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Request for Qualifications: Qualifi...

Request for Qualifications: Qualifications for Independent Receivers

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has announced a new Request for Qualifications (RFQ), titled: Qualifications for Independent Receivers. This RFQ will generate a list of Approved Independent Receivers for Persistently Struggling Schools. To be considered for receivership appointments for the 2016-2017 school year, it is encouraged that applications for the list of Approved Independent Receivers be received by NYSED no later than March 11, 2016.
Funding Opportunity: 2016-2019 New ...

Funding Opportunity: 2016-2019 New York State Charter School Dissemination Grant Program

The purpose of the New York State Charter School Dissemination grant program is to provide funds to support the dissemination of effective practices and programs that have been developed, tested, and proven successful in New York State charter schools. Funds are available to assist charter schools in disseminating their effective practices to any district school(s) in New York through designated partnerships.
Funding Opportunity: Continued Deve...

Funding Opportunity: Continued Development, Administration, and Reporting of Teacher Certification Assessments for New York State Teachers and Educational Leaders as part of the NYSTCE Testing Program

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) Office of State Assessment (OSA) is requesting proposals for the continued implementation of the New York State Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) Testing Program. Services include revision, enhancement, development, administration, and reporting of all Teacher Certification Assessments (excluding the Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA), the Assessment for Teaching Skills-Written (ATS-W) Elementary, and the ATS-W Secondary) as well as any and all additional instruments deemed necessary by NYSED for the certification for New York State teachers, teaching assistants, and educational leaders.
The New EngageNY Is Here

The New EngageNY Is Here

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is pleased to announce the release of The New EngageNY, featuring a more robust search, responsive design for better viewing on mobile devices, and streamlined navigation. EngageNY.org continues to serve educators and citizens by providing information and resources to help improve teaching and learning in New York.
Funding Opportunity: 2016-2019 McKi...

Funding Opportunity: 2016-2019 McKinney Vento Grant Program

The purpose of McKinney-Vento funding is to facilitate the enrollment, attendance, and success in school of homeless children and youth.
Funding Opportunity: Evaluation of ...

Funding Opportunity: Evaluation of the New York State Charter Schools Program

New York State was awarded its most recent Charter Schools Program (CSP) grant from the United States Department of Education (USDE) in 2011. The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is seeking proposals to conduct a statewide evaluation of CSP, focusing on promising features of program implementation in new charter schools and the extent to which those features are promulgated to current and potential charter school operators as well as to traditional district schools. It will also examine charter schools’ access to and use of CSP funds as well as any outcomes that speak to the effectiveness or need for improvement of the CSP grant program.


Strategies to combat pessimism (ess...

Strategies to combat pessimism (essay)

Talking about our professional problems to a point where our peers and colleagues may perceive us as pessimistic can be damaging not just to our mental health but also to our career prospects, writes Thomas Magaldi.

How to use email more effectively (...

How to use email more effectively (essay)

In order for email to have less control over your life, you need to start to take control of it, argues Tanya Golash-Boza.

Most mentoring today is based on an...

Most mentoring today is based on an outdated model (essay)

Most mentor matches don't work, argues Kerry Ann Rockquemore, because they are based on a fundamentally flawed and outdated model.

Ensuring you make a good first impr...

Ensuring you make a good first impression as a job seeker (essay)

The impression you give when you first meet people can make or break your career opportunities. Saundra Loffredo provides tips for ensuring the former.

Common mistakes academic job seeker...

Common mistakes academic job seekers make (essay)

What are the things academic job seekers definitely should not do? Melissa Dennihy provides a list.

Tips for managing controversies tha...

Tips for managing controversies that result from research (essay)

What should you do if your research lands you in controversy? M. V. Lee Badgett offers advice.

BBC News Education

Academy chain 'not good enough'

Academy chain 'not good enough'

An academy chain has been accused by Ofsted inspectors of not making enough progress, with warnings that the quality of education for too many pupils is "not good enough".
Young 'ignore social media age limi...

Young 'ignore social media age limits'

More than three-quarters of 10 to 12 year olds in the UK have social media accounts, even though they are below the age limit, a survey for CBBC Newsround suggests.
Starbucks employee wins dyslexia ca...

Starbucks employee wins dyslexia case

A woman with dyslexia wins a discrimination case against her employer Starbucks after she was disciplined for falsifying documents.
Heads warn over pupils' mental heal...

