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College Readiness

Why Race to the Top Worked

Gov. Jack Markell | Posted 04.09.2014 | 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 04.03.2014 | 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...

I CAN Finish College: The Overcome Any Obstacle and Get Your Degree Guide

Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D | Posted 12.02.2012 | College
Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D

To succeed in and finish college, the experience must be personal. College, from the selection of the school to the choice of major(s), has to be owned by the student who will actually be at the center of the enterprise.

Some States Link Exit Exams With College Readiness

| Joanne Jacobs | Posted 12.02.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's Community College Spotlight blog. Eight states have linked high-school exit exams to coll...

Developing the Right Reading System

Matthew McCluskey | Posted 11.28.2012 | College
Matthew McCluskey

One challenging adjustment that students face when they enter college is how to approach reading assignments. In many cases, students are required to have mastered lengthy and challenging reading materials prior to arriving in class.

College Readiness Goes Beyond Academic Skills

| Joanne Jacobs | Posted 11.26.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's Community College Spotlight blog. While "students need strong academic skills to succeed ...

SAT Scores Edge Down, ACT Now More Popular Exam

AP | JUSTIN POPE | Posted 11.24.2012 | Education

-- Average national scores on two of the three sections of the SAT college entrance exam edged down for the high school class of 2012, which was the ...

Ready or Not, Here They Come

Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D. | Posted 10.31.2012 | Education
Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D.

Most American high school students are not ready for college, according to two reports released last week. This bad news looms large as freshmen are showing up and settling in at a college near you.