The LD Source
Jun. 12, 2014

Which states spend the most on education?
USA Today
For the third year, public expenditure per student fell nationwide, according to a recent release from the U.S. Census Bureau. Per pupil, school spending totaled $10,608 in 2012, roughly the same amount as the year before. Due to a number of factors, however, spending per student ranged widely among the 50 states. New York was the nation's top spender, at $19,552 per pupil. Utah, on the other hand, spent just $6,206 for every student. Based on the U.S. Census Bureau's latest release on education spending, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the states that spent the most and least on education per student.More

How students make progress in learning
When we think and talk about learning, the metaphors we use matter. The language we employ when we describe how learning works can illuminate the process, allowing us to make accurate judgments and predictions — or it can lead us astray, setting up false expectations and giving us a misleading impression of what's going on. One of the most common analogies we apply to education is that of a staircase. As we learn, this model assumes, we steadily ascend in our knowledge and skills, leaving more elementary approaches behind. A child learning math, for example, will replace a simple strategy like counting on fingers with a more sophisticated strategy like retrieving math facts from memory.More

Most US students won't be taking PARCC or Smarter Balanced tests
Education Week
If states' current testing plans remain steady for a year, only 42 percent of the K-12 students in the United States are likely to take common assessments designed by the two federal funded testing consortia, PARCC and Smarter Balanced. Fifty-eight percent of U.S. K-12 students live in states that have chosen other tests, or haven't yet decided which tests they're using.More

Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal
The latest issue (Volume 20, Issue 2) of Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, has recently been released. In this issue you will find a wide variety of articles that continue to expand our knowledge base on important topics in the field of learning disabilities. This issue is published by Sagamore Publishing for LDA . Grab a PDF of one of the current articles, find out more about the Journal and learn how to subscribe and receive a copy of this timely issue.More

What does a good Common Core lesson look like?
As NPR detailed, teachers and school leaders have a lot of work do to adopt curricula aligned with the new Common Core State Standards. In the Internet era, the best resources should be able to easily leap political boundaries and get into the hands of teachers across the country. But reading and digesting the standards and determining what lessons best fulfill them is a big, big job. And as a result, the media discussion of the Common Core — and thus its political chances — has been influenced by a few pieces of math homework that weren't, frankly, particularly high quality, or necessarily well-aligned.More

Most US students won't be taking PARCC or Smarter Balanced tests
Education Week
If states' current testing plans remain steady for a year, only 42 percent of the K-12 students in the United States are likely to take common assessments designed by the two federal funded testing consortia, PARCC and Smarter Balanced. More

Common Core's promise collides with IEP realities
Education Week
One of the most promising elements of common academic standards for students with disabilities, say experts in special education, is that they offer explicit connections from one set of skills to another.More

In plain language: 5 big FAQ's about dyslexia
Psychology Today
Psychologists, cognitive scientists and neuroscientists are unraveling the mysteries of dyslexia. But if you are a parent, teacher or caregiver, it may be hard to read and comprehend the latest research.More

Children see improvement in language when they are physically fit
Physically fit children are not only healthier, they have faster and more robust neuro-electrical brain responses while reading, according to a new study by researchers from the University of Illinois. The findings were published in the Brain and Cognition journal. Although the research doesn't prove that higher fitness directly effects the changes in the electrical activity in the brain, it does offer a mechanism to explain why physical fitness associates closely with improved cognitive performance with a variety of tasks and language skills.More

Study examines the conflicting findings on effects of more school time
Education Week
Does more school time improve student academic performance? It's a simple question, but researchers have not been able to agree on an answer. Some studies have found that more instructional time does not increase academic achievement in developed countries; other studies that have examined school experiments with time have found that it does.More

A curriculum to strengthen students against cyberbullying
The New York Times
The Facing History School in New York City takes a unique approach to cyberbullying, based in part on its partnership with Facing History and Ourselves, a professional development organization that integrates the concepts of identity, community, responsibility, decision-making and participation into all aspects of its curriculum. By looking at case studies about social injustices, students try to understand the circumstances and decisions surrounding these events and then relate that back to their own experience and communities.More

What's lost as handwriting fades
The New York Times
Does handwriting matter? Not very much, according to many educators. The Common Core standards, which have been adopted in most states, call for teaching legible writing, but only in kindergarten and first grade. After that, the emphasis quickly shifts to proficiency on the keyboard. But psychologists and neuroscientists say it is far too soon to declare handwriting a relic of the past. New evidence suggests that the links between handwriting and broader educational development run deep.More

Report: Teacher absenteeism can hurt student achievement
U.S. News & World Report
Teachers nationwide are in the classroom 94 percent of the school year, but students may still be getting shortchanged by the more than 1 in 10 teachers deemed to be chronically absent, according to a new report released by the National Council on Teacher Quality. Using data from 40 large school districts across the country from the 2012-2013 school year the NCTQ found that, on average, teachers missed nearly 11 days out of a 186-day school year. This is considered frequently absent. Still, 16 percent of those teachers missed 18 or more days — equivalent to about 10 percent of the school year — and were considered chronically absent, the report found.More