Heads warn over pupils' mental health

Head teachers issue a warning over their struggle to deal with children's mental health problems at primary schools in England.
New campus plan after China TV deal

New campus plan after China TV deal

Plans to launch a media school in Cardiff are unveiled after a deal was struck with a Chinese television firm.
Leopard mauls six in Indian school

Leopard mauls six in Indian school

A male leopard enters a school in the Indian city of Bangalore, injuring six people before being captured and released.

US Govt Dept of Education

Standing on the Shoulders of Many

Standing on the Shoulders of Many

The 2008 Metro Detroit General Election Obama Staff.
Student Aid Enforcement Unit Formed...

Student Aid Enforcement Unit Formed to Protect Students, Borrowers, Taxpayers

As part of the Obama Administration's aggressive action to protect students and taxpayers, the U.S. Department of Education is creating a Student Aid Enforcement Unit to respond more quickly and efficiently to allegations of illegal actions by higher education institutions.
Strengthening Partnerships between ...

Strengthening Partnerships between Businesses and Community Colleges to Grow the Middle Class

Most first-time college students enroll in certificate or associate degree programs, indicating that the role of America?s more than 1,000 community colleges is more critical than ever. By offering students an affordable education and training close to home, community colleges may be the only option for some students who are raising children, working, in need of remedial classes, or can only take classes part-time. They are also uniquely positioned to partner with employers to create tailored training programs to meet economic needs within their communities.
Balancing Assessments: A Teacher?s ...

Balancing Assessments: A Teacher?s Perspective

As a Teaching Ambassador Fellow, my colleagues and I have the honor of speaking with thousands of educators, parents, and students across the country about their greatest hopes for education and what?s working well for them or not. Just as I have struggled with the amount of testing in my own classroom, we invariably hear about the amount of instructional time and energy devoted to testing.
Girls and Coding: Seeing What the F...

Girls and Coding: Seeing What the Future Can Be

3 Types of FAFSA Deadlines You Shou...

3 Types of FAFSA Deadlines You Should Pay Attention To

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Why is the University of Phoenix be...

Why is the University of Phoenix being sold?

In 2010, Phoenix enrolled roughly 460,000 students across its dozens of campuses and additional online programs. The deal is subject to approval from shareholders, accreditors, and the Department of Education, and expected to go into effect by August. For-profit models have gained notoriety as revenue-focused institutions that prioritize recruiting students over equipping them for successful careers.
How to make America great again for...

How to make America great again for Trump voters

Recommended: Can you tell the 2016 Republican presidential candidates apart? Polls have found that, compared with other candidates, Trump draws strong support from white workers with less-than-college education and less-than-average incomes. In his campaign rallies, Trump resonates with these voters by arguing that American jobs and wages are being eroded by trade with China ? and by an unchecked tide of immigrants across the southern border.
Don't Make These Mistakes During SA...

Don't Make These Mistakes During SAT, ACT Prep

Students must put in a great deal of time, effort and research to meet their target scores -- but even the brightest of students can get tripped up by common mistakes. High school students should do everything they can to maximize their chances of test-day success -- and that might mean fixing some test-prep issues they don't even know they have. Three college students shared some personal examples of mistakes they made, as well as some bonus tips to help the study process.
CAA Signs Former U.S. Secretary of ...

CAA Signs Former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

Before stepping down at the end of 2015, Duncan was one of the Obama administration?s longest-serving cabinet members.
How NYC schools are celebrating Lun...

How NYC schools are celebrating Lunar New Year this Monday

New York City public schools are wishing students a happy Lunar New Year by officially recognizing it as a holiday. In a city where one in eight residents is of Asian descent, according to the US Census, Chinese, Taiwanese, and Korean American parents for years have had to choose between celebrating the most important Asian holiday with their children or maintaining their attendance records. According to New York state senator Daniel Squadron, whose constituency includes residents of Chinatown, the number of Asian Americans in the public school system is higher even than the city total ? one in six students are of Asian descent.
Low pay forces South Dakota teacher...

Low pay forces South Dakota teachers to hold 2nd, 3rd jobs

In this Feb. 4, 2016, photo, teacher Jessica Ries passes out writing assessment tests to her fourth-grade students at Hayward Elementary School in Sioux Falls, S.D. Ries is one of many teachers working two jobs in South Dakota, a state that ranks last in teacher pay. (AP Photo/Dirk Lammers)SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) ? Jessica Ries settles in behind the counter of Tip Top Tux and phones a couple to remind them of an upcoming fitting before their wedding. In the back room, beyond the dapper mannequins and vest swatches of pink, yellow and blue, a tote filled with review packets for 24 of her Hayward Elementary School students awaits her attention if she gets any down time.


