Testing may lead to "stress bias," in which students who have spikes of the stress hormone cortisol get lower test scores, according to a study of 93 elementary- and middle-school students from three New Orleans charter schools. Researchers found that students living in areas with more crime and poverty are more affected by stress, and may be less able "to reveal the things they likely know," says Pamela Cantor, a psychiatrist and founder of an organization that works with children affected by trauma.
About 600 school districts are expected to start using the nonprofit Sandy Hook Promise's mobile app that allows for anonymous reporting of school threats. The app, currently in use in 150 districts, is available to schools for free.
The US Education Department will forgive about $150 million in student debt for some 15,000 borrowers who attended colleges that shut down or that they claim defrauded them. The move comes two months after a federal judge ordered the department to implement the Obama-era Borrower Defense to Repayment rule.
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights recently sent a letter to congressional lawmakers seeking additional oversight of the US Department of Education. The coalition also seeks legislation addressing restraint and seclusion in schools, corporal punishment and school safety.
A class of North Dakota fourth-graders recently acted out roles for a presentation about the Titanic and its history to an audience of parents and community members. Students spent two months doing research and engaging in various exercises, including making graphs, learning vocabulary words and compiling facts and images.
A new report finds that 54% of US hiring managers agree that a college degree is "fairly reliable" in judging the skills of a candidate. The data also show 44% have sought workers with higher levels of education over the past five years, and 64% believe "continuous lifelong learning" will increase the need for degrees and credentials.
Some US business schools are seeing more applicants for full-time MBA programs. An increase at Leeds School of Business in Colorado comes amid increased numbers of entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.
Corn has had a long and complicated evolutionary history, from its beginnings as teosinte in Mexico about 9,000 years ago, to its spread into South America as maize, to its full domestication worldwide today. An international team of scientists charted corn's journey by studying and comparing its DNA, with the results published in Science.
A Michigan school provides Taekwondo lessons to all fourth- and fifth-graders to help them learn emotional control and discipline. Last year, instructor Al Smith was hired to work with students having disciplinary issues, and the program expanded to include all students this year.
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