President Obama Proposes a College Rating System

On September 3, 2013, in Education, In The News, by Scott Cronenweth
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Citing the growing crisis in student loan debt, and with college costs rising faster than grants and aid, President Obama last week proposed a plan design to put a lid on rising tuition costs by tying US federal student aid to college performance.

Are the Common Core Standards on the Way Out?

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Despite having been adopted by 44 of the 50 states, is the Common Core “failing the test”? Some experts feel that states are beginning to balk as the rigorous testing that has been under development comes to fruition.

Approval Grows for Next Generation Science Standards

On July 12, 2013, in Common Standards, In The News, by Scott Cronenweth
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The Next Generation Science Standards for Today’s Students and Tomorrow’s Workforce (NGSS) released this April are already being approved for adoption at the state level. Five states—Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Rhode Island and Vermont—have already approved the new standards. They are under consideration or pending consideration in California, Florida, Maine, Michigan and Washington.

US High School Graduation Rate Hits 30-Year High

On June 11, 2013, in Education, In The News, by Scott Cronenweth
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According to a new study, high school graduation rates in the US are at their highest point since 1973. Almost 75% of US high school students earned their diploma in 2010 (the most recent available data).

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Ranking Universities Worldwide by Courses of Study

On May 21, 2013, in Education Industry, In The News, by Scott Cronenweth
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An education company in Britain, QS, annually publishes a report that ranks 400 top colleges and universities worldwide by thirty specific majors or courses of study.

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SAT Exams Cancelled for the Entire Nation of South Korea

On May 14, 2013, in In The News, SAT, Tutoring, standardized testing, by Scott Cronenweth
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This week South Korea faced an academic scandal that put it in the global spotlight, as the SAT exams for the entire country were cancelled after allegations of widespread cheating came to light.

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2014 Federal Budget Proposal Emphasizes STEM Education

On April 23, 2013, in Education Industry, In The News, by Scott Cronenweth
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President Obama’s 2014 proposed federal budget reflects his long-standing advocacy for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. The new budget creates a STEM Master Teaching Corps, while also giving science research institutions an explicit role in directing public school curricula.

Proposed 2014 US Education Budget Makes Big Investment in Early Learning

On April 16, 2013, in Education Industry, In The News, Teaching, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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US President Barak Obama’s 2014 budget proposal asks for an “historic investment” in early learning opportunities. President Obama is being applauded for taking a bold step towards removing stumbling blocks that low-income children and other vulnerable preschoolers often face on the path towards success in school.

Coursera Offers Fee-Based "Verified Certificates" to MOOC Students

On January 15, 2013, in In The News, export, online learning, by Scott Cronenweth
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By linking students" coursework to their identities, Signature Track provides a way to show achievement and share course records with employers, schools, or whomever you choose.

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Today’s Teaching Technology Landscape – What’s Most Important and Most Wanted

On December 4, 2012, in In The News, Technology in Education, digital content, ed tech, by Scott Cronenweth
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The trend in classroom tech over the past decade, of course, has been towards “broadening adoption and deeper integration” of digital media across all age groups…