College Readiness

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College & Workforce Readiness High School Students Think They Are Ready for College. But They Aren't
Four in 5 students say they're academically ready for college. Their test scores say otherwise.
Elizabeth Heubeck, February 21, 2024
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College & Workforce Readiness AP Exams: The Top 10 Most Requested Subjects (and the Least Requested)
Also see how widely requested two new AP courses were this year.
Ileana Najarro, January 26, 2024
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Educators at the College Board's AP annual conference learn about various AP program offerings intended to address access and equity to advanced coursework for underrepresented students in Seattle, Wash. on July 20, 2023.
Educators at the College Board's AP annual conference learn about various AP program offerings intended to address access and equity to advanced coursework for underrepresented students in Seattle, Wash. on July 20, 2023.
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College & Workforce Readiness Should Students Sign Up for AP or Dual Enrollment? What Readers Think
EdWeek readers share their take on the debate over pathways to earning college credit in high school.
Ileana Najarro, November 20, 2023
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Verona Area High School students Maddie Hankard, left, Gabby Henshue, center, and Allison Ford collaborate on a homework assignment during class time in an advanced placement chemistry course on Feb. 14, 2013 in Verona, Wis.
Verona Area High School students Maddie Hankard, left, Gabby Henshue, center, and Allison Ford collaborate on a homework assignment during class time in an advanced placement chemistry course on Feb. 14, 2013 in Verona, Wis.
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College & Workforce Readiness Here's What College Board Research Says About How Many AP Classes Students Should Take
The College Board looked into what the number of APs students take, and how well they do, says about their college outcomes.
Ileana Najarro, October 31, 2023
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College & Workforce Readiness How Many AP Classes Are Enough? What Researchers (and College Hopefuls) Say
For years students and families have grappled with how many AP classes to take for college. New research sheds some light on an answer.
Ileana Najarro, October 31, 2023
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Mathematics Why Calculus Remains a Math Flash Point
Debates center on whether all kids should take it or just those who want to major in STEM—and its odd place in college admissions.
Sarah Schwartz, October 30, 2023
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A dual-credit student from the Ross S. Sterling Future Educator Academy works with children at Liles Early Learning Academy, located on the same campus in Goose Creek, Texas, on Oct. 26, 2023. The district overhauled its dual-credit program to ensure students take classes that will transfer to specific degree programs at six local colleges.
A dual-credit student from the Ross S. Sterling Future Educator Academy works with children at Liles Early Learning Academy, located on the same campus in Goose Creek, Texas, on Oct. 26, 2023. The district overhauled its dual-credit program to ensure students take classes that will transfer to specific degree programs at six local colleges.
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College & Workforce Readiness How to Help Students Avoid 'Random Acts of Dual Credit'
Some schools and colleges are working to ensure their dual-credit offerings count toward a degree.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 30, 2023
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As part of Senior Signing Day in June, Sheboygan South High School seniors sign certificates of commitment to their post-high school plans, which include: acceptance to a four-year college, acceptance to a two-year technical college, enlisting in the military, and any full-time employment secured by the end of senior year.
As part of Senior Signing Day that takes place in June, Sheboygan South High School seniors sign certificates of commitment to their verified post-high school plans, which include: acceptance to a four-year college or two-year technical college, military enlistment at time of graduation, and any full-time employment secured by the end of senior year.
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College & Workforce Readiness This High School Used to Leave Seniors' Career Planning to Chance. Not Anymore
Students graduate from Sheboygan South High School knowing what's next and how to get there.
Elizabeth Heubeck, October 30, 2023
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College & Workforce Readiness What the Research Says Dual-Credit Programs Are Growing, But Do They Reach the Students Who Need Them Most?
A new report has recommendations on how schools and colleges can make dual-credit programs more equitable.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 10, 2023
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Trevor Packer, head of the College Board’s AP Program speaks at the AP Annual Conference in Seattle, Wash. on July 20, 2023.
Trevor Packer, the head of the College Board’s AP program, speaks at the organization's annual conference in Seattle in July.
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College & Workforce Readiness What's Next for AP? 4 Takeaways From a College Board Official
In a recent interview with Education Week, the head of the Advanced Placement program discussed a variety of priorities and principles.
Ileana Najarro, September 5, 2023
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Stuart Wexler leads his Advanced Placement government class in a discussion at Hightstown High School in Hightstown, N.J., on Feb. 19, 2019.
Teacher Stuart Wexler leads an AP Government class in a discussion at Hightstown High School in Hightstown, N.J., on Feb. 19, 2019.
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College & Workforce Readiness Q&A Are Some Students Taking Too Many AP Courses? A College Board Official Responds
AP program head says one to two courses a year "optimizes" college readiness and helps increase access for other students.
Ileana Najarro, August 28, 2023
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Edward Biedermann, executive director of AP Outreach for the College Board, welcomes educators to the first AP annual conference since 2019 in Seattle, Wash., on July 19, 2023.
Edward Biedermann, executive director of AP Outreach for the College Board, welcomes educators to the first AP annual conference since 2019 in Seattle, Wash., on July 19, 2023.
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College & Workforce Readiness College Board Revisits Contentious Decisions, Edits to AP African American Studies Course
Decisions around AP African American Studies and the future of AP program overall were among discussion points.
Ileana Najarro, July 24, 2023
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Demonstrators protest outside of the Supreme Court in Washington on June 29, 2023, after the Supreme Court struck down affirmative action in college admissions, saying race cannot be a factor.
Demonstrators protest outside of the Supreme Court in Washington on June 29, 2023, after the Supreme Court struck down affirmative action in college admissions, saying race cannot be a factor.
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Equity & Diversity From College Advising to Teacher Preparation: Affirmative Action Ruling May Reshape K-12
These are some ways in which the Supreme Court’s decision may impact K-12 schools.
Eesha Pendharkar, July 14, 2023
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English-Language Learners Opinion How to Create College and Career Pathways for English-Learners
To start, the adults in students' schools should show they believe in ELLs' abilities to succeed in postsecondary education.
Larry Ferlazzo, June 29, 2023
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