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College Readiness

Proficient?

Peter Greene | Posted 05.27.2015 | Education
Peter Greene

"Proficient" is having a moment right now in the education world, so perhaps this is an opportune moment to stop and reflect, to sit and think about how the term, like "all natural" and "college and career ready," doesn't actually mean a thing.

The Pitfalls of Community College Placement Tests

Pamela Burdman | Posted 05.21.2015 | College
Pamela Burdman

Diane Ravitch, in her recent post about international math tests, raises concerns that standardized tests damage the quality of education and constrain young people's intellectual growth. What I worry about is the way they can unfairly deny opportunities to students.

My Wishlist for Students: College Is About More Than Grades

Christina Berchini | Posted 04.11.2015 | Education
Christina Berchini

Those behind a recent survey about high education were interested in whether high school graduates felt they were ready for college. In my opinion, there are ways to fill those perceived "gaps" upon entering college, and many of them have absolutely nothing to do with grades.

The Infantilization of College Admissions

Josh Stephens | Posted 04.11.2015 | College
Josh Stephens

Are adults - educators, no less - really that oblivious to what goes on in the mind of a 7-year-old? And do they really want to lard even more hype on to the college admissions process? Apparently so.

High School Students Get a Sneak Peak at College

Nancy Barile | Posted 12.10.2014 | Education
Nancy Barile

It all started with a newspaper clipping. One of my students brought in an advertisement for something called "One Day University"--and asked if we ...

A Chemistry Book Is Not a Novel

Vicki Cobb | Posted 08.11.2014 | Education
Vicki Cobb

The NCLB focus on literacy has had the perhaps unintended consequence of emphasizing reading and writing fiction or autobiographical material.

Why Race to the Top Worked

Gov. Jack Markell | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Gov. Jack Markell

In spring 2010, Delaware was one of two states to win the first of Race to the Top's four-year grants, making this month's anniversary an appropriate time to ask whether the multi-billion dollar project has been worth the taxpayers' money.

5 Ways to Move From College Rejection to Acceptance

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 06.03.2014 | Parents
Rebecca Joseph

If you know any seniors and/or parents suffering from rejection-induced despair, here are five tips to help guide them through the month of April.

Holding Arne Duncan to a Higher Standard

Jason Stanford | Posted 03.25.2014 | Education
Jason Stanford

Pearson, the testing company that has gotten rich by making American students fill in little bubbles all day long, is advising the White House on how to whip us all into college-ready shape.

College Readiness, the Cristo Rey Way

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Detroit
Patrick O'Connor

Cristo Ray students are more than ready to make the most of college, because they're making the most out of high school. I asked one class what advice they would give to ninth graders interested in college, and one student said "time management."

The Key to College Readiness

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 11.30.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

If you want to be college-ready, it's time to go bowling. This isn't about adding one more extracurricular to your Common App, and this isn't a way to earn that PE requirement you somehow dodged in 10th grade. This is about getting a taste of college life here and now.

The Educational Pipeline: Improving the Transition to College

Karen Gross | Posted 10.13.2013 | College
Karen Gross

First, we need to create a new cultural norm: being smart is a good thing. Then, we need to focus more on what are oft-termed the non-cognitive skills -- despite the fact that these skills are deeply cognitive and undeserving of pejorative connotations.

Remediation Nation: A Blueprint for Collaboration Between Gates, Lumina & National Association for Developmental Education

Carol J. Carter | Posted 09.16.2013 | Impact
Carol J. Carter

Shedding the label of "remediation nation" will take creativity, commitment, collaboration, and a larger vision for the success of the whole person--not just the academic student, the dropout, the fast food worker, the graduate, or the successful and contributing member of society.

College Readiness Doesn't Mean Suffering Through Bad Instruction

Andrew K. Miller | Posted 09.15.2013 | Impact
Andrew K. Miller

The burden of college readiness seems to fall on our K-12 system. How are we preparing students for this college-ready work? This is where the controversy sets in. We all have different opinions of what that looks like in terms of instruction.

How High Schools Win the Gold Medal in Academic Performance

Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D. | Posted 07.17.2013 | Good News
Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D.

By Tim Hodges and Shane J. Lopez U.S. News & World Report recently teamed up with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) -- a behavioral and soc...

Some Final Advice Before You Matriculate!

Edward Yaeger | Posted 06.30.2013 | College
Edward Yaeger

Where you spend four to five years of your young adult life and upwards of $200,000 is your decision -- it should matter only to you, regardless of what others, including those in the $20 billion education industry, purport.

Spring Into Great College Visits

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 05.12.2013 | Parents
Rebecca Joseph

Spring is the time of year when many juniors and their parents start visiting prospective colleges. This is the ideal time of year to visit colleges as they are still in session and you can see authentic college life.

A Good Guidance Counselor Makes All the Difference

Kevin P. Chavous | Posted 05.12.2013 | College
Kevin P. Chavous

High school students look to guidance counselors for help in making smart choices, and counselors can assist them in finding the right fit where they will best achieve success.

Preparing Students for College, Jobs, and Success

Sheila Simon | Posted 04.24.2013 | Chicago
Sheila Simon

Adapting to higher standards and raising expectations may prove challenging, but they are the steps we must take so that our kids are successful in high schools and prepared for colleges and careers. Readiness is worth a celebration.

Why Governor Snyder Is Wrong About College Access

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 02.08.2013 | Detroit
Patrick O'Connor

I wondered if Governor Snyder has any idea that his criticism of the college access movement -- the movement that led to these gains -- awakens echoes of the elitism college access is meant to erase.

High Schools May Have To pay For Unprepared Graduates

| Jackie Mader | Posted 01.30.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. Mississippi and Maine have become the latest in a series of states to question whether sch...

College-Going Program Expands In Connecticut High Schools

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 02.26.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. College-going boosters showed up at the city's biggest high school with a "secret sauce"-...

Two Year Colleges Are the Bridges

Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D. | Posted 02.11.2013 | College
Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D.

The least college ready students deserve the means to secure a bright and rewarding future for themselves just as much as the most college ready students do. We don't just build the bridges -- we ARE the bridge.

Sleeping Through College

Karen Sternheimer | Posted 12.19.2012 | College
Karen Sternheimer

Most students don't literally sleep in class, but I suspect many people figuratively sleep through college. It's easy to do, actually. Students become experts at how to get the best grades possible, and the most painless way to meet the requirements for a degree.

Study: Dual Enrollment Students More Likely To Attend, Graduate College

Posted 10.17.2012 | Education

A report by Boston-based education nonprofit Jobs for the Future urges policymakers to expand dual enrollment after determining that high school stude...