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Can we accept that only 37% of high school students read at proficiency level?

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The latest results from the 2015 Nation’s Report Card were just released. They show that only 37% of high school students read at proficiency level, and more than 25% read below basic level…

We cannot accept this. We all know that the best way to increase kids’ reading level is to start as early as elementary school. There is a huge need to develop the love of reading and engage kids with reading. They just need to be offered the right content in the right format.

This once again reinforces the importance and the urgency of our mission here at News-O-Matic. News-O-Matic plays a major role in mitigating this situation early on by providing the most engaging daily news experience for a young audience. Already 200,000 kids read News-O-Matic every month.

About 18,700 students took the reading test organized by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

By Marc-Henri Magdelenat, Founder

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Teaching Mindfulness to Reduce Test Anxiety

For many students, spring isn’t just about sunshine and flowers. It’s also a nerve-wracking time to take standardized tests. In order to calm kids down, child psychologist Dr. Phyllis Ohr had some advice. She says that teaching mindfulness can help!

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News-O-Matic Partners with MetaMetrics

News-O-Matic partners with MetaMetrics to add Lexile measures for real-time current events news stories. In partnering with MetaMetrics, News-O-Matic provides up-to-the-minute current events articles at a variety of reading levels for students of all ages and reading abilities.

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The Teacher’s Lunchbox: Cooking Up Goals

The year 2015 is well underway. How will you help your students set — and realize — achievable goals? By setting goals and measuring their achievements, students are able to see what they have accomplished and what they are capable of. Continue reading

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How to explain the tragedy in Paris to kids

I’d like to take a minute to explain why — and how — News-O-Matic made the choice today to cover the recent event in Paris, France. We did not cover the initial attack on the Charlie Hebdo in Wednesday’s edition. At the time, the news was focused on the killers and the ensuing manhunt. “It’s scary,” our child psychologist, Dr. Ohr, said. But what followed was too important to ignore — the outpouring of support for free speech.

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