4-9-18 Education in the News

Star Ledger--The 20 least educated towns in New Jersey

New Jersey is a little smarter than the rest of the nation.

Well, maybe not smarter — we've all seen that driver who can't remember what a blinker is for and cuts you off with no warning (not that I'm bitter or anything) — but we are more educated.

About 37 percent of the state's adults age 25 and over have a college education, compared to 29 percent in the U.S. overall, according to the 2012-2016 Census snapshot.


Erin Petenko | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com| Posted April 08, 2018 at 06:01 AM | Updated April 08, 2018 at 09:10 AM


Trenton Times-- More N.J. high schools should drop class ranks | Editorial

The Vineland school district is considering ditching its high school class-ranking system. It's a move we support wholeheartedly.

Ranking students on a grade point average really has no educational value except to give a handful of overachievers bragging rights to claim they have a numerical superiority that is often a fraction of a point different than the next student.


  Times of Trenton Editorial Board| Updated Apr 7; Posted Apr 7


New York Times-- Building Skills Outside the Classroom With New Ways of Learning

What differentiates the Mayfield Innovation Center from traditional classrooms is evident not just in the virtual reality technology, the 3-D printers or the open architecture that make the two-floor, 30,000-square-foot building seem less of a secondary school than a Google satellite office.




New York Times--For the ACT and the SAT, Pencils No Longer Required, but Sometimes Necessary

For the first time this Tuesday, the 70-member junior class of Chisholm High School in Enid, Okla., will sit for the SAT college entrance exam, but almost all the students will be clicking through Chromebooks instead of blackening bubbles with a No. 2 pencil.