University of Central Lancashire la...

University of Central Lancashire launches medical degree that is only open to overseas students

Hospitals may be struggling to overcome immigration laws to recruit new nurses, but for the university sector it is a different story.

Leicester University set to offer U...

Leicester University set to offer US-style flexi-degree courses

A leading university is to offer all its students the chance to study new US-style flexi-degree courses from next September.

Refugee crisis: British universitie...

Refugee crisis: British universities should create scholarships and bursaries for students fleeing violence, say academics

Every university in Britain is being urged to play its part in tackling the migrant crisis by helping make it easier for refugees and asylum-seekers to access higher education.

Cambridge University may bring back...

Cambridge University may bring back entry exam as too many acing A-levels

Cambridge University is considering reintroducing an entrance exam because too many applicants get top marks in their A-levels, in a move that has raised concerns that state school pupils would be put at a disadvantage.

Free school meals for infants 'set ...

Free school meals for infants 'set to be scrapped' under Osborne's spending review

Free meals for infant school pupils are likely to be scrapped in George Osborne?s November spending review, it has been reported.

Parents prepared to pay average fin...

Parents prepared to pay average fine of £210 for taking children on holiday during school term, survey finds

Half of parents from across the UK are prepared to face fines over the next year after admitting they will be taking their children out of school to go on holiday, according to an online travel agency?s research.

Education Week

Gov. Mary Fallin challenges state l...

Gov. Mary Fallin challenges state lawmakers in budget plan

Draft of Common Core revisions up f...

Draft of Common Core revisions up for panel vote

U.S. Education Official Apologizes ...

U.S. Education Official Apologizes for Poor Judgment, Behavior

A senior Education Department official is apologizing for what he acknowledged was poor judgment and "unacceptable" behavior related to working on his side businesses with subordinates, failing to pay taxes on his profits and awarding a government contract to a friend's company.
New York education chief to address...

New York education chief to address charter school rally

Michigan Undertaking Plan to Determ...

Michigan Undertaking Plan to Determine If Flint Water Safe

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has undertaken a five-part strategy to determine whether Flint's water, which has become contaminated with lead, is safe to drink.
House panel OKs vouchers for all sc...

House panel OKs vouchers for all school students


The Role of Campus Leadership in En...

The Role of Campus Leadership in Ensuring IT Accessibility

“Everyone should have an opportunity to participate in higher education.”

With those words, Michael K. Young, President of the University of Washington, opens a new video from his institution’s AccessComputing Project, IT Accessibility: What Campus Leaders Have to Say. Developed with support from the National Science Foundation, this video presents university presidents, chief information officers, and other higher education leaders who stress the importance to higher education of accessibility for persons with disabilities, and of having campus technology environments that support it.

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The Game is Changing. What Will Be ...

The Game is Changing. What Will Be Expected of You?

“When we were doing our studies for the National Academies, the typical first response of university presidents or CFOs or provosts was to say: ‘I understand things are changing very rapidly, but I'll ask my CIO to take care of it. The CIO usually can.’ We would then ask: ‘Suppose you wake up in the morning and come in to your office and nothing works anymore. You can't access e-mail. All of your course systems have collapsed. Who fixes the problem?’ They begin to scratch their heads, and pretty soon it's like the five phases of grief. They start off with denial and anger, move through bargaining and depression, and finally reach acceptance.” — James J. Duderstadt, Change and the Research University

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The Top-Ten IT Issues, 2012

The Top-Ten IT Issues, 2012

EDUCAUSE Top 10 IT Issues, 2012

The EDUCAUSE annual publication of top IT issues has long resonated as a yearly snapshot of the most pressing issues for IT leaders in higher education. At the top of list for 2012:

Updating IT professionals’ skills and roles to accommodate emerging technologies and changing IT management and service delivery models Supporting the trends toward IT consumerization and bring-your-own device Developing an institution-wide cloud strategy


Below are the EDUCAUSE Review article summarizing the IT Issues Panel's findings for 2012 and accompanying resources.

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Tune In June 5 -- Rolling Out a BYO...

Tune In June 5 -- Rolling Out a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Program

This free hour-long session, “Rolling Out a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Program,” will offer ideas, sample policy statements and guidelines, and lessons learned for campuses interested in implementing a BYOD strategy for mobile devices on campus.

Those unable to attend may wish to visit the archives after the event or browse related resources.

Interact on Twitter at #EDULive.

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Get Involved with EDUCAUSE -- Volun...

