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Friday, April 18, 2014

California High School Students Ill-Prepared For State’s Colleges

Education News – Grace Smith

“Only 4 in 10 California high school students have the qualifications they need to be accepted at an in-state school…Public Policy Institute of California Senior Fellow Hans Johnson is afraid that there will be 1 million fewer college graduates than will be necessary in the work force in 2025.”(more)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Will the revised SAT be: A. Better; B. Worse; C. Irrelevant

The Atlanta Journal Constitution – Maureen Downey

“Now, the testing giant has reversed course and announced that a new version of the SAT will drop the mandatory essay. (And the arcane vocabulary words like pertinacious, unctuous or timorous.).”(more)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

College-readiness not keeping up in California

The San Francisco Chronicle – Lisa Leff

“Fewer than 4 in 10 California high school students are completing the requirements to be eligible for the state’s public universities, fueling worries of a shortage of college-educated workers when the value of a bachelor’s degree has never been higher.”(more)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Stopping the Summer Slide

Homeroom – Dorothy Amatucci

“Summer is the perfect time for students of all ages to relax, but it’s also a time when summer learning loss can occur…many parents are starting to plan for summer now. As you’re thinking about your plans for the upcoming summer break, we’ve gathered a few ideas and activities that you and your children – no matter their ages – can complete throughout the summer.”(more)

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Higher education still pays off, researcher says

The Tulsa World – Laurie Winslow

“Young people who don’t make education a priority could quickly find themselves falling further behind in today’s increasingly knowledge-based workplace, an associate dean at OU says.”(more)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

STEM skills should be ‘integrated across the curriculum’

The Telegraph – Josie Gurney-Read

“How do we address the lack of STEM graduates and get more girls into STEM subjects? This is a question that provokes continued debate both in the UK and on a global stage.”(more)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

How The Cost Of College Went From Affordable To Sky-High

NPR – Claudio Sanchez

“If you want to get an earful about paying for college, listen to parents from states where tuition and fees have skyrocketed in the last five years.”(more)

Monday, March 17, 2014

Why I no longer fear the SAT

The Washington Post – Jay Mathews

“The SAT and its feisty competitor, the ACT, are the most discussed and feared exams in the country, but I learned long ago that they don’t deserve all that attention.”(more)

Saturday, March 15, 2014

SAT’s about-face on essay presents colleges with a tough question

The L.A. Times – Larry Gordon

“The College Board’s decision to make the essay portion of its influential SAT exam optional is setting off a national debate among colleges and universities about whether to require applicants to take it.”(more)

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Four things divorced parents need to know about college

Reuters – Geoff Williams

“Figuring out how to split childcare costs when you’re divorcing is not easy, but it can be like remedial math compared to deciding who pays what for your children’s college education.”(more)