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Will Common Core undermine an elite college-prep program’s goal of diversity?
Hechinger Report  - Mar 14, 2016
As districts across the country brace themselves for low student scores on tough Common Core tests this spring, the staff at Sturgis Charter Public School in Hyannis, Massachusetts, isn’t sweating it. On state assessments, their students have been outperforming peers at other schools — with 10th-graders,....
Are Degrees From Elite Colleges Really A Ticket To Success?
WBUR.org - Here & Now  - Mar 14, 2016
Is a degree from an Ivy League or other elite university crucial to your future career? According to New York Times’ columnist Frank Bruni, not as much as you might think.....
Despite Push To Get More Students Into College, Graduation Rates Remain Flat
WGBH.org - OnCampus  - Mar 14, 2016
There’s been a big push in this country to get more students into and through college. But according to a new report by the National Student Clearinghouse, the number of people who earn a degree in the U.S. has remained flat since 2012.....
A College Education Costs Even More Than You Thought It Did
RIPR.org  - Mar 11, 2016
We all know that American college education isn't cheap. But it turns out that it's even less cheap if you look at the numbers more closely.....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

What to do when colleges pressure for deposits—before May 1
DC College Admissions Examiner  - Mar 16, 2016
In the increasingly pressure-driven world of college admissions, one of the more concerning trends is the intensity of demands students receive to submit tuition and/or housing deposits before the May 1 “candidate’s reply date.”.....
College Admissions: 5 Admission Factors You Can’t Predict
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Mar 14, 2016
As colleges release decisions this month, many families are puzzled by outcomes. Their child had GPA and SAT/ACT scores that fell within range for a specific college, participated in an array of extra-curricular activities, and spent hours perfecting applications and essays....
What You Need To Remember About Fate During College Admission Season
Elite Daily  - Mar 11, 2016
I remember clicking that little clockwise arrow refresh button every minute like it was my job. I logged into the admissions portal of my dream school hours before the decision would be released. I awaited my fate. Would I be in or out?.....
How to overcome college application fears
USA Today  - Mar 14, 2016
What do werewolves, zombies and the college application process have in common? If you’re like a lot of people, all three of these things strike fear in your heart. Most applicants have at least some apprehension about applying, and some are absolutely frozen by anxiety..
Awesome Etiquette: Deflecting Questions About Your College Application
Vermont Public Radio  - Mar 11, 2016
College applications are usually stressful. There are essays to write, letters of recommendation to get and test scores to submit. On top of getting the application finished, when people find out you're applying to college, their questions about the process can feel like an unwelcome intrusion. ..
It’s not too late—colleges still accepting applications for fall 2016
DC College Admissions Examiner  - Mar 14, 2016
Yes, it’s getting a little late in the game. Most—but not all—admissions decisions for fall 2016 have already been made. But if you’re somewhat disappointed with the decisions you’ve received so far or if you want to continue exploring possibilities—for whatever reason—take heart.....
At some colleges, your gender — man or woman — might give you an admissions edge
Washington Post  - Mar 14, 2016
Some colleges have a sizable difference in the number of men or women who apply for admission, according to a Washington Post analysis, meaning it might give you an edge to apply to certain schools based on your gender.'..
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Thinking About College? Why Not Think About Summer Too!
TeenLife Blog  - Mar 16, 2016
There is plenty you can do in July and August to help get you thinking about colleges and preparing for applications. And now is the time to start thinking about it so you can reward yourself and plan plenty of time to just veg out.....
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Campus Visits/Interviews/Fairs

Dos And Don'ts On Campus: The College Visit Circuit
Forbes  - Mar 14, 2016
You’re finally on campus, waiting for the tour and the admission presentation to begin. You’ve done your preliminary research online and through reading the viewbooks.....
Preparing a college visit
Phiadelphia Tribune  - Mar 15, 2016
Visiting colleges is a great way to get a feel for what college is like. And when the time comes, it can help you decide if a specific college is right for you. Here are some tips to get the best out of your campus visit.....
How to Test Drive a College
Poughkeepsie Journal  - Mar 14, 2016
"The place is beautiful!" "The people were really nice!" "It rained the whole time!" Yes, first impressions do matter -- and may linger -- but when visiting colleges, it's essential for students to behave more like critical consumers than casual tourist....
College Fair is coming to Charlotte – March 20th
Charlotte Observer  - Mar 13, 2016
Many years ago when my husband and I moved from our cozy, downtown Boston apartment into our first home with a garden, I remember my mother-in-law telling me that the bright yellow forsythia surrounding our yard was the “harbinger” of spring.” For families with high school students, you have a different rite of spring – the annual College Fair....
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Mar 17, 2016
The Best Testing Advice to Give
There seems to be little slowing of the changes in standardized testing, and that makes it hard for counselors to offer advice to students about which tests to take, and when ... More

