Is it better to help students that are falling behind their peers or to keep teaching concepts in line with grade levels? A study suggests that schools that adopt more personalised curriculums for students might see more improvement in test scores than those that focus on teaching grade-level standards. While it’s not surprising for students to fail when they aren’t given the proper foundation of knowledge, policymakers seem to make no effort to help bridge the knowledge gaps of American students.
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With drug overdose deaths on the rise, authorities are attempting to curb the epidemic by tracking and sharing information in real time. In one unique effort, a nonprofit in New York City is using drug-testing equipment and stamping or marking habits of dealers to identify drug batches that may endanger users. Other approaches are also being used, such as monitoring drug-related chatter on Reddit and analyzing local wastewater for opioid and other drug levels. With the combination of these efforts, researchers hope to put a dent in the opioid crisis and reduce overdose deaths. Read full article here