Aug. 14, 2014

NYSSCA Conference 2014 — Oct.31 - Nov. 1, 2014 — Hilton Albany
"School Counselors: Informed, Accountable, Impactful" Call for Programs Form is available on the Conference Page of our website at www.nyssca.org.

Online registration now open. Hotel registrations being accepted.

Information regarding the College Tour and Dinner at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. NYSSCA Awards Program nominations also being accepted for School Counselor of the Year, Leadership Grant, Career Achievement, and Outstanding Program, Practice, or Project.

See all of this information and links to reservations and nominations at www.nyssca.org — register now. More

NYSED releases 50 percent of questions from 2014 grades 3-8 assessments
questions illustrate the breadth and depth of
standards measured by NYS tests

The New York State Education Department today released approximately 50 percent of the questions used on the 2014 Grades 3-8 assessments (a 100 percent increase in the number released for the 2013 tests). The released questions will help students, families, educators, and the public understand the breadth and depth with which the state tests measure college and career readiness.

The released questions represent a range of difficulty and illustrate how student performance is assessed in accordance with the learning expectations and instructional shifts established by the New York State Common Core Learning Standards. Released questions can help inform classroom instruction and local assessment practices.

The released items are posted here: https://www.engageny.org/resource/new-york-state-common-core-sample-questions. More

The First Lady's address and remarks at the ASCA Annual Conference
Missed the First Lady's address at the ASCA Annual Conference? Read her speech, or watch the video. And learn more about how ASCA is working with the Reach Higher Initiative.More

Fewer New York educators will get extra help
The Wall Street Journal
A little-noted part of a recent compromise in Albany means that for the coming two years, potentially thousands of New York teachers whose students foundered on state tests won't get intensive help to improve. Before the June deal, all teachers and principals rated "ineffective" or "developing" had to get formal improvement plans spelling out their weaknesses, prescriptions to fix them and timelines for getting better. Now educators whose forthcoming ratings get pulled below satisfactory levels by test scores won't have to get such targeted coaching.More

Helping your child start a new school
Current in Carmel
The start of a new school year can be an exciting time, but for kids starting a new school, it can also be a time of anxiety. Whether your child is starting school for the first time, or you recently moved and have to switch schools, a new school can cause school-related separation anxiety or even school refusal. You can help make your child's transition to a new school easier with these six tips: Talk it up. List all the great things about your child's new school, including special features that may be unique to the school. For example, a brand new science lab or a playground with lots of green space.More

The danger of back to school
Psychology Today
Imagine a job in which your work every day is micromanaged by your boss. You are told exactly what to do, how to do it, and when to do it. You are required to stay in your seat until your boss says you can move. Each piece of your work is evaluated and compared, every day, with the work done by your fellow employees. You are rarely trusted to make your own decisions. Research on employment shows that this is not only the most tedious employment situation, but also the most stressful. Micromanagement drives people crazy. Kids are people, and they respond just as adults do to micromanagement, to severe restrictions on their freedom, and to constant, unsolicited evaluation.More

These are the states with the best and worst school systems, according to new rankings
The Huffington Post
A new education ranking found that students in New Jersey are receiving a much better education than students in Mississippi. The ranking, from the personal finance site Wallethub, outlines the best and worst states for K-12 education, given the connection between one's education and future earning potential. The ranking was based on 12 factors, including student dropout rate, pupil/teacher ratio, test scores, rates of bullying and school safety measures.More

In school shootings, 'he just snapped' is a myth, psychologist says
Education Week
It's become a cliché after school shootings: As the public searches for an explanation for the attack, news outlets quote family members or witnesses who say the shooter "just snapped." But "he just snapped" is a myth, Anders Goranson, a psychologist and threat-assessment specialist, said in a lecture here at annual meeting of the American Psychological Association Thursday. The path to a violent mass attack often starts with a relatable frustration that grows through cultivation and study by the attacker, he said. And attackers usually experience "leakage" before they act, giving indications that they are planning to do something, he said.More

Poverty and the perception of poverty: How both matter for schooling outcomes
eSchool News
Compensating for students' socio-economic disadvantage is one of the greatest challenges facing teachers, school leaders and education systems as a whole. However, data from PISA show that some countries are much better at this than others. Consider the chart above. The horizontal axis shows the percentage of lower secondary teachers who work in schools where their principal reported that more than 30 percent of students in their school were from disadvantaged homes.More

Schools brace for up to 50,000 migrant kids
USA Today
Schools across the USA are bracing for as many as 50,000 immigrant children who would start school this fall, most of them unaccompanied by their families. "We haven't started school yet, so we are all just holding our breath to see what's going to come on the first day of school," says Caroline Woodason, assistant director of school support for Dalton Public Schools in Georgia. Under federal law, all children are entitled to a free public education, regardless of their immigration status.More

Rethinking the K-12 wireless landscape with E-rate 2.0
EdTech Magazine
When the FCC approved E-rate 2.0, it must have felt a little like Christmas for some district technology directors. A divided FCC voted in July on a package of massive changes to its 18-year-old telecommunications subsidy program for schools and libraries. The newly revised E-rate adds $1 billion to target wireless broadband connections in schools and libraries, with another $1 billion the following year. It also eases the process for schools and libraries to apply for these funds and lowers the barrier of entry for high-poverty applicants.More

PTA fundraising data shows massive gap between haves and have-nots
Government Technology
Department of Education data obtained by The New York World reveals a stark contrast between a few well-funded PTAs and more than 1,000 other smaller organizations across the city.More

Deconstructing the confusion surrounding the Common Core State Standards
By: Ryan Clark
Across the country, children, parents and teachers of applicable states are spending their summers dreading the return of the controversial Common Core State Standards Initiative. If recent poll results are any indication, the fervor of last spring's backlash against the standards hasn't died down. More