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|The Poisonous Reach of the College-Admissions Process |
New Yorker - Jan 28, 2016
e superintendent of schools for West Windsor and Plainsboro*, New Jersey, was doing something laughable. That I knew from Twitter. He wanted to dumb down the high-school curriculum, turn it all touchy-feely. He was devaluing effort and achievement....
|New Ranking Reveals Colleges With Best Bang for Your Buck |
NBC News - Feb 2, 2016
With an average yearly cost of $19,548 for a public school and $43,921 for private, college is a major investment. But unlike most investments parents and students will make in their lifetimes, the return is uncertain....
|The diverging fortunes of college and high school grads |
CBS News - MarketWatch - Jan 29, 2016
With the surging cost of college tuition, debate has raged among parents and policy makers about whether earning that piece of parchment is really worth it. No doubt about it, according to new research ...
College Admissions Process/Strategies
|Should you apply to a state school outside of your state? |
The Christian Science Monitor - Jan 31, 2016
For high school students wondering what their chances are of getting into public universities outside their home states, there’s good news and bad news: Many public universities are admitting more out-of-state students, but that’s because those students have to pay a lot more in tuition and fees...
|5 Problems All Second Semester Seniors Have (& How to Fix Them!) |
Her Campus - Jan 27, 2016
Finding motivation for school is tough after a long winter break––especially when you only have one semester standing between you and graduation. While you may be tempted to slack off until May rolls around, you may find yourself running into a variety of last minute road blocks..
|College Admissions: What College Would Batman Have Gone To? |
GoLocalProv College Admissions - Jan 27, 2016
As seniors and their parents wait anxiously for college responses, a friend’s 5-year old asked me a perplexing question “What college did Batman go to?” My mind began to wander; indeed where did Batman go to college? Clearly he was well educated and cultured, and what about the other super heroes?..
|Are Requirements For College Admissions Changing? |
Houston College Admissions Examiner - Jan 27, 2016
Parents, teachers, college professionals, and students know the positive and negative effects of college admissions: from the joy of getting acceptances, to the intense pressure in applying, to the unending questions from well-meaning friends and family. Many professionals in the higher education field..
|February Junior College Readiness Tips |
Huffington Post - Jan 27, 2016
This is a busy month for high school juniors. Please help them get ready for college by heeding our tips, so they can move strongly into college application season...
|6 Smart Ways to Save on College Tours |
TIME - Feb 1, 2016
Tips from a travel expert (and mom) who's been there. If you have a son or daughter who’s headed for college, chances are you’ll be touring at least a few campuses to help your kid decide where to apply—or, later on, which school’s offer to accept....
|It's time to tour: Steps to planning college visits |
Sun-Sentinel - Feb 2, 2016
Movies make college road trips look so easy: just hop in a car with your friends and/or family members and you’re off, singing along to the radio without a care in the world. ...
| HSCW Counselors' Corners|
Post - Jan 21, 2016
The Ten Key Questions for National School Counseling WeekIMany schools have their plans well underway for National School Counseling Week, which starts February 1. There are plenty of pre-packaged lesson plans and activities online.. More
|School Counseling: The Recipe for Success |
Morning Sun - Jan 30, 2016
National School Counseling Week is February 1-5, with this year’s theme being “School Counseling: The Recipe for Success”. The week is designed to help bring public awareness and focus to the unique contribution that Professional School Counselors make to children and youth in school systems all across America.....
|Anxiety on Campus: 6 Ways Parents Can See Past the Happy 'Mask' |
NBC News - Feb 2, 2016
No one said the transition from high school to college was easy. But over the past five years, a growing number of college students are struggling with anxiety, depression and social anxiety, according to the seventh annual report issued by Penn State University's Center for Collegiate Mental Health....
