Math, Reading Scores Decline During Pandemic, Poll Shows DeSantis Leading | This Week on PR Newswire

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Mathematics and Reading Scores of Fourth- and Eighth-Graders Declined in Most States During Pandemic, Nation’s Report Card Shows

A majority of states saw scores decline for fourth- and eighth-graders in mathematics and reading between 2019 and 2022, according to the latest results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the Nation’s Report Card, released today (Oct. 24) by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).  The national average score declines in mathematics for fourth- and eighth-graders were the largest ever recorded in that subject.

Toy Insider: Top Toy Trends

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The Toy Insider Experts Identify Top Toy Trends of 2022

The Toy Insider, the toy industry’s most influential organization and a trusted go-to resource for parents and gift-givers, identified the top toy trends of 2022 and shared their expert toy picks representing each trend for easy holiday shopping.  Consumers are encouraged to shop early and budget more to get this year’s trending toys, as price hikes hit all toy categories and supply chain effects linger this holiday season.

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FAU Poll Shows DeSantis Leading Crist Comfortably in Race for Re-election

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is on track for re-election, leading Democratic challenger Charlie Crist by 11 percentage points and garnering strong approval ratings, particularly for his response to Hurricane Ian, according to a new statewide poll from Florida Atlantic University.

NCA: What's the right way to eat candy corn?

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BREAKING NEWS: There Is a Right Way to Enjoy Candy Corn

Is there a better debate than the one surrounding candy corn?  Love it or hate it, consumers report that there is a right way to enjoy it – and the National Confectioners Association has done the heavy lifting in terms of public opinion research to get to the bottom of this burning question.  A recent NCA survey found that 33% of candy corn loyalists nibble the narrow white end, just 16% start with the wider yellow end – and more than half of all consumers just go for it and eat the entire piece at once.

McDonald's McRib Farewell Tour

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The Famously Saucy McRib Returns for a Farewell Tour

We have good news, and we have bad news.  The elusive McRib is finally back…BUT this could be your last chance to get it.  After three straight years headlining McDonald’s nationwide menu each fall, the iconic sandwich is embarking on a “Farewell Tour” – giving fans across the country one more chance to experience a taste of the McRib at participating McDonald’s restaurants starting Oct. 31.

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