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8-26-16 Education in the News

Philadelphia Inquirer--State-by-state look at ACT test-takers and composite score

 (AP) - A state-by-state look at the percent of high school graduates taking the ACT exam and the average composite score, according to the testing company's annual report released Wednesday.


The Associated Press|Updated: August 24, 2016 — 3:07 AM EDT



The Press of Atlantic City-- Muncie school district scrambles for teachers in new year

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Some schools in parts of Indiana are having trouble finding enough teachers as the new school year begins.

Muncie Community Schools officials say the district lost 53 teachers, about 11 percent of its staff, between May and Aug. 9. It hired back 13 but is still looking for three guidance counselors.

The Star Press (http://tspne.ws/2bS0h3p ) reports that last summer, the Indiana Department of Education reported a nearly 63 percent drop in the number of licenses issued to first-time teachers.


Associated Press| August 25, 2016


NY Times-- How Cuts to Public Universities Have Driven Students Out of State

Declines in state support for public universities have helped reshape the geography of college admissions, forcing many students to attend universities far from home, where they pay higher, out-of-state tuition. An analysis of migration patterns among college freshmen shows the states students leave each year and where they go.




Education Week-- Dwindling Interest Seen in SAT Subject Tests

A lot of attention has been heaped on the fact that more and more students are taking the SAT or ACT. But little notice has been given to an opposite trend: the quiet slipping away of the SAT Subject Tests.

Once known as the SAT IIs, and, before that, the SAT Achievement Tests, these single-subject, multiple-choice exams were long a staple of many high school students' college applications, especially to the country's more selective set of institutions. But an examination of reports from the College Board, which owns and administers the tests, shows a steep decline in the number of students taking them, especially in the past five years.

Across the five most recent graduating classes that the organization has published data about—the classes of 2011 through 2015—the number of subject tests given has dropped by 25.7 percent. Since the class of 2006, it's dropped 17.4 percent.


By Catherine Gewertz|August 23, 2016


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