Get Involved with EDUCAUSE -- Volunteer Submissions Are Due June 1

As someone who has a vested interest in higher education IT, you are part of a dynamic and close-knit community where we share new ideas, network with peers, and work toward the common good of the profession.

EDUCAUSE provides opportunities to be an active member by volunteering in a variety of roles, either short- or long-term, throughout the year. These opportunities include:

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Is Agile the Future of Project Mana...

Is Agile the Future of Project Management?

Gartner predicts that by the end of 2012, agile development methods will be used on 80 percent of all software development projects. Project Management Institute’s research shows that agile project management tripled from December 2008 to May 2011, and can help decrease product defects, improve team productivity, and increase business value.

Read the latest article release on agile project management from the Project Management Institute.

To help you apply project management processes at your organization, EDUCAUSE members have access to a selection of professional development resources:

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Considering Teach for America? Stay...

Considering Teach for America? Stay longer than two years.

This past weekend, over 15,000 past, present and prospective Teach for America corps members met in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the organization's inception. Among us there were teachers, lawyers, doctors, CEOs, college professors, superintendents, chancellors, mayoral candidates, and principals, all with a unique story of how we got to joining TFA in the first place, and more unique still in the career paths we chose after our two-year commitment. Nearly three years ago, as a 2011 Greater Philadelphia corps member, I sat in assembly with other teachers in at our alumni induction ceremony, an indication that we'd fulfilled the duties to which we committed two years before. Over drinks and appetizers, corps members excitedly chatted about the same, looming question of the evening: "What are you doing next year?" I remember the pit in my stomach that evening, not because I was returning for a third year of teaching in Philly, but because I was disappointed that the question even needed to be asked and answered. Now, in my fifth year working in a Philadelphia school, I am one of a handful of us who have stayed. Our numbers seem to align with the national trend: according to a study of TFA alumni, less than a third of corps members are still in the classroom after five years. These dismal numbers remain at the heart of the most substantial criticism of Teach for America: that while these young people might be bright and talented, they just don't stay very long at all. My friends and colleagues who have remained in the classroom have become tremendous educators, many even becoming instructional coaches to new and returning corps members. They have taught multiple siblings in the same family, they are on a first-name basis with the mothers and fathers of their students, and their innovative ideas as third, fourth and fifth-year teachers (because now they actually have time to think, rather than to merely survive and try not to cry in front of their students) have improved the culture and the achievement of their schools. Most significantly, they are a familiar face and a stable force for their former students, who smile when they see their old teachers in the hallway, a luxury that those of us educated in suburbia take for granted. Through a commitment that extended beyond just twenty-four months, they earned the trust and respect of a community who might have originally doubted their intentions. After all, what parent wouldn't learn to doubt, after having to hand their children, year after year, to a revolving door of twenty-two year-olds who are "taking a break" before med school or law school or a career in finance? Despite what Teach for America might publicly pronounce about its first and second-year corps members, no teacher - not even the most enlightened, most dedicated, most celebrated - is an expert after two years. It isn't possible. But it is possible to grow into an expert in the years following the two-year commitment, and it's my belief that those years, the years beyond the time as a corps member, are the most valuable to student and school growth. The choice to leave after two years is yet another privilege enjoyed by those of us who are not members of the communities we serve, yet another painful reminder of the inequity that plagues us. Corps members who stay past their two-year commitment are interrupting that inequity, at least on a small scale, by joining in solidarity with the school communities. They have changed the landscape of their schools simply by saying, "I'm still going to be here with you" and sticking by that promise.

