Four percent of public-school teachers report being physically attacked by students (AP): A task force from the American Psychological Association is calling for more attention to student-on-teacher violence following the October deaths of two educators in Nevada and Massachusetts. A 2012 report from the U.S. Department of Education found 4 percent of public-school teachers said they had been physically attacked by a student during the 2007-2008 school year.
DigiPen aims to replace textbooks with Xboxes at private K-12 school in Redmond (Crosscut): Redmond’s renowned video-game school DigiPen has plans to open a new private, K-12 school in 2014. A basic premise of their plans: instead of getting students to learn with existing video games, teach them to make the games themselves.
Study: Teens’ friend selection tied to course schedule (The Huffington Post): Do high-school students really pick friends based on preconceived notions about jocks and nerds? Not so, says a new study from Michigan State University. Researchers there found that teens are more likely to become friends with peers who take the same courses, especially electives and other small classes.
New York shortens statewide standardized tests (WNYC): Students in New York state will be asked fewer questions when they sit down this spring to take standardized math exams, which are being cut by 20 minutes across all grade levels. Language arts tests, meanwhile, will have fewer questions for fifth- and eighth-grade students, but the amount of time allotted will remain the same.
Protesters arrested at Horace Mann school building: Four men were arrested without incident on Tuesday at the Horace Mann school building in Seattle’s Central District. The building — unoccupied by students for four years — is slated for renovation into a public alternative high school, but construction has been delayed while holdouts from community groups have refused to leave.
- UW computer-science superstar Ben Taskar dies at 36
- Homeless students a growing problem for schools (NPR)
- Ninth grade: the most important year in high school (The Atlantic)
- Baltimore County teachers file grievance over workload from Common Core (The Baltimore Sun)
- How poverty affects students’ test scores, in four graphs (The Huffington Post)