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Octavia Smoot prepares for her senior portrait on May 7 at Scott High School in Madison, W.Va. Octavia is participating in a pilot program that texts high school seniors with reminders about college application deadlines, financial aid, interviews, etc., in an effort to keep them focused on applying and getting into college.
—Mark Webb for Education Week

'R U on Track for College?' Texting a New Strategy

To keep seniors on track for college and to avoid the "summer melt" that leads some astray after graduation, some educators are texting them reminders and information. (May 13, 2014)

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Examine the digital divide in college admissions, see how districts instill higher education ambitions with early outreach, and prepare students for the academic and financial demands of college.

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10/01 10:56 am | Changes to Preliminary SAT Set For 2015 | Starting next fall, high school students will take a redesigned version of the PSAT/NMSQT following some of the same changes to test more critical thinking in store for the ...

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To save money and encourage hard work, states and nonprofits are offering incentives for early high school graduation.

The Senior Slump: Strategies to Keep Students Motivated
In this online chat, our guests provided tips on how to keep students engaged. They range from college-level course offerings to independent study.

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In this interactive map, see how the graduation rate in states and the nation have progressed over the years.
June 2, 2014 - Education Week
Members of historically disadvantaged minority groups make up a disproportionate share of dropouts.
June 2, 2014 - Education Week
The Education Week Research Center calculated the number of nongraduates of the class of 2012 in the nation and by state.
June 2, 2014 - Education Week
New technology has the potential to provide educators with feedback on how students are responding to instruction.
June 2, 2014 - Education Week
The KIPP charter school network and other schools are testing student report cards designed to measure key character traits.
June 2, 2014 - Education Week
A handful of researchers across the country are perfecting video games that can unobtrusively measure noncognitive skills—like persistence and 'grit'—in students.
June 2, 2014 - Education Week
By gathering data on students' online behaviors in computerized education programs, researchers are getting clues on how students engage with them.
June 2, 2014 - Education Week
More than 20 surveys purport to measure engagement in K-12 schools, but that doesn't mean they're widely used or useful.
June 2, 2014 - Education Week
Borrowing for the first time on the federal government's new method of calculating high school graduation rates, Education Week's annual Diplomas Count report notes that 81 percent of the class of 2012 graduated on time, although gaps remain among some racial and ethnic groups.
June 2, 2014 - Education Week
While a growing number of districts are using financial incentives to encourage students to go to college, experts caution that money alone won’t do the trick.
June 2, 2014 - Education Week

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