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The Coin Toss Caucus

The Coin Toss Caucus

Those of you who managed to make it to Chapter 8 of Critical Voter are no doubt joining me in a chuckle over the controversy surrounding the Iowa Caucuses being decided by a half dozen coin flips. "Foul!" cried many who were unhappy with the result, not because one candidate seemed to have won all six tosses (odds 1:64, BTW), but because the whole notion of deciding important political races by chance alone should be considered stunningly irresponsible and unfair, especially since we always have the option of going back to the "raw" (i.e., "real") numbers which can tell us the true winner of the race. Or can they? As that aforementioned chapter on how numbers can be used to both convince and deceive describes (or, in this case, predicted), the problem with the first-in-the-nation presidential contest did not arise from the nature of Iowans or their weird system for selecting candidates. Rather, it derives from humankind's near religious belief in the superiority of numerical information. This belief actually has deep roots, going back at least as far as Pythagoras who, in addition to figuring out formulas for triangles, acted as a proto cult leader and philosopher whose followers believed in the mystical power of numbers and mathematics. These beliefs derived not from silly superstition, but from the insight that numbers may be the only perfect thing humans experience in life. If you inventory everything you know and experience, one of the few things you can count on with absolute certainty is that 5 plus 5 will equal ten. That and similar mathematical operations are going to be true no matter where you are in the world (even the universe), and it will continue to be true even if a majority of people stop believing it. The trouble is that when numbers are dragged down to earth and attached to real things, they tend to get tainted by reality rather than lending their perfection to reality. To cite a simple example, while 5 + 5 might equal ten, if you've got a sensitive enough scale and weigh two five pound bags of sugar, they will each be slightly more or less than five pounds which means their sum will be more or less than 10. In his 2011 book Proofiness, author Charles Seife explores the impact of this ambiguity, notably how our inability to accept it leads us to prefer quantitative to non-quantitative information, even when such faith is unwarranted. The canonical political example is the 2000 US presidential election, a contest still being argued over today by people who continue to believe that the correct vote count was obtainable, if only corrupt politicians and their lawyers would get out of the way and let us do a proper count to get to the "real" tally. But much of the chaos surrounding that vote derived from the fact that an activity requiring millions of people to do something with millions of pieces of paper in multiple formats which are then collected and tallied by other people is a human vs. purely mathematical operation, one in which the results will contain a certain level of error simply due to the fact that they are an artifact of the real world. At the time of that election, some tried to explain the problem as unique to Florida with its nutty butterfly ballots and hanging chads. But just two years later, Minnesota experienced the same thing even after boasting that it had made its voting process more systematic and rational in response to the 2000 chaos in Florida. Now let's move on to Iowa where we aren't even talking about counting pieces of paper but rather keeping track of tens of thousands of people standing on this or that side of thousands of living rooms, then translating their positions into numbers to determine who won or lost. If it helps, some level of error is going to intrude on any election involving more than a handful of voters. The reason we rarely have to deal with this problem is that in most elections the winner's margin of victory overwhelms this error. But when it doesn't (as in Florida, Minnesota and Iowa) chaos ensues. But this chaos is the result of our refusal to accept that in close races (i.e., ones where the victory margin falls within the margin of error) a "true" result might not be obtainable (or might not even exist). Some localities deal with this issue by settling elections where two candidates get the same number of votes with a coin toss, a variation of which seems to have been in play in Iowa last week. But there is a simpler solution for a race that doesn't require picking someone to take up an office (like the Caucuses): declaring close elections with uncertain final outcomes a tie, apportioning delegates evenly, and not letting either tied candidates declare victory. I'll admit that this option wouldn't have worked in the Florida or Minnesota elections where who got to be President or Senator was at stake. But absent a radical alternative (like do-overs for close elections), flipping a coin may be just as good (and a lot cheaper) than spending a generation sorting through the numbers hoping to find an answer that might not be there.

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Military Helped Attorney Realize Co...

Military Helped Attorney Realize College Was For Him After All

2016-02-07-1454858415-2515701-20151216_180843.jpeg When James Brannen was a 17-year-old junior at Foothill High School in Bakersfield, CA, no one really expected him to attend college. That, however, was before he spent five life-changing years in the U.S. Marine Corps. Those years would set him on a new course that would not only take him to college, but eventually, law school as well. "School wasn't my thing," Brannen said, "and I knew there would be no college for me after high school." With that in mind, he became a Marine upon graduating in 1999. The War on Terror Calls After basic training, Brannen spent a year in Japan, then returned to California just before the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. He'd already been trained as a radio technician, now he would begin learning the role of tank ammunition loader as well. While he continued to train and awaited his orders, Brannen and his high school sweetheart, Aimee, married. They started a family with their first son, Dylan, in Twentynine Palms. "One day, when it was just Dylan and me, I got the call," Brannen said. With the baby on his hip, Brannen lined up and learned that his 1st Tank Battalion would be deployed as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He would be among the first to make the push to Baghdad. A Haunting Twist of Fate A twist of fate would save Brannen's life as his battalion prepared to convoy from Kuwait to Baghdad. Instead of his regular spot in a tank near the front of the convoy, he was moved back to the communications Humvee. The long convoy was overtaken by a heavy sandstorm as it inched along the road to Baghdad. They finally arrived...minus Brannen's original tank. "No one even knew it was missing until we arrived in Baghdad," he said. The tank had gone off a bridge, landing upside down in the Euphrates River. All four crew members drowned in the tank. "I have lots of memories, he said, but that one is with me all the time." A New Life Awaits When Brannen's six month tour of duty ended, he was welcomed back to Twentynine Palms with a special surprise. Stepping off the bus, he was greeted with: "Sgt. Brannen, your wife is in the hospital having the baby!" He'd made it just it back just in time for the birth of his second son, Dain. A monumental and fitting welcome for this Marine who had a whole new life of possibilities awaiting him. As a Marine, Brannen's view of the world, and his own potential, had been transformed. "I found myself reading books I'd been assigned in school...books I hadn't read. I realized I actually wanted to continue my education, to really learn something," he said. And he did. Brannen eventually attended California State University, Bakersfield. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and was recognized as Outstanding Graduate in Philosophy. He didn't stop there, and he earned his juris doctorate from U.C. Davis in 2011. Today, Brannen serves as deputy counsel for the County of Kern and he credits the USMC for helping him get on track to a rewarding career. This article was originally published in Bakersfield Life Magazine, February 2016.

