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Afternoon Announcements: Report – U.S. Students Spends Six Hours a Week on Homework

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December 16, 2014 01:53 pm


Teens in Shanghai spend 14 hours a week on homework, while students in the U.S. spend about six. That’s according to a new report on data the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development collected from countries and regions that participate in a standardized test to measure academic achievement for 15-year-olds, the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). The Atlantic

The New York State Board of Regents want the state to increase education spending by $2 billion next year, a spike that would include an extra $70 million for the city’s pre-kindergarten expansion. Chalkbeat NY

According to a U.S. Department of Education report, black girls were suspended more than girls of any other racial group. Between 2011 and 2012, 12 percent of African-American girls in public elementary and secondary schools were suspended, while just 2 percent of their white counterparts were suspended, statistics some say are indicative of a larger, discipline problem. The Huffington Post

New York City public schools can no longer send disruptive students to emergency rooms without first giving families or trained staff members a chance to diffuse the situation following a settlement on Monday between the city and 11 families of students with disabilities who claimed their children were unlawfully sent to emergency rooms as a form of discipline. WNYC

The $1.5 billion increase in E-rate’s annual funding approved by the Federal Communications Commission last week is expected to allow 101,000 schools and 16,000 libraries to expand their high-speed broadband and WiFi access. What does that mean for districts across the country? The Journal

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Ramon Cortines is asking state officials to hold off on using test scores to measure improvement for the second year in a row. “We do not feel that our students have had adequate time practicing on the testing devices,” Cortines said in a letter Friday. KPCC

Some Colorado schools are planning a later 8:45 a.m. start time next August as a nod to the growing body of evidence that suggest teens are hard-wired to favor later bedtimes and do better academically when school schedules accommodate their natural sleep cycles. Chalkbeat CO

With smartphones and tablet and laptop computers now as common as pencils and notebooks in many classrooms, schools and parents alike are having to figure out how to guide students’ use of technology. eSchoolNews

At a glance, technology in special education classroom looks just like it does in a regular education classroom: computers, laptops, SmartBoards, and even an iPad or two. When you take a closer look, you will realize how much more this assistive technology provides in special education. edSurge

Although assistive technologies and other supports can help, too few students who need them take advantage once they leave high school. Here’s what K-12 schools can do to help. The Journal




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