A teacher shared this photo taken outside Arne Duncan’s office.
Merkoline reports from Massachusetts
My typical students are teenagers with “challenging behavior” including autism. Most have other neurological or psychiatric diagnoses as well. For example, C is a non-verbal 12-year old, diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disability (PDD) and anxiety disorder. During a bad spell, which might last for several weeks, without redirection he would spend most of his day pacing in circles, biting his own arms, or pounding the back of his neck. He can’t sit more than 30 seconds Continue reading
“Education refugee” Nancy relates this:
D landed on his chair with a thud and then tumbled off the other side onto the rug. Falling off chairs is common for kids with ADD and one of the many reason D must take the Massachusetts high stakes exam Continue reading
Chad from Indiana writes
To measure progress so I can assess my students’ growth throughout the year, we take acuity tests. We’ve taken the same acuity tests ever year…despite wrong answers, multiple correct answers on multiple choice questions, and my favorite an essay question Continue reading