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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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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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Regardless of how it was counted, the nation's high school graduation rate cracked 80 percent for the first time with the class of 2012.
May 6, 2014 - Education Week
The U.S. Supreme Court upholds a Michigan initiative barring race-based preferences in admissions at the state’s universities, but no one opinion commanded a majority.
May 2, 2014 - Education Week
Students who want to work with their hands should not be subjected to a bias against technical education, writes Mike Rose.
April 25, 2014 - Education Week
The new exam, described as an "achievement test," aims to judge students' in such areas as analysis, synthesis, and real-world problem-solving.
April 22, 2014 - Education Week
Below is a College Board summary of the current and redesigned exam, and an Education Week analysis providing relevant material in the Common Core State Standards.
April 8, 2014 - Education Week
For some students, high-quality career and technical education offers a better fit and future than preparation for college, Jean Evans Davila writes.
March 11, 2014 - Education Week
The initiative is billed as an effort to level the playing field for disadvantaged young people by providing an array of free, high-quality resources.
March 10, 2014 - Education Week
The College Board seeks to more closely connect its exam to work students do in rigorous high school courses. The plans also offer strong common-core echoes.
March 7, 2014 - Education Week
A new batch of proposals from state leaders explores different strategies, from making community college free to a "pay it forward" model.
March 4, 2014 | Updated: March 7, 2014 - Education Week
Entrepreneurial growth in U.S. cities is generated more by high school diplomas and college degrees than by venture capital investments or government funding, says new research.
February 25, 2014 - Education Week

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