College Readiness

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Assessment Opinion AP Exams Can't Be Business as Usual This Year
The College Board seems unconcerned with the collateral damage of its pandemic approach, writes an assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction.
Pete Bavis, March 10, 2021
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Special Report Equity and the Future of Work
K-12 educators need to begin tackling the challenges around equity and the future of work before career opportunity gaps grow even wider.
March 3, 2021
Education Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed
A collection of stories from the previous week that you may have missed.
November 17, 2020
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College & Workforce Readiness Even Before Pandemic, National Test Finds Most Seniors Unready for College Reading, Math
Little more than 1 in 3 American 12th graders read proficiently and fewer than 1 in 4 performed proficiently in math on the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 28, 2020
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College & Workforce Readiness Collection Where Are They Now? COVID-19 and the Class of 2020
A worsening economy, a surging pandemic, and school disruptions create new hurdles on the road to college.
October 21, 2020
College & Workforce Readiness Letter to the Editor College Is Not for Everyone
To the Editor:
It’s about time that the harm done in advocating “college for all” is finally exposed (“Not Every Student Should Go to College. And That's OK,” March 10, 2020). The truth is that not everyone is college material. For one reason or another, they lack the wherewithal for success. This explains why, according to a 2018 report by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, more than 40 percent of first-time fall 2012 students at two-year public institutions failed to graduate in six years.
March 31, 2020
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From left, 8th grade students Alonna Kann and Drake Smith work to solve problems in their Algebra 1 class at Alexander Hamilton Middle School in Long Beach, Calif. The district is pushing hard to make all students take—and succeed— in advanced math courses.
From left, 8th grade students Alonna Kann and Drake Smith work to solve problems in their Algebra 1 class at Alexander Hamilton Middle School in Long Beach, Calif. The district is pushing hard to make all students take—and succeed— in advanced math courses.
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Equity & Diversity How One District Is Raising Math Rigor and Achievement for Students of Color
The Long Beach, Calif., school district is deploying a multifaceted strategy to put more students of color in high-level math courses and help them succeed.
Christina A. Samuels, March 3, 2020
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College & Workforce Readiness Video From the Pueblo to College: The Journey of Two Rural Students, Chapter 1: 'Not giving up on school'
For several months in 2019, Education Week followed two college-bound students—Temeya Gachupin and Justin Madalena—who come from the Pueblo of Jemez in New Mexico, so that we could tell their personal and academic stories.
Erin Irwin, December 19, 2019
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Long Beach State is part of the 23-campus California State University system, where officials are pushing to raise freshman admissions standards by requiring an additional high school course in math, science, or "quantative reasoning." The proposal has brought strong pushback from some school districts and advocates who argue it will make access harder for black, Latino, and low-income students.
Long Beach State is part of the 23-campus California State University system, where officials are pushing to raise freshman admissions standards by requiring an additional high school course in math, science, or "quantative reasoning." The proposal has brought strong pushback from some school districts and advocates who argue it will make access harder for black, Latino, and low-income students.
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College & Workforce Readiness California State University Wants to Raise Admissions Standards. Will It Shut Out Black and Latino Students?
The nation’s largest public university is pushing to raise minimum standards for freshman admissions—a move that has galvanized opposition from advocates and some districts that argue it puts more roadblocks in the path of students who already struggle to meet current requirements.
Christina A. Samuels, November 19, 2019
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Assessment College Readiness Concerns Raised by Latest Round of ACT Scores
The nation’s high school students continue to struggle in the subject areas that are deemed essential for later success, according to the latest results from the ACT college admissions test.
Maggie Campbell, October 30, 2019
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College & Workforce Readiness Opinion There's More to College Prep Than Academics
It's time to move beyond grades, FAFSA applications, and test scores when getting students ready for higher education, writes Clewiston D. Challenger.
Clewiston D. Challenger, October 22, 2019
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College & Workforce Readiness Teens Feel Ready for College, But Not So Much for Work
High schoolers believe that their educational experience is getting them ready for college. But they're less certain that their coursework is preparing them for the world of work.
Alyson Klein, September 24, 2019
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Assessment Opinion The Five Big Challenges Ahead for Advanced Placement
AP has managed to dodge the partisan pitfalls that have felled other ambitious curricular efforts—so far, write Chester E. Finn Jr. and Andrew E. Scanlan.
Chester E. Finn Jr. & Andrew E. Scanlan, September 3, 2019
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Harvard College, part of the Harvard University campus pictured here, announced this week it would revoke an admission offer to a survivor of the Parkland high school massacre because of racist social media posts. The decision serves as a reminder to high school students that colleges can rescind their offers of admission if they learn of behavior that calls into question a student’s character or integrity.
Harvard College, part of the Harvard University campus pictured here, announced this week it would revoke an admission offer to a survivor of the Parkland high school massacre because of racist social media posts. The decision serves as a reminder to high school students that colleges can rescind their offers of admission if they learn of behavior that calls into question a student’s character or integrity.
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College & Workforce Readiness Yes, Colleges Can Rescind Admission Offers. Here's What Educators Need to Know
In a recent high-profile case, Harvard College rescinded its offer to a school-shooting survivor after racist comments he’d written online surfaced. But how common is it for colleges to take back offers? And do students have any recourse?
Catherine Gewertz, June 19, 2019
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