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The Act or the New SAT: Which One S...

The Act or the New SAT: Which One Should You Take?

2016-02-03-1454525159-5037760-Standardizedtestphoto.jpeg With the new SAT coming out this March, a lot of students are feeling the test prep crunch even more than usual. The College Board has made some substantial changes to the test, in the hopes that it will be a simpler, more relevant test. That sounds great, doesn't it? But because no one has taken a real live test, we don't know whether this theory will actually play out in practice. So, should juniors skip the SAT and just focus on the ACT? Yes, according to some of the top test prep tutors in the country. They say that despite the practice tests available on the College Board website, we just don't have enough information yet to know how the scoring is going to play out. But let's break this down so you can make the best decision for you. First, what's the difference between the ACT and the new SAT? The ACT is a 3.5 hour test if you decide to do the optional essay. The SAT is just under 3.5 hours, including the optional 50 minute essay. Here's the full breakdown for the format of the two tests: The New SAT Reading: 52 questions, 65 minutes Writing and Language: 44 questions, 35 minutes Math: no calculator: 25 minutes, 20 questions; with calculator: 55 minutes, 38 questions Optional 50 minute essay The ACT English: 45 minutes, 75 questions Math: 60 minutes, 60 questions Reading: 35 minutes, 40 questions Science: 35 minutes, 50 questions Optional 40 min essay Essentially, the New SAT has been redesigned to look more like the ACT. And you now have even more time on the new SAT for each question. The major difference between the two tests now is the scoring, which the new SAT has significantly changed. 1. The guessing penalty no longer exists on the new SAT. 2. The new SAT score is now out of a 1600 instead of a 2100. 3. The writing and reading score will be combined for a score between 200-800 points. 4. The math score will be scored between 200-800 points. 5. Your essay score will no longer impact your overall score. 6. Your essay will receive 3 different scores, ranging between 2 and 8, that grade your reading, analysis, and writing. 7. For the ACT test, the scoring is out of a 36 for each section, which is then combined into your composite score, also scored out of 36. So, if the ACT and SAT tests are now very similar in terms of structure and content, how do you know which one to take? The thing issue you'll want to consider is time management. The ACT was traditionally an easier test than the SAT. The hardest part was always managing the clock. That's still the case. The average amount of time per question on the ACT is 49 seconds, whereas the average amount of time per question on the new SAT is 1 minute, 10 seconds. Late SAT Test Results This Spring However, the biggest drawback to taking the new SAT in March 2016 is that the test results won't come out until after the May 2016 test. And if you're aiming for entrance at a top-tier college, the spring is a critical time for standardized test taking. Normally students rely on their March test scores to determine which areas of the test to focus on so that they can boost their scores on the May test. But since the scores won't come out until May, you won't be able to tell which areas you need to improve on. Conclusion: Stick with the ACT So, my suggestion is to focus on the ACT. You won't have to wait for months to get your scores, and you'll know exactly what the test will be like ahead of time. So will all of the test prep tutors. Helpful ACT Resources I especially like Erica Meltzer's The Complete Guide to ACT Reading. She's brilliant at helping you figure out how to break down the time management element of the test. She also has an excellent book on SAT Grammar. If you need more support on the science and math sections, my colleague Jim Treadway, one of NYC's top test prep tutors, recommends For Love of ACT Science and Richard Corn's Ultimate Guide to the Math ACT. Finally, remember that it's not your test scores that will be the ultimate deciding factor in your admission to your top choice school. How much you stand out and distinguish yourself through your passion and vision and innovation -- that will always be the heart of your applications. So, do what you have to do to produce a test score that will get you in the door, and then spend the rest of your time doing something that lights you up and makes a profound impact on your community. Now that is the real secret to college admissions.

