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Saturday, October 18, 2014

For a Better Brain, Learn Another Language

The Atlantic – Cody C. Delistraty

“…the benefits of speaking multiple languages extend past just having access to different words, concepts, metaphors, and frames. Multilingualism has a whole slew of incredible side effects: Multi-linguals tend to score better on standardized tests, especially in math, reading, and vocabulary; they are better at remembering lists or sequences…” (more)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Want to Ace That Test? Get the Right Kind of Sleep.

The New York Times – Benedict Carey

“There is research suggesting that different kinds of sleep can aid different kinds of learning, and by teaching “sleep study skills,” we can let our teenagers enjoy the sense that they’re gaming the system…for any young student who wants to do better — in school, in sports, in music or even in the social whirl (yes, that’s learning too) — knowing the science of sleep will help them respect slumber for what it is: learning consolidation.” (more)

Friday, October 10, 2014

Kindergarten-Readiness Tests Gain Ground

Education Week – Catherine Gewertz

“For 20 kindergartners at Parr’s Ridge Elementary School, the morning is packed with singing and dancing, playing an alphabet game with sticks, and cutting big oval shapes out of paper. And while these are typical classroom activities, many also double as something else: parts of an assessment…What’s happening here reflects a national surge of interest in better sizing up and serving children as they enter the K-12 school system.” (more)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Many Districts Lagging on Implementing Common Core, Survey Finds

Education Week – Catherine Gewertz

“With springtime testing for the common core only months away, nearly a third of district superintendents are still scrambling to put in place the curriculum and professional development necessary to teach the standards, according to survey results released Wednesday.” (more)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Will Common-Core Testing Platforms Impede Math Tasks?

Education Week – Liana Heitin

“As two state consortia work to finish new assessments aligned with the Common Core State Standards, some mathematics experts say they’re worried that the computer-based testing platforms will hamper a key element of the exams: open-ended math-performance tasks that test students’ ability to apply their knowledge.” (more)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

How a decade of testing made education ‘significantly’ better

The Washington Post – Jim Tankersley

“Believe it or not kids, there was once a time when public school years didn’t revolve around standardized tests. That time ended in 2002, when President George W. Bush signed No Child Left Behind into law. The bill pushed states to set challenging metrics for student achievement, to test kids against those metrics and to take action against schools that didn’t push more and more students to clear the bar every year. By 2014, the law said, every schoolkid in America would need to show proficiency in reading and math.” (more)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Big Year Looms for Common-Core Testing

Education Week – Catherine Gewertz

“For four years, schools in nearly every state have been working to put the Common Core State Standards into practice in classrooms, but few have put them to the test—literally. This year, that changes…Schools will be held responsible for how well they’ve imparted the new standards…” (more)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Are elementary school start times too early for young children?

Floyd County Times – Staff Writer

“…the research was led by Peggy S. Keller, UK associate professor in the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences. She found that earlier school start times were associated with lower standardized test scores, poorer attendance, lower school rank and school under-performance.” (more)

The Three Dimensions of Student Achievement

Education Week – Ron Berger

“When a student is finished with school and moves into adult life, she will be judged not by her ability to perform on a test of basic skills, but by the quality of her work and character. This holds true regardless of what career or life role she chooses. Quality work and character are the keys to a successful life. So why are they not the primary focus of schools?” (more)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Students in Fla. Choice Program Keep Up With National Learning Gains, Study Says

Education Week – Andrew Ujifusa

“With Florida’s tax-credit scholarship program slated to expand its reach in upcoming years, a study of 2012-13 academic year test scores from students in the program shows they are keeping up with their counterparts across the country when it comes to learning gains on national norm-referenced tests.” (more)