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Education-Related Websites to Visit: 6/18/2015

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*** ~ This “Money Confident Kids” Scholastic site is presented by T.RowePrice and helps teachers and parents talk about “spending, saving, and setting smart financial goals with their kids.”

*** ~ This site by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children offers a “self-paced, online training program to help you teach Internet safety and prepare kids to be better digital citizens.”

*** ~ Designed to help kids make healthy choices, this site offers teacher resources, lesson ideas, even posters to discourage early drinking.

*** ~ This site is “an award-winning, interactive tour of quarks, neutrinos, antimatter, extra dimensions, dark matter, accelerators, and particle detectors,”–“the fundamentals of matter and force.”

It’s an Education Fact: 6/17/2015

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1) A recent survey of more than 30,000 teachers found that 89% were enthusiastic about teaching when starting out but only 15% still were today. Plus, 70% said they “often” feel their work is stressful, and 80% recently feel exhausted mentally and physically at the end of the work day. Also, 75% spend at least 2 hours on school work either before or after the school day.

2) According to U.S. Department of Education statistics, of 1,990 first-year teachers, after 5 years, about 70% remained in their original schools, 10% had changed schools, and 17% had quit.

3) ACT, Inc. found that only 5% of about 1.85 million high school grads in 2014 intended to become teachers.

4) Teach for America has seen a 21% drop in applications since 2013, and teacher prep programs have experienced a 31% decline in enrollment since 2008.

5) 28.09% of ASCD readers said the testing opt-out movement is not very prevalent in their area, but 15.36% said it’s very prevalent.

6) Across New York state, at least 165,000 students–one in 6–sat out at least one or the 2 standardized tests this year.

7) Only 30 of the 440 districts where data was available met the 95% standardized test participation rate required by the government; 2 years ago, everyone took them.