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How the Gospel of Pragmatism Underm...

How the Gospel of Pragmatism Undermines Education Improvement

2016-02-07-1454876463-8908247-MartinLutherKingJrLetterfromBirminghamJail1.jpgWe need improvements in K-12 education. Too few students learn the critical thinking skills they need for successful life, work and citizenship. The race and class of students and the financial resources of their communities skew student learning. epublicans have an answer: Competition and privatization. Mainstream Democrats have an answer too: Compromise with Republicans. In his Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King expressed his grave disappointment with the "white moderate [...] who paternalistically feels that he can set the timetable for another man's freedom." He lamented that "Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance," he wrote, "is much more bewildering than outright rejection." Read today, his words are a stinging indictment of those who advocate for half-measures to achieve equity in education while claiming the mantle of a contemporary civil rights struggle. His words are a resonant rebuke to contemporary calls to be pragmatic about what can be accomplished in the face of Republican obstructionism and extremism. Clearly, Republican have emerged victorious as a result of a well-funded, decades-long concerted effort to frame the political dialogue, taking substantive efforts at achieving social and economic equality off the table. But however easy it is to blame the Republicans, there is plenty of room for culpability among moderate Democrats. At King's writing in 1963, he decried the entreaties of "moderates" to be patient, to engage in less direct action, to accept slow incremental changes. Today, the brakes on transformational change come with the dogma of pragmatism. Especially in education policy, the politics of social justice and equality denial have taken a more cynical turn. Instead of promoting and supporting the highest quality education for every child, currently dominant education policies promote the expansion of charter schools in which parents must compete for limited slots for some children. Worse, taxpayer-funded charter schools drain funds from existing public schools. Instead of a national and state system of equitable funding for every school based on progressive income and corporate taxes, politicians leave unchallenged reliance on inequitable local property taxes and state funding formulas. Instead of a full-fledged assault on poverty, the pragmatists settle for escape from poverty for a few. Instead of advocating for enriching and expanding democratic participation, bipartisan support for state takeovers of local school governance and promotion of private charter schools has subverted democracy while making no substantive improvement in reducing inequity. After the election of Ronald Reagan, Democrats made a strategic shift in hopes of winning back white working class men. Led by the Democratic Leadership Council, they began to eschew the unifying social responsibility rhetoric of the New Deal and Great Society. The shift was epitomized by Bill Clinton's value-laden phrases just as, "work hard and play by the rules," or "ending welfare as we know it." The not so subtle implication was that some folks were trying to get a free ride. Wittingly or not, the language served to confirm the canard that has long divided the poor from potential allies among the employed who still struggled to make a living. The relative boom of the 1990's may have taken the edge off working people's anger at the abandonment this direction represented. However, with the economic collapse in 2008, anger at economic dislocation has roared back with gale force. Hefty campaign contributions and support for deregulation, NAFTA and now the TPP, have further eroded Democratic credibility as the friend of working and middle-class Americans. Support for half-measures in the name of pragmatism has abetted rather than mediated multiracial inequality. The result in education, as in other domains, is that parents turn to self-preservation- and at times against one another- for two reasons. First, they are isolated. There is too little unified organized opposition to the erosion of democracy and social supports and insufficient public support for jobs and living wages. Advances such as unemployment insurance, social security, Medicare and Medicaid, collective bargaining, voting rights and school desegregation were all a response to organized political movements. The enabling legislation for each of these was not the result of visionary elected leaders making pragmatic compromises, but rather their response to public pressure. Second, with the waning of public pressure and the simultaneous increase in corporate lobbying, policy makers offer no collective solutions thereby reinforcing individualism and tribalism. The system is rigged to support the super rich and their ideas. They are well organized, leaving everyone else to squabble over what is left. Countering the influence of the torrent of money unleashed by the Citizens United Supreme Court decision will not be accomplished with calls for pragmatism or even the election of lone progressives. (This, I think is Bernie Sanders point when he calls for a political revolution.) That result demands organization for some simple unifying ideas. 1) Rebuild the infrastructure of United States while creating millions of well-paying jobs. The costs will be offset by increased consumer buying power that will spur economic growth and stabilize families. 2) Recalibrate income tax rates so that the wealthy pay their fair share. 3) Fund public education with federal support from a graduated income tax and corporate taxes. This step would reduce state and local taxes while reducing inequality. 4) Provide federal incentives for racially and economically integrated public schools and communities so that all citizens have a shared interest in school improvement. 5) Establish a single-payer universal health care system. Ironically, it was Barry Goldwater who said, "And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!" Arthur H. Camins is the director of the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. He has taught and been an administrator in New York City, Massachusetts and Louisville, Kentucky. The ideas expressed in this article are his alone and do not represent Stevens Institute. His education policy writing is collected at http://www.arthurcamins.com. He tweets at https://twitter.com/arthurcamins.

