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College Board, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Team Up on Pathways Work

College Board, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Team Up on Pathways Work | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The College Board and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative announced a two-year partnership aimed at expanding access for low-income and rural students to college preparation and planning tools.
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6 College-Planning Tips For High School Sophomores And Their Parents

6 College-Planning Tips For High School Sophomores And Their Parents | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
High school juniors and seniors are well into their college preparation. But college counselor Lisa Micele says it's not too early for sophomores to start planning.
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Where Students Get Two Years of College in High School for Free

Where Students Get Two Years of College in High School for Free | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
One of the issues with even the phrase “early college” is that it’s tossed around with a variety of meanings. Sometimes people use it when they talk about giving high-schoolers access to college classes online. Sometimes they use the term when kids spend half their day at high school and half on a nearby college campus.
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High School Poverty, Minority Enrollment, Undermine College Progress, Study Finds

High School Poverty, Minority Enrollment, Undermine College Progress, Study Finds | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The National Student Clearinghouse report quantifies what most educators know: Students from schools with high rates of poverty or large enrollments of minority students enroll in college, and complete college, at much lower rates than their more advantaged peers.
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Study: Colleges Put Students Into Remedial Classes Who Don't Need Them

Study: Colleges Put Students Into Remedial Classes Who Don't Need Them | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
High school GPA is a better predictor of ability to pass college English and math than placement exams or SAT scores, research finds.
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The difference between being eligible for college and ready for college - The Hechinger Report

The difference between being eligible for college and ready for college - The Hechinger Report | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Middle class kids have been told their entire lives that what they have to say is valuable, maybe to the point of ridiculousness. That’s what our kids are up against. Our kids may have the content knowledge but they didn’t have the social and emotional skills, the intellectual confidence, they were going to need to succeed in college.”
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Statewide SAT Testing in Maine Linked to Boost in College Enrollment

Statewide SAT Testing in Maine Linked to Boost in College Enrollment | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
New research finds there is a 2 to 3 percentage-point bump in college-going rates from statewide SAT testing among high school juniors.
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Who Gets to Graduate?

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Rich students complete their college degrees; working-class students like Vanessa Brewer usually don’t. Can the University of Texas change her chances of success?
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Plans for New SAT Spark Mixed Reviews

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Will the changes announced on Wednesday make the test better? College counselors and admissions officials are taking a wait-and-see approach.
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Money Is a Terrible Way to Measure the Value of a College Major

Money Is a Terrible Way to Measure the Value of a College Major | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Yes, students need to understand what skills are marketable. But they also need to study subjects that keep them engaged enough to graduate. 
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Mom-Approved Tips: Inside the mind of a college-bound teen

Mom-Approved Tips: Inside the mind of a college-bound teen | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

A short guide to that quirky creature already well-known to us HS teachers--the college-bound senior. Based on this article from the NYT: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/29/health/29well.html?_r=0

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AP good for high school, bad for college?

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Jay Mathews explores some interesting points in this provocative column about college prep classes, including both AP and IB: do such classes actually prepare students for college? do students who use AP/IB credits miss out on valuable college experiences by using the credits such classes often grant them? My favorite part of this column is the point is when Mathews asserts that college readiness needs to focus more on providing students with more experience conducting research projects.

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What the AP program can’t do

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The latest report by the College Board on its Advanced Placement program talks a lot about the success of these courses. Here's a different look at the AP.
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Idaho gives education money directly to teenagers to manage themselves - The Hechinger Report

Idaho gives education money directly to teenagers to manage themselves - The Hechinger Report | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Every seventh grader gets $4,125 to spend on early college credits, other extras
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Why placing students in difficult high school classes may increase college enrollment - The Hechinger Report

Why placing students in difficult high school classes may increase college enrollment - The Hechinger Report | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
To make sure students persist in college is a deeper task than the usual work of helping them make application deadlines and submit financial aid paperwork. Spokane’s educators have latched onto an idea that at first might seem counterintuitive: They believe they can get more students to go to college and stay there by making high school harder.
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College Is the Goal. Will These Three Teenagers Get There?

College Is the Goal. Will These Three Teenagers Get There? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

The Times is following three teenagers in Topeka, Kan., as they decide where to apply to college – and even whether college is the right choice for them. ​In a live chat on Tuesday, we talked with the students, their principal and experts about navigating the path to higher education. We’ll rejoin the students in the weeks ahead as they make their choices and hear back from admissions offices. If you’re just joining us, here’s a look at the journey so far:

Senior Year at Topeka High * The Pros and Cons of Delaying College * The Allure of Leaving Kansas * ‘I’m Panicking’ * College Is Not the Only Option * The First in the Family to Go to College * Two Different Paths to College * Is Higher Education the Cure-All? * Imagining Life Away From Home * Mind-sets Are the Barrier * The Pitch for Technical School * One Student’s Calculation * Confronting Debt * Getting Motivated * What Is a College Education Worth? * Missed Deadlines * Chat: Navigating a Path
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The Neglected Link in the High-School-to-College Pipeline

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The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed last December to replace No Child Left Behind as the nation’s education law, has the potential to allow states and districts greater latitude in supporting school counselors. ESSA contains a major new provision under Title IV that’s designed to provide grants for all school districts to cover a broad range of educational supports beyond classroom instruction, including college and career counseling.
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How Common Is a Gap Year?

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The increasing willingness of high-performing students to take time off stands in contrast with the recent push to get "at risk" high-school students straight into college after graduation—a pressure borne out of the fear that the longer these students, who typically come from underserved backgrounds, wait, the less likely they are to enroll in college as time passes. While Malia Obama’s decision to take a gap year appears to be a personal choice and there is no reason to think she won’t earn a degree, other students put off college for financial and other reasons that can lessen the likelihood that they enroll at all.
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In the U.S., a Growing Recognition: College Isn't for Everyone

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The problem with the “not everyone should go to college” narrative – in addition to not being very good at it – is that the U.S. doesn’t provide many good alternatives.
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Counselors Work to Get More Students on College Path

Counselors Work to Get More Students on College Path | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
In some states, new initiatives and graduate programs are providing needed training to expand college counseling in high schools.
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Who should decide who is college material and who isn’t?

Who should decide who is college material and who isn’t? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Should policymakers and school officials be allowed to track students?
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The perks of attending a liberal arts college USA TODAY College: College news and information powered by USA TODAY

The perks of attending a liberal arts college USA TODAY College: College news and information powered by USA TODAY | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"The liberal arts have been taking a hit lately, under fire by those complaining about student loan debt and low job prospects."

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Go 'gate!!

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QuickWire: Digital Tools for College Prep Still Miss Many Students – Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

QuickWire: Digital Tools for College Prep Still Miss Many Students – Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

As more and more aspects of higher education become digitized or enhanced by technology, the process of applying to college and planning a successful career there has followed suit. The problem? Students still fall through the cracks.

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Gap year gains make college education worth the wait (USA Today)

Gap year gains make college education worth the wait (USA Today) | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Sydni Heron treated machete wounds and helped deliver a baby at a small-town clinic in Ecuador following her graduation from Ames High School in Iowa. Now, she's headed to college to study nursing.
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Secrets of the Most Successful College Students

Secrets of the Most Successful College Students | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
It's not where you go, but what you do once you get there that matters.

Great advice here for students of all ages.

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