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Well-being should be on all report cards

E-School News – Angie King

“New technologies may help children learn, as Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg hope, but as a teacher, I feel strongly that the most impactful change we could make to improve learning in America is to embrace positive education as aggressively as possible. Rooted in the work of Martin Seligman and positive psychology, positive education integrates academics with learning about character and well-being. It emphasizes training the heart as well as the mind in education. Positive education aims to cultivate resiliency, a growth mindset, learned optimism, positive emotions, mindfulness, gratitude and positive relationships in students. I have seen how it can transform learners.” (more)

Poll: The Majority of California Parents Like New State Report Card

Education Week – Daarel Burnette II

“Despite all the criticism, California parents are pretty fond of a redesigned and highly controversial statewide school report card, according to a recently released poll conducted by USC and a prominent think tank. The report card was released last year as part of California’s new statewide accountability system. The state was one of the first to publish a report card compliant with the Every Student Succeeds Act.” (more)

A’s on the rise in U.S. report cards, but SAT scores founder

USA Today – Greg Toppo

“The good news on America’s report cards: More high school teachers are handing out A’s. But the bad news is that students aren’t necessarily learning more. Recent findings show that the proportion of high school seniors graduating with an A average — that includes an A-minus or A-plus — has grown sharply over the past generation, even as average SAT scores have fallen. In 1998, it was 38.9%. By last year, it had grown to 47%. That’s right: Nearly half of America’s Class of 2016 are A students. Meanwhile, their average SAT score fell from 1,026 to 1,002 on a 1,600-point scale — suggesting that those A’s on report cards might be fool’s gold.”(more)

Just 20 More Minutes Of Sleep Could Boost Your Kids’ Grades

The Huffington Post – Sarah DiGiulio

“Here’s one more reason kids’ bedtimes matter so much. A new study published in the journal Sleep Medicine found that teaching kids about the importance of sleep allowed them to get nearly 20 minutes more of it per night. What’s more, to the researchers’ surprise, that extra 20 minutes in bed yielded higher grades in both math and English on students’ report cards. According to its author, this study sends a clear message to parents to prioritize their kids’ sleep. “Sleep should not be negotiated every night, and there should be a consistent bedtime every night. Teach kids that sleep is a priority,” advised psychologist Reut Gruber, director of the Attention Behavior and Sleep Lab at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and associate professor in faculty of medicine at McGill University in Montreal. “Make sure kids go to bed at a time that allows them sufficient sleep duration, even in the presence of competing activities and priorities,” she added.”(more)

Study Says ‘Fat Report Cards’ Ineffective at Reducing Obesity

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“Schools in nine states are keeping track of the weight of their students and sending updates to their parents as a sort of “BMI report card,” but a recent study examining Arkansas, the first state to implement the idea, has found the practice to have little effect, especially on older teenagers. According to study author Kevin Gee, the letters sent home do make an attempt to cut back the increasing rate of obesity. However, he added that they were unlikely to have any effect on the adolescents they are meant to help.”(more)

Parents and Researchers Agree–Illinois Has Awesome School Report Cards

Students First – Halli Bayer

“But a new report from the Education Commission of the States (ECS) shows that at least some parents and researchers agree on one thing — Illinois has awesome school report cards. Of the dozens of school report card sites, the Illinois site was the only one that earned top reviews from both parents and experts.”(more)