California Refuses District Request to Use SAT Instead of State Test

(Education Week)  By Catherine Gewertz. California’s Long Beach school district grabbed an opportunity offered by the Every Student Succeeds Act: It asked the state for permission to use the SAT college-entrance exam instead of the state’s required Smarter Balanced test in high school. The state said no, becoming the first in the country to reject […]

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ACT, SAT becoming standard across state, some question Ohio mandate.

(Toledo Blade)  By Vanessa MaCray. Ready, set, bubble. High school juniors across Ohio will take an ACT or SAT college-entrance exam this spring to fulfill a state mandate that requires public school districts and charter schools to give one of the two tests to nearly all 11th graders. This year’s junior class is the first […]

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Nearly 40,000 people applied to Harvard this year — experts say it’s harder than ever to get into elite schools

(Business Insider) By Abby Jackson —  Harvard College received 39,494 applications for the Class of 2021.  That’s the most applications in the history of the school. The ever-increasing number of applicants at elite schools elicits the question of whether it’s more difficult to get into elite schools today than ever before. Former Ivy League admissions directors have […]

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College Board to boost SAT security to combat cheating

(Associated Press ) By Joe Mandak —  PITTSBURGH — The firm that owns the SAT college entrance exam is boosting security worldwide following test-stealing and other cheating in recent years. The College Board said it’s reducing the number of international testing dates from six per year to four for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years. […]

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ACT Adds July Test Date. Matches SAT

(Edweek) —  ACT Inc. announced Tuesday that it will begin offering a summer test date for the ACT college admissions exam, beginning in 2018. The move matches one by ACT’s rival, the College Board, which recently introduced a 2017 summer test date for its SAT exam. ACT said it will add a seventh date to […]

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