High-school students who participate in classroom exercises focused on the idea that people can change may be better able to cope with stress, according to a study published in Psychological Science. Data from two small-scale trials show students taking part in such exercises reported lower stress levels.
Outside weather conditions may affect exam pass rates, according to a working paper that considers how pass rates related to weather trends for nearly 1 million New York City students over 13 years. Data show failure rates increased to almost 11% on 90-degree days, compared with 72-degree days.
Taking a pledge for civility is among the ideas offered in this blog post from educators, journalists and others on helping students learn how to have a civil discourse on controversial issues. Other ideas include establishing rules for respect during in-class and online student discussions.
In Washington, D.C., 69% of high-school seniors graduated on time this year -- up five points from the previous year, data show. Virginia also reported a rise in the number of high-school students graduating in four years -- up from 90.5% last year to 91.3% this year.
The US Supreme Court announced Thursday it would consider the educational benefit for students receiving services from schools under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. This will be the first time since 1982 that the Supreme Court has addressed the mandate for free, appropriate public education.
School and classroom redesigns can help give students more agency and a sense of community, rather than emphasize control and compliance, veteran educator and education consultant Jim Dillon writes in this blog post. He highlights a first-grade classroom as one example.
The Every Student Succeeds Act cites multitiered systems of support as a means of helping low-performing schools succeed. Response to intervention and positive behavioral interventions and supports are common examples, but many schools struggle to properly implement or sustain such programs.
The Chicago Teachers Union is preparing to go on strike Oct. 11. Negotiations have stalled, among other things, on the effort by Chicago Public Schools and Mayor Rahm Emanuel to stop paying a majority of teachers' pension contribution, while the union has sought raises for teachers.
A pair of elementary schools in a Virginia district has eliminated all homework, except for occasional reading at home. Under the policies -- designed to encourage critical thinking and problem-solving -- students will be graded on work produced during the school day and their participation in class.
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