News on Student Behavior and Engagement
News on Student Behavior and Engagement
Media and Other Reports Related to Positive Behavior & Engagement
March 31, 2016: U.S. Department of Education
Researchers have found that student engagement decreases as grade level increases, indicating that school professionals need to work on school supports that aim to increase student engagement. The full report can be found at 2015 Gallup Student Poll Report
Researchers have found that when students miss days at school they have an increased risk for falling behind in school and engaging in problematic behavior. Also, these students with chronic absenteeism are at an increased risk for dropping out of school. Policymakers and educational researchers are trying to increase parental understanding of how absenteeism is detrimental to students. Researchers have found that services such as school-based health clinics that are targeted at families in poverty are related to lower rates of absenteeism.
February 29, 2016: The New York Times
Nine schools in the California school district will begin testing students' emotional skills (e.g., self-control, conscientiousness). These tests stem from a recent update in federal education requiring states to include at least one nonacademic measure of school performance. Some discussion has been raised in regard to whether the definitions of the varying "emotional skills" are clear and easily measured and tested. Additionally, there is disagreement about which skills (e.g., self-control, empathy, perseverance, joy) schools should focus on.
February 19, 2016: Education Week
Together, the White House and The U.S. Department of Education are launching two initiative that aim to raise awareness and combat chronic school absenteeism. The efforts will be directed at school professionals and parents and are going to encourage schools to build relationships with their students and children. Also, the initiative (Success Mentors Initiative) that focuses on schools, aims to help teachers support students by better monitoring their attendance and connecting them to other educational resources.
January 26, 2016: The Wichita Eagle
A bill in the Kansas state Senate “would require licensed teachers and principals to undergo at least two hours of suicide prevention training annually,” noting that 16 other states have passed similar measures. The chamber held a hearing on the bill on Tuesday, at which “about a dozen parents and grandparents from around the state who had lost children to suicide spoke in support of the legislation.”
January 11, 2016: National School Boards Association, Legal Clips
After years of schools trying to prevent marijuana use by students, schools are now struggling to develop policies that allow students to use prescribed medical marijuana at school. With many states legalizing the use of marijuana, many schools are now trying to navigate the laws and social norms while developing policies and procedures for allowing students to use their medically prescribed marijuana at school. Currently in Colorado, some schools have developed a policy that allows parents and professional caregivers to come to school to help administer medical marijuana to their child.
May 28, 2015: The Washington Post
According to federal statistics, more than 20% of school-aged students lived below the poverty line in 2013. Additionally, the majority of students qualify for free or reduced lunch at school. The implications for such challenges are discussed in the the report as well as in the following reports by The Huffington Post
May 28, 2015: The Hechinger Report
In Mississippi a law requires third-graders to take a high-stakes literacy test that could result in their retention. This report discusses the stressors of the test and the frustration of the students, parents, and schools of Mississippi.
May 13, 2015: Education Week
Traits such as grit, self-control, and graditutde are up and coming areas of research. Some school professionals have used such traits to assess student accountability; however, researchers express caution, because researchers point out that the measurement and results of these constructs is not as straight forward as they might seem.
December 10, 2014: Oregon Live
The United States Department of Education recognizes Portland Public Schools efforts to get dropout students back into the classroom.
May 1, 2014: District Administration
A widely used K-6 teaching technique that integrates social and emotional learning into the school day improves academic performance, according to a study published in the American Educational Research Journal in March.
April 23, 2014: Education Week
Schools in Baltimore, New York City, New Jersey, and North Carolina have used the Peer Group Connection mentorship program in order to increase student attendance, academic persistence, and graduation rates.
April 15, 2014: MindShift
Gallup recently released a major report on the State of American Schools. Their data paints a picture of schools performing as a complex ecosystem, with the wellbeing, engagement, and performance of teachers, students and principals all intertwined.
Collecting data on students in order to monitor their progress and identify those who are struggling.
March 3, 2014: Lincoln Journal Star
School absenteeism is a tricky topic, and legal definitions have changed frequently in Nebraska. The new plan is designed to more fairly address the issue of excused absences due to illness.
March 6, 2014: The Washington Post
A popular teaching technique to help elementary students develop emotional and social skills also leads to academic achievement, according to a new study.
October 10, 2013: Medical News Today
A scholar at the Feinberg School of Medicine suggests that mental health screening carried out in primary schools will enable early identification and potentially save money.
April 29, 2013: Medical News Today
School violence is a very important social issue worldwide. It poses a significant threat to the health, achievement and well-being of students. Although the most highly published incidents involve serious physical violence, less serious forms of physical aggression and psychological violence (including harassment, bullying and relational aggression) present far more prevalent and persistent problems.
April 3, 2013: Carnegie Foundation
Schools throughout the country will soon begin to implement the Common Core State Standards and adopt the Next Generation Science Standards. These new standards, which are "fewer, clearer, and higher" than existing state standards, are designed to provide all young people with the knowledge and skills they need for success in a global economy.