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- More than half of U.S. public schools need repairs, survey findsAlthough 17 percent of U.S. public schools had major repairs for the 2012-13 school year, a new survey released Thursday found that more than half of the country’s schools need renovation work. Photo by Flickr user Robert Couse-Baker More than half of the nation’s public school facilities are in desperate need of repairs or modernization, according to a new […]
- College Board redesigns the SATVideo by Washington Post One of the most frequently taken college admission exams in America has just undergone a significant makeover. The College Board, which administers the SAT, announced Wednesday the first major changes to the test since 2005. The changes, which will not take effect until 2016, include the removals of mandatory essays, penalties for in […]
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- Why recess and physical education are making a comebackStudents at Fox Hill Elementary school in suburban Indianapolis, Indiana take dancing ‘brain breaks’ in class. Photo by Mike Fritz INDIANAPOLIS — It’s hard not to smile and move to the beat when you see Katie McLiver’s first grade classroom dancing to some of their favorite songs. The students at Fox Hill Elementary School in suburban Indianapolis do the “Si […]
- Coach Tom recommends his favorite games for a classroom ‘brain break’Tom O’Neill, the Playworks coach at Fox Hill Elementary School in suburban Indianapolis, shares a new game with his students at indoor recess. Photo by Mike Fritz/PBS NewsHour The PBS NewsHour’s American Graduate team recently visited Indianapolis, where we saw how one elementary school there was making sure students were not just learning during the day, bu […]