The tougher the classes you take in high school, the better you are likely to do on the SAT. Findings released today by the College Board showed that students in the class of 2010 who took a core curriculum—defined as four or more years of English, three or more years of math, three or more years of natural science, and three or more years of social science and history—scored, on average, 151 points higher on the SAT than those who did not. "Students who take rigorous courses perform better on the SAT and perform better in college ...

Some colleges are offering academic forgiveness programs that allow returning students to start over and reset their grade point averages.

Jobs for the Future takes a look at current state policies on high school graduation and offers some proposals for improvement.

What most families are thinking about these days when it comes to choosing a college is money

The proposed gainful-employments rules aimed at reigning in for-profit colleges may also affect other sectors of higher education, namely community colleges. "Unfortunately, there is a high probability that community colleges will be swept along with the for-profits into a category that will subject the institutions to greater regulation and reporting requirements," writes George Boggs, president and chief executive officer of the American Association of Community Colleges in a Sept. 2 update to board members. AACC has joined with other higher education groups to submit letters of concern to the Department of Education's proposed gainful-employment rules designed to crack down on ...

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today said a new generation of assessments being developed for K-12 students will more accurately reflect higher-level thinking, give timely feedback to teachers, and better prepare students for college. Speaking at Achieve's Annual American Diploma Project Network Leadership Team Meeting in Alexandria, Va., Duncan spoke about the hope for improved testing that will result from the $330 million awarded earlier today to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) as part of the Race to the Top competition. While not ushering in "education...

To keep freshman on track and ultimately boost graduation rates, colleges are ramping up counseling services and coming up with creative ways to improve class attendance.

How much will college really cost? That's what the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 is requiring colleges and universities to help families figure out. It mandates schools develop a net price calculator to help students get a clear picture of the cost of college at a specific institution before the student applies. Yesterday, the College Board announced the piloting of a net price calculator for college and university adoption. A diverse group of 20 institutions are testing the calculator, including community colleges, small liberal arts colleges, and large public and private research universities. The calculator is customized for each ...

The rising cost of college has families thinking hard about how to pay for it—and teens are stepping up to do their part.

Parade magazine asked a panel of 43 high school counselors to recommend outstanding schools that often fly under the radar. Here's a look at their picks.


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