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College Readiness

After graduation, what next? Learn about preparing students for college admission and helping them stay in college once they get there.

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    Support for Students With Disabilities as They Head to College

    A smooth transition from high school to college requires these students to understand the law and build critical self-advocacy skills.
    Matthew Vogel
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    The 10 Most Significant Education Studies of 2020

    We reviewed hundreds of educational studies in 2020 and then highlighted 10 of the most significant—covering topics from virtual learning to the reading wars and the decline of standardized tests.
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    In Schools, Are We Measuring What Matters?

    The psychologist, researcher, and MacArthur Fellow Angela Duckworth believes that to make better decisions in our school systems, we need to rethink the way we measure student capabilities.
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  • The College March

    The College March

    A celebration for high school seniors—most of whom will be the first in their families to go to college—as they submit their applications.
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  • 8 Strategies for Teaching Academic Language

    Ideas for developing students’ capacity to understand and use discipline-specific terminology and the language used in instruction.
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  • Student presenting data at a whiteboard

    Will Ditching Calculus Make Math More Relevant?

    Increasingly, statistics and datasets are in the air we breathe, and some renowned mathematicians say it’s time for K-12 math to reflect this new reality.
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  • True Grit: The Best Measure of Success and How to Teach It

    Can you predict academic success or whether a child will graduate? You can, but not how you might think. When psychologist Angela Duckworth studied people in various challenging situations, including National Spelling Bee participants, rookie teachers in tough neighborhoods, and West Point cadets, she found: One characteristic emerged as a significant predictor of success. And it wasn't social intelligence. It wasn't good looks, physical health, and it wasn't IQ. It was grit.
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  • Older girl in the library reaching for a book off the shelf

    A New Definition of Rigor

    Rigor doesn't simply mean giving students more or harder work. Instead, it's the result of work that challenges students' thinking in new and interesting ways.
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    Helping Students With Disabilities Understand Accommodations in College

    High school educators can play an important role in preparing students to request accommodations in college.
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  • A diverse group of four high school students collaborate at a table at Dayton STEM school

    Using Project-Based Learning to Prepare Students for Cutting-Edge Careers

    Hoping to prepare high school graduates to solve complex, real-world problems, an Ohio STEM school found answers in project-based learning.
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  • A closeup of a teenage girl sitting at her desk, smiling. One hand is resting on an opened notebook, and her other hand is holding a pencil above a sheet of paper she's writing on. Other students are sitting throughout the classroom.

    The Deficit Model Is Harming Your Students

    Raise your underserved students' expectations by raising your own, and create a series of reachable, data-based goals, scaffolding your instruction and mitigating their fear of failure.
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  • Eight elementary-age students are smiling, running out of the school building through three opened doors.

    Transition Resources for Parents, Teachers, and Administrators

    Matt Davis has highlighted resources for parents, teachers, and administrators that can help students make the transition into elementary, middle, and high school -- and beyond.
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  • Failure Is Essential to Learning

    To help these kids make the kinds of gains they need to master the Common Core, students must learn to receive feedback and also how to use it to improve.
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  • Students construct a model wind turbine for the Green Energy Pathway at Skyline High School in Oakland.

    Modernizing Career and Technical Education

    As jobs increasingly require new skills, high schools revive programs that help students explore careers in the course of their studies.
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  • Graduates throwing their caps in the air after graduating

    Fostering a College-Going Culture in Elementary School

    Enlisting the support of alumni and working professionals, a teacher encourages her second graders to start thinking about colleges and careers.
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