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WebMD describes depression as "a serious illness - just like diabetes or heart disease. Expecting positive thinking to cure depression is like expecting a person with diabetes to lower his blood sugar level by thinking happy thoughts. Most people need treatment to beat depression." On Sounds Good, we continue our conversation about depression with Murray State University assistant professor of psychology, Dr. Michael Bordieri, with an exploration of acceptance and commitment therapy, or ACT.

Kentucky's ACT scores are improving at a higher rate than students nationally.  Kentucky's composite ACT average has improved almost a full percentage point over the last four years.  State Department of Education Associate Commissioner Ken Draut says that's promising.

The ACT testing company says it’s unable to run "stress tests" this fall that were requested by the Kentucky Department of Education following technical glitches with the test last spring.

Kate Lochte speaks with a grammar expert, Jeanne Clements on Sounds Good. She’s the creator of Verbal Education, a vocabulary training tool for taking college entrance exams. According to verbaleducation.com, the program is a method utilizing mnemonics for vocabulary with high-frequency in SATs and ACTs. The methods include visualization, associative memory, morphemic analysis, and more. Clements has a background of 25 years as an educator and currently directs the Association of Language Arts Teachers of America and is Vice-President of Intstructivision, Inc. See more at verbaleducation.com.

Kentucky has become the most recent state to see problems with the company that administers online  exams in public schools and officials say the problem is of concern as more states move to online testing.

Since the beginning of this week, 25 Kentucky school districts have experienced slow or dropped  connections to the online system, making it impossible to complete the ACT End of Course Exam.

Kentucky has become the most recent state to see problems with the company that administers online  exams in public schools and officials say the problem is of concern as more states move to online testing.

Since the beginning of this week, 25 Kentucky school districts have experienced slow or dropped  connections to the online system, making it impossible to complete the ACT End of Course Exam.

AP Exams A Growing Trend in KY Schools

Feb 20, 2013
AP AA / The College Board

More than 12-thousand Kentucky public high school graduates took an Advanced Placement Exam last year according to new data released today by the College Board. That represents a 74% increase from the graduating class in Kentucky five years ago. AP courses are more rigorous than typical high school classes and many universities offer students college credit for earning a qualifying score on the end-of-year exam.  Trevor Packer is senior vice president of the Advanced Placement Program.

Afternoon Round-Up 8/22/12

Aug 22, 2012

Today on NPR: A debate is growing among Israel's secular Jewish majority over the question of whether to circumcise newborn sons.

KY ACT Scores Improve, Still Below National Average

Aug 22, 2012
www.wikipedia.com

Kentucky's public high school seniors scored higher on the ACT college entrance exam than a year ago, but their overall performance remains below the national average. State education officials say the average composite ACT score rose to 19.5 for Kentucky's public high school class of 2012, up from 19.2 in 2011.

A 2001 law could have prevented the arrest of a Paducah teen and the death of her baby. The Safe Infants Act allows parents of newborns less than 72 hours old to drop the child off anonymously without consequences. Police departments, fire departments and hospitals are will all accept anonymous drop-offs. The law protects parents from legal repercussions as long as the child shows no signs of abuse. Parents have 30 days to change their minds before the child is put under permanent state custody.