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9-27-17 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--Ad Watch: Do Gubernatorial Candidates Play Fast and Loose with the Truth?

Phil Murphy and Kim Guadagno stuff a lot of info into their 30-second TV spots. How much is on target?

There’s little more than a month left in the gubernatorial election, and the campaigns have begun to flood the airwaves with new ads to win over undecided voters. But with the 30-second format of today’s political ads, viewers aren’t going to get more than sound bites — with little or no context. That makes it tough to decipher if there’s anything to the claims candidates are making. The latest TV ads from Democrat Phil Murphy and Republican Kim Guadagno are a good case in point, and deserve a closer look.


John Reitmeyer | September 27, 2017


Star Ledger--How did N.J. kids do on the SAT last year? It's complicated.

New Jersey students scored an average of 1,056 -- out of a possible 1,600 -- on the SAT exam last year.

And that means . . . well, we're not sure.

The College Board, which oversees the SAT exam, released average scores for every state and the nation today. They are the first scores released since the SAT underwent a major overhaul in 2016 that shortened the test, eliminated the essay section and nixed obscure vocabulary questions.

Last year, New Jersey students scored an average of 1,484 out of a possible 2,400. 


Kelly Heyboer| Updated on September 26, 2017 at 2:21 PM Posted on September 26, 2017 at 1:48 PM


The Atlantic--The Rural Higher-Education Crisis

When it comes to college enrollment, students in Middle America—many of them white—face an uphill battle against economic and cultural deterrents.

When Dustin Gordon’s high school invited juniors and seniors to meet with recruiters from colleges and universities, a handful of students showed up.

A few were serious about the prospect of continuing their educations, he said. “But I think some of them went just to get out of class.”

In his sparsely settled community in the agricultural countryside of southern Iowa, “There’s just no motivation for people to go” to college, Gordon said.

 “When they’re ready to be done with high school, they think, ‘That’s all the school I need, and I’m just going to go and find a job’” on the family farm or at the egg-packaging plant or the factory that makes pulleys and conveyor belts, or driving trucks that haul grain.

Variations of this mindset, among many other reasons, have given rise to a reality that’s gotten lost in the impassioned debate over who gets to go to college, which often focuses on low-income people of color: The high-school graduates who head off to campus in the lowest proportions in America are the ones from rural places.


Jon Marcus and Matt Krupnick| September 27, 2017


Education Week--New SAT Yields Higher Scores, But Don't Be Fooled

The number of students taking the SAT has hit an all-time high, but how well they’re doing is a bit of mystery.

The College Board released its annual performance report on Tuesday, which shows that 1.8 million students in the graduating class of 2017 took the exam, more than in any previous class. They scored an average of 527 in math and 533 in reading and writing. Each section is measured on a 200-800 scale.

But the College Board didn’t release year-to-year performance changes as it typically does. That’s because 1.7 million students—93 percent of the class of 2017—took the redesigned SAT that debuted in March 2016. It’s a different test, on a different scale, so the scores from the two years aren’t equivalent, they said.


Catherine Gewertz| September 26, 2017


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