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8/21/2018

Parents registering their children for school this year in Florida will be asked to note if their children have been referred for mental health services. The requirement is part of a school safety bill passed following the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School earlier this year, but critics are concerned about privacy and the stigmatization of mental illness.

8/21/2018

Only 30% of the top 5,000 ninth-grade students in the American Mathematics Competitions are female, according to research by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Researchers point to systemic bias against girls studying math as a potential reason for the gender gap.

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MarketWatch
8/21/2018

California's adoption of a corequisite approach to remedial math education in college is supported by research, asserts Alexandra Logue from The City University of New York. In this commentary, she shares research from a controlled study of three City University of New York community colleges that showed the effectiveness of a corequisite approach over prerequisite math remediation.

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EdSource
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City University of New York
8/21/2018

A 21st-century approach to education should include more professional discretion for educators, writes Andreas Schleicher, director for education and skills at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. In this commentary, he shares several ways to elevate the teaching profession, including allowing educators to have more autonomy.

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Andreas Schleicher, OECD
8/21/2018

Only 1% of the wealthiest students in England attend a poor-performing school -- compared with about 9% of lower-income students -- according to an analysis from the Labour Party. The Department for Education cites data showing an uptick in the number of students attending good or outstanding schools.

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The Guardian (London)
8/21/2018

Students in New South Wales, Australia, will be required to learn coding concepts beginning in elementary school. By high school, there will be mandatory lessons in nonvisual coding languages.

8/21/2018

Officials in British Columbia in Canada are seeking solutions to high attrition rates among French-immersion teachers in the province. Glyn Lewis, executive director for Canadian Parents for French B.C. and Yukon, says the educators need additional support and resources.

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The Toronto Star
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British Columbia
8/21/2018

Beginning in April, Japan will begin testing the use of English-speaking robots in select schools. The test programme was initiated because of a lack of qualified English-speaking teachers in the country.

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ZDNet
8/20/2018

Elementary-school students need ample time for recess and scheduled "brain breaks," asserts Lori Koerner, a principal at Tremont Elementary School in New York state. In this commentary, she shares that students in her own school balance academics with 50 minutes of recess daily, formal yoga instruction and more breaks to help students refocus -- all while increasing instructional time.

8/20/2018

A Kentucky school district will require all students in fifth, eighth and 12th grades to submit content and defend a portfolio of their work to prepare for transitions in their academic careers. Chief academic officer Carmen Coleman says the program will enhance student performance with quality projects for submission to their digital backpack portfolios.

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