Many people are wondering if COVID-19 could spell the end of university admission testing. Young people at the Autonomous University of Barcelona on July 7, 2020.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically accelerated a growing shift to test-optional admissions policies or scrapping entrance tests altogether.
Will ‘test-optional’ policies help or hurt college applicants?
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With more colleges and universities than ever making the SAT or ACT optional for admission, two scholars weigh in on what that means for students and their families.
Remote learning poses challenges for some students.
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An admissions dean seeks to take the worry out of applying for college when traditional things like grades, standardized tests and extracurricular activities have been disrupted by COVID-19.
College entrance exams are being rethought.
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College entrance exams haven't always been the most fair. But will getting rid of them lead to more diversity on campus?
Big education tests come with serious side effects, research shows.
While large-scale education assessments, such as the PISA, are meant to show how education systems are faring around the world, evidence shows these assessments come with a host of problems.
Donald Trump and Scott Morrison at the opening of billionaire Anthony Pratt’s paper factory Ohio, which looked like a rally for Trump.
University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Deep Saini and Michelle Grattan discuss the big stories in politics this week.
Two cannabis plants per person and four per household will be legal in the ACT from January 31.
What will the new legislation mean for cannabis users in the ACT? And will other jurisdictions follow?
Instead of expanding its only prison, the ACT government will redirect $14.5 million into a range of justice reinvestment programs.
For years, the benefits of justice reinvestment programs have been championed. Now the ACT is actually investing in it, and the federal government should do the same.
Could a random admissions process help spare universities from legal trouble and save time and money?
Colleges and universities are often criticized for how they admit students from diverse groups. A college admissions scholar suggests an admissions lottery could help make the process more fair.
T.M. Landry College Prep co-founders Tracey and Michael Landry have stepped down from the school’s board as authorities investigate a wide range of allegations against the school, from academic fraud to physical abuse.
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T.M. Landry College Prep, facing allegations of abuse, is known for getting students from poor backgrounds into Ivy League schools. An education scholar says the school's focus was misplaced.
Students prep for the SAT at a test prep center in New York City.
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Test prep is a prominent feature in Asian-American communities, which helps explain recent gains that Asian-Americans made in the SAT and ACT college entrance exams, a higher education scholar argues.
The value of college rankings is continually being called into question.
College rankings are set up to make you believe one college is better than another. But a closer look reveals college rankings may be measuring something entirely different.
Victoria is set to become only the third jurisdiction to introduce industrial manslaughter laws, behind the ACT and Queensland.
Simply having an offence of industrial manslaughter on the statute books cannot by itself lower workplace death rates.
The Living Space development in Cockburn, Western Australia, has won praise as an innovative mixed-use social housing project.
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The states that are delivering more affordable housing have sophisticated, multi-pronged strategies to serve the full range of needs.
Should laptops be used during class?
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Laptops in class are distracting – even for the most motivated students.
Who is responsible for today’s campus troubles?
On Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, five educators reflect on recent campus protests and describe concrete actions universities can take to bring opportunity to all.
Why are archaic tests being used today?
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When your kids (or colleagues) misbehave, does anyone give you five options, one of which is uniquely correct, to solve the problem? So, why do we continue to test students in this way?
There have been some serious fallouts from standardized testing.
Art teachers have been evaluated on English test scores. There seems to be no limit to how test data are being used to punish students, teachers and schools.
The ACT’s new prison did not take long to fill up, which has tested the capacity of corrections authorities to live up to their stated high ideals.
The ACT's first prison opened in 2009 with lofty ideals, but rising prisoner numbers and high rates of re-imprisonment are presenting a severe test of the capital's reformist corrections agenda.
It all comes down to matters of interpretation, and the interpretation that counts is that of the High Court.
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