Friday, January 22, 2010

DOES YOUR SCHOOL SUPPORT YOUR CHILD? The University of Michigan polled parents across the U.S. to see what parents thought of the way their children's public schools provided children with support for behavioral, emotional, or family problems. In the poll results, thirty-seven percent of parents gave primary schools an A for supporting for children with issues ranging from AD/HDHD to depression to bullying. Parents were less satisfied with behavioral/emotional support than with educational services. Find the report.

MEDIA USE AND GRADES. A Kaiser Family Foundation study shows that young people are now engaged with media almost 8 hours a day. About grades and media use, the Foundation news release says, "
While the study cannot establish a cause and effect relationship between media use and grades, there are differences between heavy and light media users in this regard. About half (47%) of heavy media users say they usually get fair or poor grades (mostly Cs or lower), compared to about a quarter (23%) of light users. These differences may or may not be influenced by their media use patterns." Find more information.

REMEDIATING READING BUT ATTRACTING THE GIFTED. Jay Mathews of the Washington Post published a letter from a teacher who describes how she "disguised" her remedial reading class. Some students with reading problems had to come to her resource room, an adjunct of the media center; for others, it was voluntary. The teacher writes, "
I found that the kids released from regular class most often were the really bright and those with great difficulties. And they worked well together." Mathews calls her venture "a free-form gifted non-program." Read the letter.

GOT A KID IN AN AP COURSE? The Post's Jay Mathews shares a secret: you can request an Advanced Placement Grade Report for your high school, a report showing student scores on spring AP exams. So what? According to Mathews, "The reports take you beyond the school course guide. They suggest which courses might be best for you and your family members. They are puzzles that, for the first time, everyone has a chance to solve." Read more.

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