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Where a student goes to high school matters in the transition to college—a lot.
Imagine three young women about to graduate from their neighborhood public high schools—Amanda is graduating from a school in an affluent community, Sally from a working class high school, and Vivian from a school in a poor urban neighborhood. All three have studied the same core subjects, all have grade poinContinue Reading »
Thanks to the fed’s updated Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion reports, school administrators and policymakers finally can wash their hands of unreliable student-reported data.
The new numbers from the Department of Education give a FAFSA count for public and private schools, state-by-state and school-by-school. It’s enough to make any analyst starry-eyed.
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While completion rates for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) vary tremendously by school, they vary by state as well. Using newly released data from the U.S. Department of Education, we created the map below to show state-level FAFSA completion rates.
Nationwide, 55 percent of high school graduates completed their FAFSA in 2012.* Twenty-four states had statewide compleContinue Reading »
Tuesday was a bad news day for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), one of two federally funded consortia creating new assessments aligned to the Common Core. Not only did Georgia publicly drop out of the consortium to go it alone, PARCC released cost estimates for its assessments that would require half of its member states to increase the amount they spContinue Reading »
More District of Columbia high school seniors completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) this year. Citywide, 67.5 percent of 3,097 public and public charter high school seniors completed the FAFSA this year, up from 65.5 percent last year.* That’s a positive sign, especially since researchers have found that, even after controlling for student and family demographics, studeContinue Reading »
More than 50 percent of students who have completed Algebra II in high school find themselves in a remedial math course in college. (Even 13 percent of those who complete Calculus do.) How can this happen?
A new report suggests that these students have been pushed through basic math concepts, such as math modeling and complex measurement, so they can complete high school graduation requiContinue Reading »
Someone needs to tell U.S. News & World Report‘s Robert Morse that data he says he wants to include in his magazine’s high school rankings are already available. In a short interview with the Education Writers Association’s Emily Richmond, Morse said:
The rankings don’t tell us how students do once they leave a high-scoring high school – for exContinue Reading »
Before you roll your eyes at another MOOC story, consider this: An Ohio community college has developed a math MOOC not for its students, but for its local high school students. Why? To get more students math-ready before they come to campus.
It’s an interesting take on the Massive Open Online Course, which — for all its fanfare — still hasn’t seemed to have developed a scalable, sustainContinue Reading »
More than 1.3 million high school seniors have already completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) this year, up 2.4 percent from the same time period last year. In D.C. public schools, however, the percentage of students completing a FAFSA is down 6.9 percent from a year ago. (You can download the data for your local high schools here.)
We’ve been tracking this data allContinue Reading »
This spring the U.S. Department of Education has been releasing real-time completion data for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for every high school in the country. I’ve been following the progression in D.C. public schools for the The Quick and the Ed (see the latest installment here). This month, I sat down with Greg Darnieder, a senior adviser to U.S. Secretary of EducatiContinue Reading »