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Is the SAT Still the Right Metric to Test Student Aptitude?

Thursday, March 06, 2014

On Wednesday, College Board President David Coleman announced that SAT is getting re-calibrated. Its vocabulary words will be less arcane and more in alignment with what students encounter in college courses. The 9-year-old essay section will become optional, and will be scored separately.  The math questions will focus now focus on linear equations, functions, ratios, percentages and proportional reasoning.  There are other changes, too.  Julia Ryan, writes for and produces The Atlantic's Education Channel.  She's been following the changes to the SAT and weighs in on whether the SAT is still a good metric to test student aptitude. 

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New Essay Questions On College Applications

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

The online application program, know as the common app, has new essay questions for the first time in several years. They're meant to bring out personal stories, and help the students who may receive little counseling or support when it comes to applying to college.

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Hollege? Holleer? What Matters Are Mentors

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The principal of a new high school in Brooklyn writes: 'Call it a holleer or a hollege -- or something else. In the end, it's not what it is named, but what it does to help students make the transition to career or college, with mentors to help along the way.'

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On a College Path, and Traveling Together

Friday, December 23, 2011

With final deadlines for many college applications approaching, many students are scrambling to finalize their packages. Students at the High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology in Brooklyn started this process four years ago, its principal writes. And it all culminated a few weeks ago, in Professional Day.

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From Poetry and Hip-Hop to Literacy and College

Monday, October 03, 2011

A week-long conference at New York University includes a series of workshops celebrating the use of spoken word poetry and Hip Hop as a means to educate and advocate for young people, by young people.

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Bloomberg Strikes Pragmatic Tone in Address About Schools

Monday, September 26, 2011

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the United States secretary of education, Arne Duncan, are on the same page when it comes to providing states with relief from the No Child Left Behind goals. Mr. Bloomberg stressed alternative ways of assessing progress, in remarks that stood in marked contrast to his address to the same group last year, when he delivered a feisty and boastful account of the miracle taking place in New York City schools.

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