Tuesday, August 30, 2011

New "Bullying" Reports, School Uniforms, and More...

Some new research and reports released this week.

Bullying can affect a student's academic performance, but as an American Psychological Association conference paper finds, a school's bullying climate may be linked with lower overall test scores.

While bullying is known to leave physical and emotional scars, a new study presented at the American Sociological Association's annual conference finds that victims may suffer long-lasting academic effects, and high-achieving black and Latino students are especially vulnerable.

A report - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Among Children Aged 5–17 Years in the United States, 1998–2009 - from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that the percentage of U.S. children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, increased from about 7 percent in 1998 to 9 percent by 2009.

A report released this month by the National Bureau of Economic Research, finds that school uniforms are correlated with improved attendance rates for middle and high school students and lower teacher-attrition rates at the elementary school level, but appear to have little effect otherwise on student behavior and achievement.

For those of us who live in Ontario, Canada (like us), the 2011 EQAO results have just been released

Finally, in 2004, Boston public schools banned the on-campus sale of sugar-sweetened beverages, such as soda, sports drinks and fruit drinks, and a new study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows that these kids are now drinking less of these beverages even when they're not at school.