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The summer can be an especially dangerous time for adolescents who work, according to the National Institutes for Occupational Safety and Health. Between 1980 and 1989, 670 youths ages 16 and 17 died on the job. Of those, 44 percent died during June, July, and August, the N.I.O.S.H. reported in a bulletin released last month.

Most of the deaths resulted from vehicle crashes, machinery accidents, electrocution, homicide, and falls. Many of the victims were engaged in work prohibited by child-labor laws, the bulletin said.

Thousands of adolescents are hurt at work, the N.I.O.S.H. noted, with lacerations accounting for more than a third of the injuries. A N.I.O.S.H. study issued this spring estimated that in 1992, 64,100 children between the ages of 14 and 17 were treated for job injuries.

Assessment Contracts: The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announced last week that it has awarded three contracts to develop assessments for its system of national teacher certification.

The Educational Testing Service was awarded a $3.25 million contract to develop assessment packages for mathematics teachers at the levels of middle childhood, early adolescence, and adolescence and young adult.

Far West Laboratories received a $1.6 million contract to develop assessments for art teachers at the early-adolescent through young-adult levels. The contractor will work closely with the California Arts Project.

The board also awarded a $1.6 million contract to the Education Development Center Inc. to develop assessments for teachers who are generalists and work with children in early childhood.

Child, Family Guidelines: In a joint project, more than 50 organizations have developed guidelines for policymakers on how to coordinate education, health, and human-service programs for children and families.

The group, which was convened for the first time in January, includes the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American School Health Association, the Child Welfare League of America, the Council of Chief State School Officers, the National Education Association, and the National PTA.

Free copies of the report, "Principles to Link By: Integrating Education, Health, and Human Services for Children, Youth, and Families,'' are available from the American Academy of Pediatrics, 601 13th St., N.W., Suite 400 North, Washington, D.C. 20005.

Vol. 13, Issue 39

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