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Much ado over the gender gap in STEM

Education | Test scores and career choices show interesting differences between boys and girls
by Laura Edghill
Posted 6/05/19, 03:21 pm

The results of a recent assessment of eighth graders’ engineering and technology knowledge prompted headlines boasting that girls “beat,” “outshine,” “best,” and “

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Scores upon scores

Education | Colleges weigh the costs and benefits of using student data in admissions
by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 5/29/19, 05:19 pm

Recent changes to the way the SAT presents student information have critics concerned about the misuse of data in college admissions. The College Board, the organization responsible for administrating the SAT, the PSAT, and Advanced Placement tests, released more detailed information last week on its new Environmental Context Dashboard (ECD).

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The college question

Education | Democrats call for free college, but a bachelor’s degree may not be for everyone
by Laura Edghill
Posted 5/22/19, 03:39 pm

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., reasserted his demand for free college for all when he released his education platform last week. Sanders joins other high-profile 2020 Democratic contenders such as Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and former Vice President Joe Biden in their campaign claims that four-year degrees at public universities should be tuition-free.

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