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This State Now Grades Schools On Recess And Health

September 21, 2014
by Evie Blad
Huffington Post

Requiring public reporting of such nonacademic factors will help make them a greater priority for schools and inform parents of efforts that are already in place, proponents said. The National Collaborative of Education and Health--a coalition of organizations led by the Healthy Schools Campaign and the Washington-based Trust for America's Health--plans to meet throughout the fall to identify best practices for what information should be collected and how to best align it with school goals.

"By holding schools accountable for creating environments that are conducive to learning and by providing educators and administrators with a comprehensive understanding of student performance--including how health conditions may directly affect learning--resources could be better deployed to schools and students at greatest risk," says a paper distributed to coalition members in August.

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