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Subsidized housing benefits some kids, not others

Kids with good scores and few behavioral issues are boosted by living in subsidized housing; if the have low scores or behavioral problems, subsidized housing fails them.

Practice tests may help info retrieval under stress

When you're under stress, like taking a test, you don't retrieve info as efficiently from your brain. Practice tests can help with that.

Calif. and U.S. in standoff over a science test

Calif. officials say they shouldn't waste students' time with science tests that don't even test understanding of new science standards. US says they have to.

NAEP reports state-level scores on science test

Scores were released Thursday on the 4th-, 8th-, and 12th-grade science test for NAEP. State-level results might not tell us what we need to know.

More recess LiiNKed to better focus in school

Recess helps, not just with social and physical development, but also with academics, because it increases the amount of time kids pay attention in class.

A healthy diet supports early literacy skills

Diets rich in vegetables, fruit, berries, whole grain, fish, and unsaturated fats and low in sugary products produced better reading scores. From Finland.

Fla. judge: Tests alone can’t hold 3rd graders back

A Fla. judge has ruled that the Bush-era law requiring 3rd graders to pass a reading test is no good.

More students take ACT, but scores drop a little

ACT participation is up a little, achievement of the college-readiness benchmark on the test is down a little. Some state data is released.

PARCC attacks critics with copyright claims

Can test questions be copyrighted, and can the maker of a test block reproduction of test questions in the digital age?

Students opt out with testing overload

Opting out of tests has become a habit, esp. in some states, like N.Y. Teachers College surveyed parents to determine their reasons.