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College Readiness

Report Provides Data-Rich Look at State of Higher Education

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 09.28.2016 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

Reporting in last week's Inside Higher Education, Kasia Kovacs reviewed the findings of the Commission on the Future of Higher Education, an initiativ...

Let's Talk about Education

David Levin | Posted 08.26.2016 | Education
David Levin

The United States faces many crucial issues this election season – each deserving serious attention and thought. But it’s worth noting that one of...

3 Parenting Tips For Sending Your Child to College

Dr. Vanita Braver | Posted 08.19.2016 | Fifty
Dr. Vanita Braver

Last week, I dropped my youngest daughter off to college and still felt that familiar pang in my heart. The year before I was tearful as I hugged my ...

College Readiness Checklist Fails to Make the Grade

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 08.01.2016 | College
Patrick O'Connor

While we've been away this summer, the School Superintendent's Association (AASA) has released a series of National College and Career Readiness Indic...

What College Means

Lateef Romeo | Posted 05.23.2016 | Black Voices
Lateef Romeo

The most powerful influence on a teenager is another teenager. Our shared experiences give us perspective and help us believe in ourselves and overcome any obstacles.

Yes, Your Teen is Going to College, But Are They Ready? Six Things to Stop Doing Right Now, and a Few to Start

Tamar Chansky | Posted 04.29.2016 | College
Tamar Chansky

Throw out the image of high school for a second and imagine instead your child were going backpacking in the Himalayas. Would you let them coast until the trip? Or would you insist they've got to break in those hiking boots?

Only A Fraction Of Students Are Prepared For College When They Leave High School

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.27.2016 | Politics

The gap in literacy performance between star students and struggling students is getting larger. While the nation's top students continue to attain hi...

February Junior College Readiness Tips

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 01.31.2017 | College
Rebecca Joseph

This is a busy month for high school juniors. Please help them get ready for college by heeding our tips, so they can move strongly into college appli...

Grow, Grow

Ellen Magnis | Posted 12.02.2016 | Impact
Ellen Magnis

Teens face a variety of complex issues with the transition from childhood to adulthood. When these issues are compounded by perceived scarcity, whether in the form of poverty, abuse or lack of a nurturing support system, it can be even more challenging for teens to generate or maintain their self-esteem and find their way forward.

For College Readiness, PARCC is Best

Teach Plus | Posted 11.10.2016 | Education
Teach Plus

I graduated from a large urban school system and currently teach in a similar one where, as an Advanced Placement (AP) teacher, I have a unique vantage point from which to gauge the skills needed for college and career preparedness.

Building STEM Leadership Skills

Jayme Cellitioci | Posted 09.24.2016 | Impact
Jayme Cellitioci

Should Adam choose to pursue a STEM career, his leadership skill-building experiences will help give him the competitive edge that will put his resume at the top of the pile. In the meantime, we can't wait to see him back at Camp Invention next summer!

Proficient?

Peter Greene | Posted 05.27.2016 | 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 05.21.2016 | 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 co...

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.