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8 Things People Who Stutter Are Tired Of Hearing

Stuttering can be complicated and easily misunderstood, especially by people who do not stutter. Stuttering awareness is one of the main ways to tackle stereotypes and confusion. The next time you encounter someone who stutters, consider trying to understand what they are saying, and not how they say it. These are eight out of the many things people who stutter are usually tired of hearing. 1. "Calm down, take a deep breath, and slow down" Before thinking about giving someone who stutters advice, try to understand what they are trying to say and be patient. https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/35/80/cf/3580cfe4bc38534f0e81a1a1cec43cd9.jpg 2. "Did you forget your own name?" No, we usually don't forget our names. It just takes us a little longer to say what we have to say. http://www.okdani.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/nope-beyonce.gif 3. "You don't stutter. I've never heard you stutter before" This is one of the most frustrating things to hear as a person who stutters. Our challenges are real. Try to find out better ways to understand a person who stutters, instead of questioning them about it. 2016-02-07-1454873851-2414595-stutterpic3.00.gif 4. "Don't worry, you'll grow out of it" Many people who stutter usually grow out of stuttering during their childhood. If someone continues to stutter throughout their teenage years, they are mostly likely to stutter in the future. The best thing to do is to accept the person's stutter. http://www.quickmeme.com/img/a1/a147735b913c3fe720467ecafd78c6a6416e04351fc3723d451e930611a3f10e.jpg 5. "Think about what you're gong to say before you say it" Instead of trying to give advice on how to help someone to not stutter, allow them to speak in a way that they feel comfortable doing so. Again, be patient. http://memesvault.com/wp-content/uploads/Confused-Baby-Meme-Blank-02.jpg 6. "I stutter sometimes too" There are a lot of myths that come with stuttering, such as connecting a stutter with being nervous or scared. Look into what stuttering is before making assumptions. http://media0.giphy.com/media/Rhhr8D5mKSX7O/giphy.gif 7. "Are you okay? Is there something wrong with you?" No, we as people who stutter just have different ways of expressing ourselves when communicating. http://ohtoptens.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Grumpy-Cat-NO-1.jpg 8. When people finish our sentences I find it frustrating when people try to complete my sentences. I know what I am trying to say, it just takes me a little longer to get the words out. Be patient and let the person who stutters finish what they are trying to say. http://cdn.meme.am/instances/54734376.jpg

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Does Your HIgh School Matter for BS...

Does Your HIgh School Matter for BS/MD Admissions?

A common question we get is whether it matters where you go to high school. Is a private school better than a public school? Is a very competitive high school better than a less competitive school? As is often the case, the answer is rarely as simply as a yes or no. A strong high...Continue Reading >

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New BS/MD Program in California

New BS/MD Program in California

I wanted to let my readers know about a new BS/MD program that is just starting up. The program is at California Northstate University and its first class of BS/MD students will start in Fall 2016. This is particularly good news for many California students who were disappointed when the program at UC San Diego...Continue Reading >

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Time to Start Thinking about Your P...

Time to Start Thinking about Your Plans for Next Summer

What are your plans for next summer? If  you are considering a BS/MD program or even applying to some highly selective colleges, now is the time to be thinking about your plans for next summer. The first question is what do you want to be doing? Research? Volunteering? Taking a class? If you have plans...Continue Reading >

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Start Thinking About Filing the FAF...

Start Thinking About Filing the FAFSA if You Might Need Financial Aid

Now that we are into the new year, the parents of high school seniors who believe they will need financial aid to pay for college need to be thinking about filing the FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA is required of all colleges that provide federal financial aid including grants and...Continue Reading >

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Does Your Medical School Affect You...

Does Your Medical School Affect Your Residency Placement

Our students are often concerned about attending the highest rated medical school(whatever that means), because they are concerned about which residency they will match with. They believe that going to a top ranked medical school will allow them to attend whatever residency they wish to attend. And it might. But is also might not. We...Continue Reading >

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Accelerated Medical Programs and Su...

Accelerated Medical Programs and Successful Students

Several professors from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, including the director of the HPME program, recently wrote an article in Academic Medicine comparing the success of students in BS/MD programs with those that took the traditional route. The abstract of that report can be found at Pub Med. In summary the study found that...Continue Reading >

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