next adventure — their first year of college. It can be both exciting and scary, especially for first-generation college students. I should know, I was one of them. I had no idea what to expect. I didn't know which classes to select or how to acclimate to a new culture that I had never been exposed to. I thought I was prepared academically — but wasn't really sure. Would I be able to keep up? What exactly was expected of me? Would I graduate?"More

Arne Duncan on accountability in ESEA reauthorization
Education Week
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan may only have eighteen months left in office — but they're critical months when it comes to the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The House and Senate each passed bills that take aim at the Obama administration's K-12 priorities when it comes to teacher evaluation, standards, and more. While the Republican-backed House bill was somewhat of a lost cause, the administration couldn't secure much of its ask-list in the Senate bill — particularly when it came to beefing up accountability — before it passed with big partisan support.More

8 things I wish my high school counselor told me about applying to college
Being a high school senior is tough. With the competitive nature of college admissions these days, balancing academics, extracurricular activities, family commitments and applications is truly a feat. While high school counselors are at their disposal during the crucial months of October through December, seniors are tirelessly scouring college confidential forums, messaging alumni and hacking into college admissions databases simply because they aren't getting the information they want and need. So here's the million-dollar question: What questions do 12th-graders have that aren't being answered by the school counseling department?More

Why schools over-discipline children with disabilities
The Atlantic
A quarter-century ago, on July 26, 1990, Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act to give people with disabilities equal access to services like public education. But the rate at which special-needs students are disciplined raises questions about how equal that access truly is. In public schools today, children with disabilities are far more likely than their classmates to be disciplined, removed from the classroom, suspended and even expelled.More

Digital literacy yields test gains, better behavior
District Administration Magazine
Test scores have improved and online bullying incidents have been virtually eliminated at a California school that added weekly digital literacy instruction to its curriculum five years ago. In response to an online bullying incident in 2010, parent Diana Garber and Journey School, a public K-8 charter with 400 students in California's Capistrano USD, created the Cyber Civics curriculum for the middle school grades.More

Calling the question
Inside Higher Ed
In 2010, when Campus Pride urged the Common Application to add optional questions about gender identity and sexual orientation, the idea was novel. No colleges at that time included such questions, and early in 2011, the Common Application rejected the proposal. But in August 2011, Elmhurst College became the first college to add such questions and others have followed. Among them are such large and prominent institutions as Duke University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Iowa. With the University of California system adding the question this year, a huge applicant pool will face the questions — optional as they are at all institutions that have adopted them.More

African-American students in the US get criminalized while white students get treatment
The Huffington Post
When black and white kids act up or display troubling behavior at schools, teachers and administrators often address it with differing responses split along racial lines, new research shows. Black students are more likely to be punished with suspensions, expulsions or referrals to law enforcement, a phenomenon that helps funnel kids into the criminal justice system. Meanwhile, white kids are more likely to be pushed into special education services or receive medical and psychological treatment for their perceived misbehaviors, according to a study in the journal Sociology of Education.More

Red flags on the road to ESEA rewrite
Education Week
"The pundits told us it would never happen — that Republicans and Democrats will never agree on a way to replace No Child Left Behind." So said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., just hours before the U.S. Senate did just that — passing its own version of an Elementary and Secondary Education Act rewrite with overwhelming bipartisan support July 16. But sending a final bill to President Barack Obama's desk — at least one that he's willing to sign — will be an entirely different challenge.More