December 2014 Archives

Top blog posts this year included coverage of SAT redesign, college affordability, and early readiness efforts.


A new state law in Nevada takes effect Jan. 1 linking driving privileges to school attendance.


As high school seniors fret about college applications before early January deadlines, research shows there is more to selecting a good school than selectivity.


The Education Commission of the States has compiled research on effective school counseling practices that can increase college-going rates.


New research from the National Student Clearinghouse finds the students who completed the AVID college-readiness program were more likely to persist in college than their peers overall.


The U.S. Department of Education released measures to use in rating colleges and universities based on performance, access, and value.


Jobs for the Future released a report calling for better coordination between state and campus policies to promote college completion, particularly with interventions to assist low-income, nontraditional students.


As more high school students enroll in accelerated coursework, colleges and policymakers are wrestling with standards for accepting college-level credit.


A national survey of about 1,300 recent high school graduates by the nonprofit Achieve finds most feel high school did not adequately challenge or prepare them for the demands of college and career.


A review of programs in the National College Access Network finds students served enroll and graduate from college at higher rates than their peers who are not in the programs.


Bright Futures' use of ACT and SAT scores for scholarship eligibility is deemed lawful by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.


The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau shuts down two student loan debt relief service companies for allegedly exploiting student borrowers.


A new report from National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows overall postsecondary enrollment down 1.3 percent this fall compared to last year, due to drops at community colleges and for-profit institutions.


Congressional federal budget compromise includes slightly more funding for college access programs and student aid grants.


A new study from the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research shows 14 percent of 9th graders will likely earn a bachelor's degree within six years of graduating from high school, up from 8 percent in 2006.


A United Way grant program piloted middle grade supports and interventions with community-school partnerships in 13 cities.


The Obama administration released a progress report on commitments from the 100-plus participants at the first College Opportunity Action Summit in January.


Leaders from education, business, and philanthropy are expected to participate in today's summit, bringing with them 600 pledges for action to improve students' college access and success.


A survey of 47 state directors of career technical education finds 80 percent believe employer engagement increased in intensity over the past 10 years and most feel that connection will continue.


A new report from Complete College America outlines the low, on-time graduation rates for college students and recommends major changes in the ways higher education structures its advising and programs.


The Council of Chief State School Officers released a series of actions for states to improve the rigor, quality, and relevance of high school career technical education programs.


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