December 14, 2012
New college-readiness tracking system under study
A new way to track high school students’ readiness for college and trigger earlier intervention is being studied at Stanford University. The indicator system measures three areas: academic preparedness, academic tenacity, and college knowledge. A recent paper explores lessons from the first two years of testing the initiative.
Chronicle of Higher Education
National groups call for big changes in remedial education
Remedial courses meant to get underprepared students ready for college-level work are often not an on-ramp but a dead end, leaders of four national education groups said, recommending sweeping changes in how such students are brought up to speed. The report—by Complete College America, the Charles A. Dana Center, the Education Commission of the States, and Jobs for the Future—is based on studies that have concluded that remedial-education systems are broken.
Philadelphia superintendent identifies schools he intends to close
Proposing the largest contraction in the history of the Philadelphia School District, Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. said that come June, he wants to shut one out of six city schools and relocate, close programs, or reshuffle grades at many more. The numbers released Thursday are staggering: 17,000 students and 2,000 staffers would be affected by the moves. Thirty-seven buildings would close for a savings of about $28 million, money the nearly broke district says it needs to survive
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