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Bloomberg Defends Lower Graduation Rates

Monday, June 17, 2013

After seeing high school graduation rates improve under his watch, Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended the slight decline on Monday as a sign that the city is holding steady despite the state's tougher graduation standards.

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CUNY Chancellor Says Number of Remedial Students Still a Concern

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

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After 14 years on the job, Matthew Goldstein, chancellor of the City University of New York, is stepping down this summer. He tells WNYC that while the system has changed and grown, the persistently high number of city students who are not ready for college is "too high." Take a listen.

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Tackling the Harder Climb to Higher Education

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

The same day the city unveiled a web-based college assistance site, two experts on access to higher education explore some of the issues low-income and first-generation college students face. It's one thing to get into college; it's another to pay for it or make it to graduation.

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Timing is Key With College Applications

Thursday, December 06, 2012

In the first of an occasional series, SchoolBook features an interview with two high school seniors on the college application process. Hear how one chose the early action route and the other, well, she is scrambling to get her applications submitted in time.

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Ten Schools Where Graduation Rates Don't Equal "College Ready"

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Now that the city is measuring how well high schools prepare their students for college, the data reveals some schools post high graduation rates but very low college readiness rates. SchoolBook charted the 10 schools with the biggest gaps and found the difference between a graduation rate and a college readiness rate could be larger than 70 percentage points. But officials insist that doesn't mean the schools aren't serving their students.

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Making Sense of the High School Progress Reports

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Here's a deeper dive into the grades and scores released Monday afternoon for the city's 500-plus high schools. Listen to our analysis and read how other media outlets covered the release of the high school progress reports for the 2011-12 school year.

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Report: Neighborhood Affects College Readiness

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A new report highlights the disparities in college-readiness between students from low-income city neighborhoods and their wealthier peers. Despite efforts to increase the number of high school options, it argues demographics still determine a child's destiny.

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Is College the Answer? A Look at Higher Ed Landscape

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

All families immersed in the college application process: this is a must-listen item. Journalists who cover higher education tell WNYC of the challenges facing this generation, including rising tuitions, burdensome student debt and poor job prospects upon graduation. If that's not enough to depress you, there's even an interactive graphic that allows you to compare the cost of college when you attended with current costs.

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College Readiness is Key Focus This Year

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

A top education official outlines the city's goal of improving the quality of learning and teaching so that more students are prepared to enter - and graduate from - college. He says when the focus is on developing resilient and independent thinkers, strong test scores will follow.

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Matthew Willoughby: Using ‘Design Thinking’ to Ensure College Readiness

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Matthew Willoughby, who leads the Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction, explains how he gets his students ready for college with creative projects and field trips in addition to traditional academics.

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Preparing for College by Studying Time Management

Thursday, July 05, 2012

The transition from high school to college is difficult for almost every student. But the Opportunity Network says its low-income students from New York City are especially vulnerable because they are often the first members of their family to go to college. The program scheduled a summer boot camp to give them a taste of what to expect.

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Commenters in a Silly Tizzy Over Testing Topic Ban

Thursday, March 29, 2012

With all that there is to be outraged about when it comes to public education and the fate of American children, the Internet is having a silly fit about a clause in a request for proposals sent out by the New York City Department of Education, listing 50 topics it wants the companies that make student tests to avoid.

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Success in College Can Start on the Ballfield

Friday, March 02, 2012

The parade for the Giants' Super Bowl victory, which attracted many school-age children, brings to mind the importance of sports in shaping college-ready minds, says one principal.

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Teachers' Union Uninvited City From Joint Training Sessions

Friday, January 20, 2012

"You're not invited anymore," were union president Michael Mulgrew's words on his decision to uninvite city education officials from joint evaluation training sessions for teachers and unions. The union booted the city after Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's State of the City address last week, which he used to single out the teachers union as an impediment to education reform.

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City Says It Will Focus on College Readiness

Thursday, January 19, 2012

In a joint hearing of the higher education and K-12 education committees, City Council members asked Department of Education officials how it was possible to assign meaning to an increasing graduation rate if a majority of students remain unprepared for college.

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Teachers Turn Out in Force at PEP Meeting

Thursday, January 19, 2012

As threatened, teachers and teachers' union staff members packed the auditorium of the Brooklyn Technical High School on Wednesday night for the meeting of the Panel for Educational Policy. Carrying signs, blowing whistles and booing loudly, they at times drowned out panel members, as well as parents and teachers trying to address the room during the public comment period. Then they marched out.

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At P.S. 41, College Planning Begins in Pre-K

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Because of a new program P.S. 41 in Staten Island launched earlier this month, the "college" word will be used a lot more within the school’s walls, said Elise Feldman, the principal. The program teaches students about the importance of getting a college education, and it's based on the belief that it's never too early to start planning for it.

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An Alternative Way to Test Students' Progress

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Studies show that test-focused education is not preparing students for college, says a writer. So why not substitute testing for all with a program of test-based audits using samples of students?, the author asks in an opinion article.

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Is the Tools of the Mind Curriculum Effective?

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Being able to sit at a desk in kindergarten can be just as important as learning the A B C’s. The curriculum of one popular pre-K program, Tools of the Mind, that tries to enforce those kinds of skills in young children is finally being studied by researchers at New York University, who are trying to determine whether it really does make a difference.

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How Are We Defining College Readiness?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A former principal of Bronx Engineering and Technology Academy wonders whether the city's standard for college readiness is set too low.

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