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  • SAT Scores No Longer Important to Some Colleges

    Jul 15, 2011 – Many students struggle under the pressure to perform well on college entrance exams like the SAT and ACT. However, more and more American colleges and universities are implementing test-optional policies for admissions, acknowledging that test scores do not necessarily correlate with college success.

  • 75 to 98 Percent of College Students Have Cheated

    Jun 29, 2011 – Back in 1940, only 20 percent of college students admitted to cheating during their academic careers. Today, that number has increased to a range of 75%-98%.

  • Illiteracy: The Downfall of American Society

    Jun 13, 2011 – Widespread illiteracy not only leads to lower education and employment rates, it is also linked to increased crime and incarceration and a high social and economic cost. Read on to learn more about the terrible effects of illiteracy on society and what you can do to help.

  • Public Vs. Private School: Study Says There Is No Difference

    Jun 13, 2011 – With all of the highly publicized failures of America's public schools, it's easy to assume that students in private schools are receiving a better education. But a study released in 2007 by the Center on Education Policy (CEP) found that students in public urban high schools perform, on average, just as well as those in private high schools.

  • What Is Content Design?

    Dec 20, 2010 – Content design can be used in print work; however, the term generally refers to content on the Internet. Keep reading below to learn what content designers are responsible for and how they create their designs.

  • Visual Literacy Vs. Visual Communication: What's the Difference?

    Dec 20, 2010 – While visual literacy and visual communication are related, there are many differences between the two. Keep reading below to find out more and what careers you can land with training in visual literacy or visual communication.

  • ROTC Programs: How Do They Work?

    Nov 30, 2010 – Reserve Officers Training Corps. (ROTC) programs prepare students for careers in the military and help them develop leadership skills. These programs offer scholarships to students who are interested in attending college and serving in the military at the same time. Continue reading below to learn how ROTC programs work.

  • MRSA Outbreak Threatens U.S. Schools

    Nov 08, 2007 – Each day, there are new reports of students being infected with MRSA. Schools in California, New York, Michigan, Oklahoma, Ohio, Virginia, Washington, New Jersey and nearly every other state in the nation have been forced to respond to the outbreak.

  • Education Study: Parental Involvement Enriches College Experience

    Nov 06, 2007 – Overprotective parents have often been accused of ruining the whole college experience. But according to a new education survey, college students today have closer contact with their parents than ever before and are more satisfied with college because of it.

  • 55 Colleges Under Investigation for Unethical Student Loan Practices

    Nov 02, 2007 – The Department of Education announced Wednesday that it is seeking more information regarding lending practices from 55 colleges and universities. Although the schools are not accused of doing anything 'illegal' at this time, it is obvious that most of the schools on the list engaged in questionable behavior.

  • 12 Percent of U.S. High Schools Could Be Labeled a Dropout Factory

    Oct 30, 2007 – According to a new study, the nickname fits the 1,700 U.S. high schools that have graduation rates under 60 percent. The highest concentration of poorly performing schools is in Southern states like Florida and South Carolina.

  • Department of Education Accused of Fleecing Taxpayers

    Oct 27, 2007 – Oversights at the Department of Education allowed lenders to improperly collect more than $600 million of student loan payments. In a recent interview with Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, she admitted the Department is to blame, but also admits that there are no plans to recoup the money for taxpayers.

  • Public & Private College Costs Up Over 6 Percent

    Oct 23, 2007 – The College Board reported Monday that both public college costs and private college costs are rising faster than inflation. Rising costs have also outstripped increases in financial aid, leaving students paying more than ever before.

  • New Study Shows Salaries Are Not Keeping Pace with Student Debt

    Oct 19, 2007 – According to a new report from Project on Student Debt, rising tuition costs are forcing students to borrow so much money that salaries can no longer keep pace.

  • Maine Middle School Provides Students with Birth Control Pills & Patches

    Oct 18, 2007 – The Portland School Committee voted 10-to-2 on a proposal yesterday that will allow students at King Middle School to obtain birth control pills and patches from the school's student health center.

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  • SAT Scores No Longer Important to Some Colleges

    Jul 15, 2011 – Many students struggle under the pressure to perform well on college entrance exams like the SAT and ACT. However, more and more American colleges and universities are implementing test-optional policies for admissions, acknowledging that test scores do not necessarily correlate with college success.

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  • What Is Content Design?

    Dec 20, 2010 – Content design can be used in print work; however, the term generally refers to content on the Internet. Keep reading below to learn what content designers are responsible for and how they create their designs.

November 2010 ( View 1 Articles )
  • ROTC Programs: How Do They Work?

    Nov 30, 2010 – Reserve Officers Training Corps. (ROTC) programs prepare students for careers in the military and help them develop leadership skills. These programs offer scholarships to students who are interested in attending college and serving in the military at the same time. Continue reading below to learn how ROTC programs work.

November 2007 ( View 1 Articles )
  • MRSA Outbreak Threatens U.S. Schools

    Nov 08, 2007 – Each day, there are new reports of students being infected with MRSA. Schools in California, New York, Michigan, Oklahoma, Ohio, Virginia, Washington, New Jersey and nearly every other state in the nation have been forced to respond to the outbreak.

