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Oregon: 40% of students believe mental health resources is the most important issue for schools

Mar 7, 2018, Spokane Spokesman-Review: Oregon students list mental health services in top concerns http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/mar/07/oregon-students-list-mental-health-services-in-top Oregon high school students cited mental health services among their top policy concerns, according to a report compiled by a student-led organization. Oregon Student Voice found that 40 percent of students listed mental health resources as the most important issue for schools, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported Tuesday. … The report also outlined aspects of school life that can influence students’ mental health, like the difficulty and intensity of standardized testing. Most of the students said the tests were not good indicators of their success, and 60 percent said the tests damage their self-esteem. The report recommended that schools look into alternative ways to assess students, which could mean examining portfolios or other aspects of a student’s performance, Ernst said.