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12/6/2016

US students performed near average in science and reading on the 2015 Program for International Student Assessment. However, assessment data released today show a dip in math performance on the exam.

12/6/2016

Allowing students access to notes for most exams and quizzes helps support learning, middle-school teacher Amber Chandler explains. In this blog post, Chandler offers three important key ways open-note exams help students.

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Amber Chandler
12/6/2016

The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education in a report released today predicts stagnant high-school graduation rates among most student populations, noting growth among Hispanic students. Report authors say the trend could pose challenges for colleges and universities.

12/6/2016

In this blog post, Fred Ende, assistant director of curriculum and instructional services for Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES in New York, suggests several resolutions for professional development. Resolutions include focusing more on "learning" in professional-development planning.

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Fred Ende, Westchester BOCES
12/6/2016

The Obama administration has announced several initiatives to boost computer science education as part the Computer Science for All initiative. The initiatives include an expansion of the US Department of Education's 21st Century Community Learning Centers.

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12/6/2016

President-elect Donald Trump's support for a school-voucher program has some officials considering whether the GOP and school groups are headed for an impasse. However, some say Trump's focus on school choice could be a unifying force for education groups.

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12/6/2016

Physicians from the University of North Carolina and Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City recently weighed in on whether they would advise canceling high-school football programs because of research showing risk of concussions and other serious injuries. Dr. Lewis Margolis, a pediatrician and epidemiologist at the University of North Carolina, asserts that the benefits of high-school football do not outweigh the risks.

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12/6/2016

Parents spend about nine hours and 22 minutes in front of a screen each day -- roughly the same as their teenage children and three hours more than tweens -- according to a survey by Common Sense Media. The survey considered the habits of almost 2,000 parents who have children ages 8 to 18.

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12/5/2016

"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and "To Kill a Mockingbird" are under scrutiny in a Virginia school district, following a parent complaint about the inclusion of racial slurs in the books. Officials with the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom support teaching the titles, suggesting that schools teach the books' historical contexts or forgo reading the books aloud.

12/5/2016

Leaders often fall into four categories -- bystanders, regulators, negotiators and collaborators -- Peter DeWitt, an author, presenter and former elementary-school principal, writes in this blog post. He offers questions for reflection to help leaders identify which style they most often use.

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