Technology is becoming increasingly ubiquitous in schools and classrooms, but virtual courses still have some stigma attached. For some students, this translates to concerns about getting into the college of their choice. But, if the same thoughtful schedule planning and effort are put in as required for traditional classroom students, virtual students can actually be at an advantage. Here are six tips to share with your virtual high school students as they go through the college application process.
ACT® and SAT® Exams for All: Implications of Using College Entrance Exams for Federal Accountability
When college entrance exams are used as a measure for state and federal accountability, all students must take the tests, and the exams are provided at no cost to them. This removes both a financial and logistical hurdle from the process of applying to college, and it also can help identify college-ready students who wouldn't have opted into taking the test. An article from Chalkbeat, a nonprofit education news organization, cites a study that examined Michigan's ACT testing mandate, which uncovered that college attendance increased by nearly 2 percent after the mandate and by 1 percent for low-income students.
What does the adult and higher education landscape look like today? What kind of payoff can a prospective student hope to receive by returning to the classroom? Here are some of the latest research and numbers (compiled by World Education, eLearning Industry, and COABE) to help provide adult learners and educators with a snapshot.
Whether a student is transferring in from out of state, following a non-traditional academic path, or seeking one that’s academically rigorous, the state of Florida seeks to provide equitable access to the right learning environment for every high school student. Not every student’s academic journey will look quite the same, but in Florida high schools, providing multiple pathways to a diploma can create more equitable learning environments so that every learner can succeed as they pursue their personal goals.
Under the revised plan, students need to meet diploma requirements and also, in most cases, satisfy additional criteria, learning and demonstrating employability skills and demonstrating postsecondary-ready competencies. Is your district or school equipped with the tools to offer students these different options? We’re breaking down these three requirements below, but additional details can also be found in this Graduation Pathways Frequently Asked Questions document.
In today’s job market, jobs that do not require a college degree are on the rise. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook, many of the fastest-growing jobs through 2024 will be in CTE fields. In fact, many high-demand careers require certifications instead. This is great news for high school students who want options other than going straight into post-secondary education.
Today, the ACT® exam is one of the nation’s leading college entry exams. Built to determine students’ academic readiness for the next step in their academic careers, it’s often taken by high school juniors and seniors. In recent years, however, the ACT exam has also taken a more prominent role in high school accountability plans in a handful of states (and the list is growing). And, while it’s no secret there are a lot of options when it comes to preparing for this nationally recognized exam, navigating the appropriate plan for preparation can be challenging.
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