Nationwide Reading And Math Abilities

Nationwide Reading And Math Abilities

12th grade students’ reading/math scores increased slightly, since their record lows in 2005, according to federal results released November 18th, cited by an article in The New York Times.             These reading and math tests comprise the National Assessment of Education Progress test. The Department of Education administered this test to what it determined to be a representative sample of about 50,000 12th grade students nationwide in the spring of 2009.                The Department of Education stated tha ... Read More About Nationwide Reading And Math Abilities

Freshmen Yields At Top Colleges

Freshmen Yields At Top Colleges

Elite colleges are all in competition with each other, and the one statistic they can brag about is how many high school students – who received acceptance letters – actually commit and attend that college.             Many top colleges believe that this figure is the ultimate sign of how prestigious and respected that certain college is. This is how colleges compare themselves to one another.             Harvard, Dartmouth, Cornell and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill all had more accepted high school stud ... Read More About Freshmen Yields At Top Colleges

Different Ways To Apply To College

Different Ways To Apply To College

Technology is rapidly creating more ways to apply for college and continually taking the tedium out of the process, according to an article in The New York Times. High school students can now choose from the Common Application, the Common Black Application, XAP, Embark, Superapp and the Universal College Application. All of these application formats promise to save students time by allowing them to fill in academic and personal information only one time for all colleges the student wishes to apply to and accept the application. These new technologies are creating more applicants for each college and allowing students to broaden their possibl ... Read More About Different Ways To Apply To College

Take The Exam If You Are Taking The AP Class

Take The Exam If You Are Taking The AP Class

Do you have a few Advanced Placement classes in your schedule?  Now, you’re not required to take the corresponding AP test come May, but the class should be preparing you for said test.  However, an easy question to ask would be: should I take the AP test?  The answer is simply, “yes”.  Here’s why… College credit for cheap - One AP test will cost you $87 (as of 2010).  Some school districts may even offer financial assistance to students taking AP tests.  That may sound like a lot of money, but on the other hand, many colleges will award you college credit for good scores.  ... Read More About Take The Exam If You Are Taking The AP Class

Advanced Placement Or International Baccalaureate

Advanced Placement Or International Baccalaureate

High school students – mostly juniors and seniors – annually take AP (Advance Placement Tests) or IB (International Baccalaureate tests), but which is better?             Jay Mathews from The Washington Post argues in an article that the IB tests are slightly better because they force students to write more. Therefore, students must think deeper and provide more-detailed answers. He believes that this is the type of thinking that students will be exposed to in college.              The AP exams are mostly multiple ch ... Read More About Advanced Placement Or International Baccalaureate