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Subsidized housing benefits some kids, not others

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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