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10 things parents and students should know about applying to college
Atlanta Journal Constitution  - Mar 15, 2016
High school students are getting ready for college. They recently took the new SAT test, and soon they'll be filling out college applications (if they haven't already). Parents and teens who need help navigating the sea of paperwork — from financial aid to applications — are in luck. ..
A Good Reason to Let Your Kids Borrow for College
TIME  - Mar 15, 2016
Between room and board and classes, going to college is expensive. But it gets even more expensive because of all the little things colleges tack onto your bill, explains Lynnette Khalfani-Cox. STEM field majors, theater majors and art majors may find that they pay a little extra to study on campus. ..
The Things You Should--and Shouldn't--Tell Your Parents in College
Huffington Post  - Mar 12, 2016
Whether you decided to go to college 15 minutes or 15 hours from home, your relationship with your parents is going to change. So sometimes it can be hard to decipher what you should and should not tell your parental units. You don't want them to worry about you, ..
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College-bound facing kinder, gentler SAT
Lowell Sun - Mar 14, 2016
LOWELL -- College-bound students prepping for the SAT this year are the first to face the newest version of the classic college-entrance exam, one that eliminates odd vocabulary words and does not penalize for wrong answers. ..
Changing the SAT: Setting students up for failure
Daily Evergreen - Mar 10, 2016
Just when you think you will never have to see the letters SAT again in your life, the infamous college placement exam is making headlines as the platform is being adjusted to better suit modern college admission standards. ..
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College Financial Aid Letters Just Got a Little Better (to Read, Anyway)
TIME  - Mar 10, 2016
But families still need more information about each school's true cost, critics say. Starting this spring. it should be a little easier to figure out exactly how much you owe your college....
How to Understand Your Financial Aid Package
Her Campus  - Mar 10, 2016
Financial aid packages can definitely be tricky (what do half these words even mean?!). There are various types of financial aid, and it may be difficult to understand which you received and what they mean....
Surprise! Some Scholarships Can Actually Cost You Financial Aid
TIME  - Mar 10, 2016
You did it! You’ve completed the FAFSA. You’ve qualified for a federal Pell grant and work study. You’ve got aid from your state, a grant from the school, student loans, and a private, outside scholarship. Taken together, they will cover almost all of your college costs. It might seem like the puzzle of paying for the first year of college is complete....
How to Understand Your Financial Aid Package
Her Campus  - Mar 10, 2016
Financial aid packages can definitely be tricky (what do half these words even mean?!). There are various types of financial aid, and it may be difficult to understand which you received and what they mean....
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Career and Technical Education

U.S. Education Department Makes Push for $1.1 Billion in CTE Funding
Campus Technology  - Mar 10, 2016
The United States Department of Education is looking to re-up a $1.1 billion investment in career and technical education. Education Secretary John B. King Jr. this week called for Congress to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006..
The overselling of ed techr
Washington Post  - Mar 12, 2016
We can't answer the question 'Is tech useful in schools?' until we've grappled with a deeper question: 'What kinds of learning should be taking place in those schools?'..
8 great cities for trade school graduates
USA Today  - Mar 13, 2016
The growing cost of higher education have made earning a two-year degree or certificate a smart move for many students. Since trade school often takes less time to complete, graduates may have more time to transition to full-time work and begin earning a living...
Archives - CTE
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Student Athletes

Recruiting tip: Don’t rely on someone else to handle your recruiting
USA Today HSS  - Mar 14, 2016
Don’t rely on someone else to find your athletic scholarship. The recruiting process is your responsibility. Take ownership of it. Why would you hand off something as important as your college search to someone else? Who knows what you want for a college experience better than you do?..
ABC Guide For Parents Of Student Athletes
Jamaica-Gleaner  - Mar 13, 2016
With the 2016 Issa-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championship scheduled to begin on Tuesday the issue of dealing with athletes who can be transformed into instant stars with one good performance could be a major challenge for some parents...
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UMaine System keeps tuition in deep freeze
Portland Press Herald - Mar 14, 2016
FARMINGTON — Bucking a national trend of increasing college costs, the University of Maine System will keep its in-state tuition flat for a sixth straight year after a vote Monday by the board of trustees....
Fewer people are dropping out of Maryland colleges
Baltimore Business Journal - Mar 14, 2016
About 69 percent of full-time students who started school in the fall semester of 2009 graduated from a USM school in at least six years, the report says, a record. Students who started in the fall of 2008 had a six-year graduation rate of 63 percent....
Delaware bill to keep students out of criminal system
The News Journal - Mar 11, 2016
Attorney General Matt Denn and lawmakers are rallying behind legislation that would eliminate the rule that schools have to report minor fights between students to the police....
3 ways to correct the Pennsylvania school funding mess
WatchDog - Mar 10, 2016
Many Pennsylvania public schools are in financial trouble. A Watchdog investigation this week profiled the problems plaguing the cash-strapped Erie School District, but the challenges it faces are consistent with those looming over many other districts. ....
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Teens Dating

For teens, breaking up is hard to do
Chicago Tribune  - Mar 11, 2016
alyse Peńa sounded like a seasoned social worker, not a high school senior. One after another, she confidently answered the same question from fellow Valparaiso High School students during Wednesday's lunch hour: Who is Amanda Bach?..
Study shows Katie Brown dating violence prevention program making a differenc
Wicked-Local Fall River  - Mar 10, 2016
FALL RIVER — A new study using the Katie Brown Education Program’s violence prevention curriculum has confirmed that teens who attend even brief classes about healthy dating and friendships are less likely to tolerate violence and abuse in their relationships...
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