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

The deepest fears — and hopes — parents harbor about their kids applying to college
The Washington Post, Valerie Strauss

With college admissions season underway, the majority of applicants going to college in the fall will soon find out which college and universities they have accepted or rejected them. Parents are often as anxious as their children. Brennan Barnard, director of college counseling at the Derryfield School, in Manchester, N.H., shares some advice for parents on their fears around the admissions process.

Students: Colleges Are Tracking You Online. It Can Help You Graduate
nprEd, Eric Westervelt

Increasingly, colleges and universities are turning to predictive and learning analytics to help identify students at risk, so advisors can help keep them on track to graduate. While critics point to the data as “academic autopsy data” that rarely has anything to do with helping improve student learning in real time, companies like Starfish, Civitas, and Blackboard are helping schools develop evidence-based data-analytics tools.

Pioneer unveils five-year plan
The Recorder, Shelby Ashline

Pioneer Valley Regional School’s administration has unveiled a new five-year plan to improve seventh and eighth grade performances on Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) tests and give students necessary preparation for college or careers following high school. Under the plan, the district will purchase Naviance to help support their college and career readiness goals.

15 hot edtech trends for 2017
eSchoolNews, Meris Stansbury

Stansbury spoke with 15 edtech leaders to get their reflection on 2016 and what can be expected in 2017. Video production went mainstream in 2016, with lecture capture becoming much more present on college campuses. Several leaders interviewed spoke to the increasing importance of data analysis in education. The uses of data analysis are as varied as public schools demonstrating their fiscal responsibility to better understanding student performance and culture. The trend of data-driven decision making is expected to continue in 2017.

What You Need to Know About Your College Financial Aid Offer This Year
Consumer Reports, Donna Rosato

With a new date for federal financial aid applications, many colleges will be sending out financial aid packages earlier this year. A survey by EAB found that 57 percent of colleges plan to release notices about financial aid earlier than last year. Rosato provides students with some tips on applying for financial aid and guidance on how to use the additional time to understand the package being offered by a college or university.

Guiding Those Who Guide Students
Inside Higher Ed, Kasia Kovacs,

Beyond Foundations: Developing as a Master Academic Advisor, a new book from the National Academic Advising Association, takes an in-depth look at the profession of academic advising and the challenges advisors might face later in their career. The book also provides advice on how advisors can grow and learn in their careers. Inside Higher Ed conducted a Q&A session with the editor to better understand the advising profession and what the future holds for the profession.

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