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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Early Screening is Vital to Children and their Families

Homeroom – Michael Yudin

“How a child plays, learns, speaks, moves, and behaves all offer important clues about a child’s development. A delay in any of these developmental milestones could be a sign of developmental challenges…Early intervention services…can really make a difference and enhance a child’s learning and development.”(more)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

‘Tougher’ GCSEs and A-levels revealed

BBC News – Sean Coughlan

“There will be a stronger emphasis on maths skills and final end-of-course exams, as tougher, new-look GCSEs and A-levels for England are revealed.”(more)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Beyond exams: Schools assess pupils’ other talents

BBC News – Patrick Howse

“…an increasing number of schools are looking at different ways of assessing their pupils’ abilities and aptitudes. Many have introduced psychometric assessments as a way of measuring, developing and instilling character and resilience into pupils.”(more)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Primary school tests to be toughened, says minister

BBC News – Hannah Richardson

“Assessments for pupils when they start primary school and tougher tests when they leave are part of a new package of measures to monitor school performance. Ministers says the new tests, to be introduced in 2016, will ensure higher standards…”(more)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Taking Time to Talk with Your Child about Tests

Homeroom – Staff Writer

“Assessments are part of life at school, but they don’t have to be a source of stress. Helping your child prepare properly for an exam is important, and the conversation doesn’t have to stop after the test is complete. Below are some tips parents might consider discussing with their child:”(more)

Despite outrageous school spending, students actually dumber than in 1972

The Daily Caller – Robby Soave

“The amount of money that the American taxpayers have been forced to spend on public schools has more than doubled in the last few years — even though such spending has had no demonstrable impact on students’ intelligence levels, a bombshell new study found.”(more)

Friday, March 7, 2014

National School Breakfast Week 2014 & National Nutrition Month

Department of Food and Nutrition – P. Parham

National School Breakfast Week will be celebrated during the week of March 3-7, 2014…Research shows that…students who participated in the School Breakfast Program scored higher on achievement tests and were better prepared for learning… National Nutrition Month® was initiated in March 1973…and became a month-long observance in 1980…”(more)

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Socialization technique helps in academic achievement, trial study finds

The Washington Post – Lyndsey Layton

At a time when teacher evaluations and school performance are increasingly judged by student test scores, many educators may feel that limited classroom time is better spent on academics and not “softer” social skills, Rimm-Kaufman said. The study shows that teaching social skills in the elementary years can translate into higher test scores, she said.”(more)

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Sharpen those pencils: The SAT test is getting harder

USA Today – Gregg Zoroya

Creators of the SAT exam announced plans Wednesday to toughen the test in the face of stagnant national scores, planning to challenge students to provide more analysis, cite evidence and even turn in their calculators before answering some math questions.”(more)

Friday, February 28, 2014

The false tradeoffs of test scores, creativity, and happiness

Thomas B. Fordham Institute – Brandon Wright

“Rationalizing America’s lackluster academic performance is something of a cottage industry. One of the most popular ways people explain away our low test scores is to claim that they don’t matter much anyway…But what if these rationalizations are questionable?…What if super hardworking students in, say, South Korea and Japan are scoring worlds better than us on international tests and are more innovative and happy?”(more)