October 2007 ( View 3 Articles )
  • State Tests Dumbed Down to Create a False Impression of NCLB Success

    Oct 10, 2007 – A new report reveals that the tests states use to determine reading and math proficiency under No Child Left Behind are giving people a false impression in regards to the success of NCLB. Many states have dumbed tests down to increase proficiency rates, and created disparities that insure at least two-thirds of American children attend schools with low expectations.

  • Hugs and High Fives Banned in School

    Oct 05, 2007 – Some schools ban cell phones and junk food, while others prohibit recess tag. But the latest ban sweeping the nation - a ban on hugs, high-fives, hand holding, and other forms of PDA - has students, and some parents, frustrated and angry.

  • Student Loan Lenders Creating a New Credit Bubble

    Oct 04, 2007 – In only one year's time, the market for private student loan-backed securities has seen an increase of 76 percent. According to a new study, the result is an enormous and dangerous credit bubble similar to the one recently seen in mortgage markets. If the bubble pops, serious damage to the economy is expected.

September 2007 ( View 7 Articles )
  • Bush Speaks Out on Education

    Sep 27, 2007 – Yesterday, President Bush spoke at what is being called a 'made-for-media event' to urge Congress to re-authorize the No Child Left Behind Act. The event has the media buzzing...but not in the way Bush hoped.

  • NAEP Scores Mixed, NCLB Comes Under Further Scrutiny

    Sep 25, 2007 – The NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) released recent reading and math results for tests that were administered through the U.S. Department of Education. Scores were mixed, giving both NCLB critics and supporters ammunition for their cause.

  • Senator John Edwards Unveils Plans for Education Reform

    Sep 21, 2007 – During a highly anticipated education policy speech today at the Brody Middle School in Des Moines, Iowa, Senator John Edwards announced a plan to reform primary education in the United States. The plan includes an overhaul of the No Child Left Behind Act, better pay and education for teachers, and expanded preschool education.

  • Disadvantaged Students May Face New Obstacle When Applying for Financial Aid

    Sep 14, 2007 – The Education Department recently announced a change to the way they will be handling the FAFSA, the required application form for student aid. Some education advocates worry the alteration will make it more difficult for disadvantaged students to apply for the aid needed to pay for college.

  • Civil Rights Groups and Teachers Fight NCLB Renewal

    Sep 11, 2007 – On Monday, teachers and civil rights groups banned together to express their opposition to the draft House bill to renew the federal No Child Left Behind law. According to the protestors, the newly revised bill isn't fair to children in urban and poverty stricken areas and has the potential to set back accountability for years, if not decades.

August 2007 ( View 10 Articles )
  • Class of 2007 SAT Scores Reaffirm Need for Increased Accountability in High Schools

    Aug 31, 2007 – The College Board released the SAT test scores for the class of 2007 this week. For the second consecutive year, there was a decline in reading and math scores. Writing scores were also down from last year. U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings says the declines reaffirm the need for 'greater accountability and increased rigor' in U.S. high schools.

  • Public Education Spending Has Doubled in the Last 15 Years

    Aug 29, 2007 – According to the most recent report released by the National Center for Education Statistics, the amount spent on public education has more than doubled in the last 15 years. Where is the money going?

  • Kanye West to Politicians: Yo, Education Is Important

    Aug 24, 2007 – In an effort to get politicians to focus on improving U.S. schools, non-partisan organization Strong America Schools has signed up rapper Kanye West as the spokesperson for their $60 million 'Ed in '08' campaign.

  • Top 5 Reasons Why Public Schools Are Failing Our Children

    Aug 23, 2007 – Force-feeding children a public education hasn't accomplished anything. American students can't keep up with the students in other countries, and the average U.S. fourth grader doesn't even have the most basic proficiency in common school subjects. How can the situation be fixed? By establishing what the problem is, of course. To start, here are the top 5 reasons why public schools are failing.

  • High School Students Taking the Core Curriculum Are Not College Ready

    Aug 15, 2007 – ACT test results for the graduating high school class of 2007 are in. On average, scores improved modestly in many areas. But according to the ACT, high school students who take only the core curriculum aren't exactly 'college ready'.

July 2007 ( View 11 Articles )
  • The Dirty Secrets of the Privatized Student Loan Industry

    Jul 30, 2007 – Thanks to the privatization of student loans, college students and their parents are at the mercy of an $85 billion industry that is all too content to make students pay dearly for a college education. The problems with the system are appalling, causing everything from campaign abuses and conflicts of interest to taxpayer theft.

  • Top 5 Schools to Get a Free College Education

    Jul 27, 2007 – Tuition costs are on the rise, but there are still some good deals to be had. In fact, if you attend the right school, you may be able to get a free college education! To find out where you need to go, check out this list of the top 5 schools that offer free college tuition to all students.

  • The Fight Over Sex Education in Public Schools

    Jul 25, 2007 – According to Mitt Romney, Barack Obama is calling for sex education in kindergarten. Obama supporters accuse Romney of misinterpreting Obama's views. What's the real scoop?

  • Bush's No Child Left Behind Law Leaves Certain Children Behind

    Jul 18, 2007 – Is the five year old ''No Child Left Behind Law'' leaving some children behind? A new university study says yes and explains why.

  • Top 10 Hottest College Degrees

    Jul 17, 2007 – Getting a good job after college is what earning a degree is all about. If you want to make sure you have the skills that current and future employers need, check out this list of the top 10 hottest college degrees.

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