Kids SAT exam gets a makeover, essay and unusual vocabulary dropped March 7, 2014, 5 a.m. The SAT test will be condensed to two sections from the current three. There will be an optional essay section colleges may require students to take. The changes take effect in 2016. 2 4 Kids University aims to create college-going culture among kids Feb. 27, 2014, 5 a.m. Western Washington University's program to get kids thinking about college has reached into 350 classrooms and touched the lives of about 9,000 young students. Kids Program serves up squash to inner-city kids Feb. 27, 2014, 5 a.m. SquashSmarts in Philadelphia is an after-school program. It is among 15 clubs nationwide using the game to help underprivileged students through physical fitness and tutoring. Kids Outcry over Copenhagen Zoo killing a giraffe Feb. 25, 2014, 5:23 a.m. Zookeepers said they had to kill the giraffe, named Marius, because its genes were too similar to those other giraffes. U.S. zoos said they wouldn't do something like that. Kids Appeals court rules unconstitutional a Nevada school's uniform Feb. 20, 2014, 5 a.m. The uniform shirt had the school motto "Tomorrow's Leaders." That violated the First Amendment right of free speech and not being forced to say something against one's will. Kids More and more students suffer from anxiety Feb. 19, 2014, 5 a.m. Educators say they are seeing a sharp rise in mental stresses among students that are leading to depression. The problem cuts across social class and income level. Kids Russia crowns a new ice princess at Olympics Feb. 11, 2014, 5 a.m. Julia Lipnitskaia of Russia became the youngest athlete to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics. She clinched the team gold medal for Russia, its first. Kids Parents angered by school tossing away children's $2 lunches Feb. 7, 2014, 5 a.m. At an elementary school in Salt Lake City, the lunches of 40 students were thrown away because their parents were behind in payments to the lunch program. 2 4 Kids Fourth-graders have become better readers Feb. 7, 2014, 5 a.m. But reading proficiency varied widely across the states. And the report found a growing gap in reading skills between children from lower-income and higher-income families. Kids Researcher tracks down name of young girl in 1908 photos Feb. 5, 2014, 5 a.m. The girl was identified only as a "spiinner" in a textile factory. The researcher used the 1910 census and a face-recognition expert to come up with her name. Kids Obama vows to bring high-speed Internet to all U.S. schools Feb. 5, 2014, 5 a.m. The president said U.S. students should have access to the Web to make them competitive with schoolchildren in countries like South Korea. 1 3 Kids Texas cuts algebra II from its high school equation Jan. 31, 2014, 5 a.m. Supporters say the move gives more flexibility to school districts, which can still require the course. Critics accuse the state of dumbing-down its curriculum. 1 2 Kids Horticulture getting uprooted, some fear Jan. 24, 2014, 5 a.m. Unless the ranks of plant scientists, breeders, students and others in the field are boosted, horticulture could become a lost art and forgotten science, professionals warn. Kids It's not just fast food making U.S. kids obese, study says Jan. 24, 2014, 5 a.m. Those who eat food high in saturated fats and sugar would still be obese even if they didn't step foot in a fast-food restaurant. Kids Should schools screen students for mental health problems? Jan. 17, 2014, 5 a.m. The question is as controversial as it is emotional, and there are no easy answers. Kids Apple agrees to refund parents for their children's app purchases Jan. 17, 2014, 5 a.m. The company will pay back at least $32.5 million. The kids had made the purchases in games that were free to download and play. 1 2 Kids In the U.S., an obesity gap between rich and poor Jan. 16, 2014, 5 a.m. Obesity has dropped among teenagers from well-off families but has increased among teens from poorer families. 1 4 Kids Tracking injuries on roller coasters and other theme park rides Jan. 16, 2014, 5 a.m. A newspaper analyzed injury reports filed by 57 theme parks in Southern California from 2007 through 2012. Kids Libraries expand their offerings for the digital age Jan. 14, 2014, 5 a.m. As technology continues to grow, libraries are beginning to offer digital tools like 3-D printers, e-readers and social media. Kids Schools should send students to the principal, not the police Jan. 13, 2014, 5 a.m. The White House urged schools to abandon aggressive discipline policies under zero tolerance. It also said discipline disproportionately affects minority students. Kids Technology can come with a high price tag as schools move more work online Jan. 9, 2014, 5 a.m. While one school district is spending $1 billion to supply students and teachers with Apple iPads, others are buying less expensive tablets and computers. Kids Not many college recruiters visit low-income high schools Jan. 8, 2014, 5 a.m. Private high schools and campuses in wealthy communities pull in a lot of visits by college recruiters. Schools in low-income districts get far fewer visits. 1 2 Kids "We've taken the hysteria out of head lice," a school principal says Jan. 7, 2014, 5 a.m. Her school district adopted a policy of keeping children with head lice in class. Still, the change has caused tension between parents, teachers and the school board. 1 3 Kids Changing the way students make the grade Jan. 6, 2014, 5 a.m. A new approach in how students get graded goes against the way schools have worked for generations. Kids A teacher-parent partnership buoys children's success in school Jan. 2, 2014, 5 a.m. Research backs the idea that parents play an important part in the academic success of their children and their children's schools. Partnerships in Illinois prove the point, educators say. Kids Harsh parenting can have ill effects on a child's mind Dec. 19, 2013, 5 a.m. It causes toxic stress and increases the chances of bad behavior. Worse, it affects the development of the brain, according to researchers. Kids Study shows mixed results for massive open online courses Dec. 13, 2013, 5 a.m. Many who sign up for the courses don't complete them. Researchers say most who take them already hold college degrees and are working on job advancement.