Some parents are using private tutors and test prep companies to prepare their young children for a Virginia school district's gifted screening testing, given in the second grade. District officials discourage the practice, informing parents that the test is one of three selection criteria and that gifted-ed is meant for students who learn differently.
A Massachusetts middle school has created a buddy program that has general-education students volunteer to be peer models for students with special needs. The students work together on projects, and the peer models help their buddies improve social and communication skills.
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Many teachers feel they do not have a voice, educator Barbara Blackburn says in this interview. Blackburn and fellow educator Mary Tarashuk offer advice to help teachers find their voices and help students to be heard, too.
Middle- and high-school students at California's Paso Robles Joint Unified School District will soon be able to take most of their classes online. The online academy will offer such courses as math and English as well as preparatory classes for the ACT, SAT and PSAT, officials said.
Officials in New York City plan to spend more than $12 million this year and another $14.8 million next year to fix an online system that supports more than 190,000 students with disabilities in the city's schools. Critics say the costly system is responsible for students missing out on needed services.
Researchers examined more than 2,500 high-school football players from 24 schools in Greenville, S.C., and found that those who participated in the Heads Up concussion prevention program had one-third lower odds of developing head injuries, compared with those who weren't in the program. The findings presented at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine meeting also showed a 27% faster recovery from concussion among those who were in the program.