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College Readiness News Roundup: Cultural Hurdles to College, New Placement Test in Florida, and Blueprint for Education in Iowa

Posted in Test Prep on October 7, 2011 by

In this week’s College Readiness News Roundup, check out articles about Florida’s new placement test, how schools are encouraging more rural students to go to college, and more.

1. Report Assessments for College Readiness in Florida

A new report details how Florida’s Division of Colleges and K-12 partners designed and launched a new placement test as a part of a great college readiness plan. Read more in this article from Getting Smart.

2. Helping Rural Students Leap Cultural Hurdles to College

One of the biggest challenges in increasing college attendance rates among rural students involves convincing the students’ parents to get on-board. Read more about the challenge and solutions in this article from Ed Week.

3. Branstad Unveils Blueprint for Education in Iowa

Iowa governor Terry Branstad recently announced “a reform plan that raises the bar for admittance to teacher preparation programs, replaces a century-old pay system for teachers and makes strides in eliminating social promotion,” according to the Des Moines Register.

4. Better Data Urged to Link K-12 and Postsecondary

“If high schools are going to better prepare students for college and careers, experts say they need to track graduates enrolling in higher education, whether they take remedial courses to get up to speed, and whether they earn a degree.” Read more in this article from Education Week.