SAT & ACTs
|How to choose between the ACT and SAT |
USA Today - Feb 1, 2016
Both the ACT and SAT have rolled out some changes recently, and the changes are making the tests more similar to each other than previous incarnations. However, the changes do not mean that the ACT and SAT have become interchangeable.....
|Will the College Admissions Test Disappear? |
Bloomberg - Feb 3, 2016
In March, the first group of American high school juniors will sit for a newly overhauled Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) that features more time for fewer questions, among other changes. But even with a makeover, the test, administered by the College Board, may have lost some of its power to determine a student’s academic future.....
|Interpreting the new PSAT scores |
Charlotte Observer - Feb 1, 2016
The October PSAT was the first introduction to the “new” SAT which will debut in March. Students were recently able to retrieve their scores online at College Board and they should receive paper copies of their score reports within the next week....
|New SAT: 'No more tricks' |
Philadelphia Inquirer - Feb 1, 2016
Last year Yaseena Ali, now a 16-year-old junior at Upper Merion High School, invested precious weekend hours in a time-honored ritual for the college-bound youth of America: studying flash cards of abstruse vocabulary words - such as abstruse....
|2016 Guide To College Financial Aid, The FAFSA And CSS Profile |
Forbes - Jan 30, 2016
Unfortunately, almost everything you’ve read about college financial aid is probably wrong. New rules affecting when and how students apply for financial aid will impact families and colleges over the next few years, but its not just the new information that renders a lot of what you’ve read about college aid to be wrong...
|How To Decipher a Financial Aid Letter |
The College Solution Blog - Jan 31, 2016
Financial aid awards are often confusing. I believe many colleges and universities intentionally make financial aid awards hard to decipher to trick families into thinking that their institutions are being generous even when they aren’t...
|FAFSA FAQs: Answers to the 10 Most Common College Aid Questions |
TIME - Jan 28, 2016
Expert advice on filling out and filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. What’s a FAFSA? How can I get free money to pay for college?
Those are among the most frequently asked questions sent to the Get Schooled Foundation’s text hotline. ...
|Post-FAFSA filing tips |
Spokane College Examiner - Jan 20, 2016
After filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), should you just sit back and relax? Tempting as that might sound, there are still a few things that you will need to follow up on in the financial aid application process....
Career and Technical Education
|Advancing Career Pathways for Kids |
Huffington Post - Jan 26, 2016
Two-thirds of adults do not think students are ready for the world of work once they graduate from high school. That's according to a recent poll in Virginia. Yet according to the same poll, about the same percentage of people - 64 percent - think students are ready for college when they graduate...
|Career technical education is a booming $1.5B investment for California |
Education Dive - Jan 28, 2016
Various technical career prep programs in California are helping high school students graduate and start careers immediately with hands-on training and experience, and the state is supporting them with $1.5 billion in backing over the next five years....
|Recruiting Quiz: What school should I sign with? |
USA Today HSS - Jan 29, 2016
With signing day right around the corner (February 3rd to be exact), I thought it would be an appropriate time to give some sound advice to high school recruits, before they sign on the dotted line....
|How Concussions Affect Students Academically |
Bethesda Magazine - Feb 2, 2016
Goalie Sally Egan watched as an opposing player approached her during a Saturday soccer scrimmage in February 2014. Focused on stopping the player from scoring, the 14-year-old dove for the ball just as the other girl swung her foot ...
|California school counseling ratio falls behind |
The Aggie - Feb 2, 2016
In 2015, a report released by the U.S. Department of Education claimed that California ranks the lowest in terms of providing guidance counselors for students. The lack of counseling is most apparent, and often most detrimental, at the high school and community college levels, where students prepare for future college or career endeavors...
|Chamber calls for return of Career and Technical Education funding |
Glendale Star - Jan 28, 2016
Last week, the Glendale Chamber of Commerce, along with some 50 statewide business and professional organizations, signed a letter of support calling for the restoration of Career and Technical Education funding to Arizona’s schools. The letter will now be sent to every member of the state Legislature...
|Arizona’s successful career and tech ed programs could be doomed |
Tucson Local - Jan 28, 2016
About 96 percent of the high-school kids who take career and technical courses in Arizona’s Joint Technical Education Districts graduate from high school. Those are the best numbers of any program in Arizona — but unless lawmakers act soon to reverse planned cuts to the program, they could be doomed..
|Recognizing and Preventing Teen Dating Abuse |
Maine Public Radio - Feb 1, 2016
February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Nationally, one in three girls in the U.S. have experienced physical, emotional, or verbal abuse from a dating partner - far exceeding all other youth violence....
SATs & ACTs
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