A Study of the Effect of the Talent Search Program on Secondary and Postsecondary Outcomes in Florida, Indiana and Texas: Final Report From Phase II of the National Evaluation

This retrospective study examined the effects of Talent Search on a cohort of students who participated in the program in one of three states (Florida, Indiana, and Texas) and were ninth graders from 1995-1996. Overall, the study found that Talent Search participants were more likely than a comparable control group to enroll in a public college or university, especially two-year institutions, in their state by the 1999-2000 school year. They were also more likely to apply for federal financial aid.

Project Lead the Way Works: A New Type of Career and Technical Program

This study from the Southern Regional Education Board compared the outcomes of Project Lead the Way (PLTW) relative to the High Schools That Work (HSTW) program. The majority of study participants were white males who had parents that pursued postsecondary education. PLTW students had higher scores in math and science on the NAEP-referenced HSTW Assessment than similar HSTW career/technical students in comparable career/technical fields and all fields.

Preparing All Youth for Academic and Career Readiness: Implications for High School Policy and Practice

This policy brief released by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability at the Institute for Educational Leadership identifies five broad policy and practice areas critical to ensuring all students--and especially those with disabilities--are prepared to succeed in high school and in their post-secondary careers. The brief makes 14 recommendations spread across the five areas and provides suggestions on what organizations can support these recommendations.

SAT and ACT Resources

One of our readers wrote in and suggested that we provide some guidance for high school students looking to take the SAT in the spring.  We thought this was a great idea and have compiled information regarding the exam.  We’ve also included information on the ACT, which was accepted in lieu of the SAT at all four year colleges in the U.S. as of 2007. What are the SAT and ACT?

How Effective Are College Access Programs?

The United States has slipped from being the world leader in 25-to-34 year-olds with post-secondary degrees in the 1980’s to ranking 12th today.[1]  There are a number of helpful avenues to prepare students for their journey into and through their postsecondary education, and college access programs are one option that provide services ranging from financial counseling to college visits and test preparation.

The Challenges of College Access and Success

On May 23, 2012, Let’s Get Ready, an organization focused on improving college access among disadvantaged youth hosted an event called, “The Challenges of College Access and Success.” Held at the Boston Federal Reserve Bank, the event featured panelists Wendy Ault, Executive Director of the MELMAC Foundation; Janice Bonanno, Associate Vice President for Student Services at Bunker Hill Community College; Mary Bourque, Superintendent of Chelsea Public Schools; Greg Darnieder, Assistan

Secondary School Counselors Report a Striking Gap between Ideals and School Realities

In 2011, the College Board National Office for School Counselor Advocacy (NOSCA) conducted a national survey with a representative sample of 1,327 middle school counselors and 3,981 high school counselors to learn how they view their missions and roles and how they spend their days. The survey findings were recently discussed at the NOSCA fifth annual conference, held April 13-14 in Washington, DC.


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