skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Saturday, December 9, 2023

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Some South Dakota farmers are unhappy with industrial ag getting conservation funds; Texas judge allows abortion in Cox case; Native tribes express concern over Nevada's clean energy projects.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

The Colorado Supreme Court weighs barring Trump from office, Georgia Republicans may be defying a federal judge with a Congressional map splitting a Black majority district and fake electors in Wisconsin finally agree Biden won there in 2020.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Texas welcomes more visitors near Big Bend but locals worry the water won't last, those dependent on Colorado's Dolores River fear the same but have found common ground solutions, and a new film highlights historical healthcare challenges in rural Appalachia.

Some New York Children Struggling to Keep Up

play audio
Play

Monday, August 17, 2015   

NEW YORK – More New York state third through eighth graders passed the Common Core standardized tests in both English and math this year, but not everyone is improving at the same rate.

Over the last two years, a much smaller percentage of children with disabilities and those learning English have received passing grades.

Maggie Moroff, a special education policy coordinator at Advocates for Children of New York, says the gap between those students and their peers has grown larger.

"There were slight bump ups for both English language learners and students with disabilities, but there were larger bump ups across the state,” she points out. “So, the discrepancy is growing."

In math, there was no bump up this year for New York City children with disabilities. The percentage of children passing actually fell, contributing to the discrepancy.

Advocates for Children has been asking city and state departments of educations to develop plans to close the growing gap.

Carmen Fariña, the New York City Schools chancellor, recently announced the school system will add 80 minutes a week of professional development for school staff to help improve overall scores.

Moroff says that's an opportunity to make a difference.

"One of the things that we've been pushing for is that some of that professional development be about targeting interventions that do work specifically for many kids with disabilities and for students who are English language learners," she explains.

Advocates for Children says non-English speaking children who have been in this country for less than two years should be exempt from taking the standardized English test while they learn their new language.





get more stories like this via email

more stories
More than 2,000 patients with intellectual or developmental disabilities have received dental care in group home day center settings across North Carolina, according to Access Dental. (Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

play sound

Most people probably never give a second thought to their visits to the dentist, but not everyone can navigate this process with ease. People with …


Social Issues

play sound

Christmas is a little more than two weeks away, and toy drives around the country are in full swing. A North Dakota organizer shares some things to …

Social Issues

play sound

A federal judge in Nevada has dealt three tribal nations a legal setback in their efforts to stop what could be the construction of the country's larg…


A study on earth.org reveals a 6 1/2-foot artificial Christmas tree would have to be used for at least 12 years for it to be more ecofriendly than a real Christmas tree. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

play sound

Hoosiers could get their holiday trees from any of about 200 tree farms in the state, according to the Indiana Christmas Tree Growers Association…

Social Issues

play sound

Reports from the Insurance Commissioner's office and the state Attorney General reveal an analysis of what they call "the true costs of health care" i…

Environment

play sound

Connecticut lawmakers are reluctant to approve new emission standards that would require 90% cleaner emissions from internal-combustion engines and re…

Environment

play sound

While lawmakers and environmental groups strive to lower vehicle emissions and the nation's carbon footprint, many truckers see unrealistic …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021