Those of you who were interested in the recent annual SAT report might recall that it yielded some interesting news about the historic rivalry between the SAT and the ACT. For the first time, more students took the ACT than the SAT, according to traditional measures. When I reported that fact in our Web story, my phone rang almost instantly. The College Board was taking issue with my representation of the SAT's loss of dominance, pointing out that its numbers—which included, for the first time, a group of students it hadn't reported before—showed more students taking the SAT....

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An author of the common standards cautions against developing tests for the common standards before developing curriculum.

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President Obama today highlighted a new report calling for new federal steps to improve STEM education and announced some new private initiatives.

A new bipartisan caucus in the U.S. is focused on improving adult literacy.

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It's pretty well established by now that despite its nickname, the GED is not a "high school equivalency test." Young people who earn a General Educational Development certificate don't fare as well in earnings or in postsecondary education as those who graduate from high school. But now a new study suggests that the GED offers a key pathway to college for those who didn't finish high school. At the same time, it offers sobering reminders that few GED recipients go far enough along that pathway to reap most of its benefits. The study was circulated to insiders earlier this spring, ...

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