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Strauss: University of Florida admits 3,000 students — then tells them it is only for online program
Some 3,100 students accepted as freshman by the University of Florida for the fall got a big surprise along with their congratulations notices: They were told that the acceptance was contingent on their agreement to spend their first year taking classes online as part of a new program designed to attract more freshmen to the flagship public university.Read full article >>
As Congress debates how to rewrite No Child Left Behind, the nation’s largest teachers union is launching a $500,000 ad campaign urging lawmakers to reach a deal that reduces the focus on standardized testing.Read full article >>
When Bethany Pace’s husband called her to say that Sweet Briar College was closing, she thought she must not have heard him correctly. Then she froze, in the middle of a Maryland grocery store, people pushing past her, her daughter confused, tugging at her sleeve.Read full article >>
More than 800 colleges and universities across North America hold endowment assets of $516 billion. But the top 10 schools in terms of assets have about $180 billion, or one-fifth of that total. Harvard University alone has a $35 billion endowment.Read full article >>
Students at the charter schools, led by Eva S. Moskowitz, outperform their public school peers, but the schools’ methods and culture are not for everyone.
Hackathons, in which student teams attempt to build a new piece of tech, showcase some of the best upstart programmers and have become a focal point for recruiting.
New York has been at the center of a national “opt-out” movement in which thousands of parents have refused to allow their children to take new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core standards or to similar standards in states that had originally adopted the Core but dropped them and designed their own. New York officials had signed on several years ago to a multi-state consortium known as PARCC, which developed new tests aligned to the Common Core, which public schools in the state have been implementing. But New York decided not to administer PARCC for various reasons and contracted with Pearson to design its own set of tests, which students have taken for a few years and will take again this month. The state now wants to design yet another new test and is seeking proposals from test companies.Read full article >>
Rejection letters from colleges and universities are a dime a dozen, but a rejection letter to the rejection letter? Here’s one that went viral:I don’t know you Siobhan O’Dell but you are my new hero. pic.twitter.com/h70W3cJU49Read full article >>
School administrators say for online learning to be legitimate, testing has to be monitored. Proctortrack is a new anti-cheating program being used by some universities.
Mary Wagner gets insistent with her students at this time of year. It’s 10 weeks until graduation day, and she’s been nudging seniors at James Hubert Blake High School in Silver Spring to finish their community service hours. Read full article >>