The essay portion of the SAT will be optional under a revised version of the test, set for release in March 2016. A majority of admissions officers from 300 colleges and universities recently surveyed by Kaplan said they will make the essay scores optional. Nineteen percent said they will not require the scores, and about 13% will require them.
In outgoing Education Secretary Arne Duncan's seven-year tenure, he leaves behind five primary legacies, Frederick Hess, director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, writes in this commentary. The legacies include ushering in several federal-education initiatives, including investments in prekindergarten and free community college.
Outgoing Education Secretary Arne Duncan's seven-year tenure includes several education-technology legacies. They include the push for online testing nationwide, an overhauled federal E-Rate program, engagement of the tech industry in education, and the promotion of open educational resources. Duncan also gave verbal support to the influence that digital tools can have on education.
A new analysis by researchers at the College Board and the University of Michigan shows a wide variation in academic preparation among students at two-year schools that could contribute to a gap in graduation rates compared to 4-year schools. After comparing PSAT scores of two-year students, researchers found that "four-year colleges have graduation rates about 25 percentage points higher than two-year colleges whose students have the same average PSAT."
Educators who want to become connected can start small, asserts Tomi Swanson, teacher and technology integration specialist in the Kasson-Mantorville School District in Minnesota. In this blog post, Swanson outlines four ways to get started, including creating Pinterest and Twitter accounts.
Some educators and media experts suggest that students need instruction on media literacy to teach them the critical-thinking skills to determine the credibility of online news. This blog post contains lesson ideas and links to resources and online tools for teaching about the news and media literacy.
Some math students in Indiana are using Skype to access free, real-time tutoring from students at a local college. The Homework Hotline has been active for 25 years, but now, with face-to-face interaction, tutors say it is easier to verify student understanding.
Oklahoma's construction sector is home to 80,000 workers -- a number that likely will increase by 14.5% by 2018. The state is celebrating Construction Month to promote working in the industry, especially hoping to entice young people and displaced workers with the existing and upcoming opportunities.
Three state-level policy areas could help ensure school principals receive proper training and support, according to a report commissioned by the Wallace Foundation. Recommendations include elevating principals in state-policy agendas, employing six possible policy levers and having a better understanding of state and local factors that affect principals.
Some school districts are working to blend education-technology with "student-centric" learning. This article focuses on several districts, including the Miami-Dade school district in Florida, where an investment in technology has been partnered with more group instruction and interactive learning.
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