NWEA testing tips

NWEA testing tips

The NWEA testing sessions are beginning this week.  Some tips that can help your student are:

  1. Getting to bed at a reasonable hour for the best rest you can get.
  2. Have a good breakfast – food in our bellies helps our brain work.
  3. In the evening practice reading and answering questions.

All of these easy tips can help your student.

Wayne County Regional Enhancement Education Millage Proposal

Wayne County Regional Enhancement Education Millage Proposal

 

School districts in Wayne County have placed a proposal on the November 8th ballot to provide added funding for our schools. It is the “Regional Enhancement Millage Proposal.”

If approved by the entire county, the 2 mil proposal will generate approximately $6.2 million from Dearborn but the District will receive $7.8 million in additional funding for our schools.  Money would go to local schools starting this year and the millage expires after six years.  Read the rest of this entry

Wayne County Regional Enhancement Education Millage Proposal

Wayne County Regional Enhancement Education Millage Proposal

 

School districts in Wayne County have placed a proposal on the November 8th ballot to provide added funding for our schools. It is the “Regional Enhancement Millage Proposal.”

If approved by the entire county, the 2 mil proposal will generate approximately $6.2 million from Dearborn but the District will receive $7.8 million in additional funding for our schools.  Money would go to local schools starting this year and the millage expires after six years.  Read the rest of this entry

New U.S. rules for standardized testing have been drafted. Here’s what they mean for kids.

New U.S. rules for standardized testing have been drafted. Here’s what they mean for kids.

Last December, Congress passed a new federal education law called the Every Student Succeeds Act, replacing No Child Left Behind. With it will come new rules for states to follow regarding standardized testing for “accountability” purposes. Negotiators have agreed on draft rules, which will soon be released so the public can comment before the rules are actually approved and enforced.

How will students and teachers be affected if the draft rules are not changed and are finalized? Here’s a post explaining all of that by Monty Neill, executive director of the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, known as  FairTest, a nonprofit organization that works to end the misuses of standardized testing and to ensure that evaluation of students, educators and schools is fair, open, valid and educationally sound.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2016/04/28/new-u-s-rules-for-standardized-testing-have-been-drafted-heres-what-they-mean-for-kids/

 

Number of U.S. Students in Special Education Ticks Upward

Number of U.S. Students in Special Education Ticks Upward

In interesting read. http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/04/20/number-of-us-students-in-special-education.html

After years of steady decline, the nationwide count of school-age students covered under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act has shown an upswing since the 2011-12 school year based on the most recently available federal data, driven by rapid growth in such disability categories as autism. Students with specific learning disabilities such as dyslexia have been, and remain, the largest group of those covered under the IDEA.

Why Are Play Skills Important and How Can We Build These Skills?

Why Are Play Skills Important and How Can We Build These Skills?

The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (AOTA) has published several tip sheets for “living life to its fullest”.  One article, Building Play Skills for Healthy Children & Families, discusses what is play, why it is important and how to develop these skills.  Play is important at all stages of life, but many times it is referred to recreational activities for adults.  This article describes how to develop these skills to promote healthy living during early childhood (infants, toddlers and preschoolers), elementary age, middle school, high school and beyond.