Interested in what’s trending in education? Here are a few highlights from recent education news.

Breakthrough Pathways to Student Success
Inside Higher Ed, Steven Mintz

College campuses need to step it up if the US is going to reach the Obama administration’s 2020 goal of having “the highest proportion of college graduates in the world,” according to Mintz, the Executive Director of the University of Texas System's Institute for Transformational Learning. In a blog post for Insider Higher Ed, he outlines six steps for universities looking to prioritize student success and increase graduation rates.

Maine educators look beyond testing to measure student success
Bangor Daily News

Educators and policymakers in Maine are trying to decide what success means for students. Much of the conversation is focused on identifying metrics that assess both career and college readiness. “For much of the past two decades, standardized tests have determined which students and schools are considered “successful.” But new mandates are forcing officials to look beyond test scores and diplomas. Under the controversial former education law called No Child Left Behind, the measuring stick was the standardized test. Two years ago, Congress voted to replace No Child Left Behind with a new education law, called the Every Student Succeeds Act. The new law gives states more leeway in how they assess school performance.”

Project Aims to Dispel 'Misguided Notions and Outdated Assumptions' about College Readiness
THE Journal, Dian Schaffhauser

Researchers at the University of Chicago are researching myths associated with indicators of college readiness and success. The myth is this: that a student's academic trajectory is set for college — or not — by the time he or she enters high school. The reality is this: Course performance in grade 9 is more predictive of a student's chances of graduating high school than all other factors combined. Another myth is this one: ACT and SAT scores are the most important indicator of success in college. While ACT and SAT scores do matter for college access, grade point averages are much more predictive of college success. In fact, strong grades — earning As and Bs in high school — are the strongest indicator of college readiness and are much more predictive of college graduation than any test score.

National Testing Landscape Continues to Shift
Education Week, Catherine Gewertz

The state testing landscape is settling down, according to the results of Education Week’s third annual survey of state tests. The survey found that “most states rejecting the federally funded PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments, and nearly one-quarter embracing the SAT or the ACT as their official high school test.” The increased use of college-admissions tests to measure achievement and college readiness is a result of the Every Student Succeeds Act, which allowed states to use those tests to measure achievement.

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