ACT http://wrkf.org en College Applicants Sweat The SATs. Perhaps They Shouldn't http://wrkf.org/post/college-applicants-sweat-sats-perhaps-they-shouldnt With spring fast approaching, many American high school seniors are now waiting anxiously to hear whether they got into the college or university of their choice. For many students, their scores on the SAT or the ACT will play a big role in where they get in.<p>That's because those standardized tests remain a central part in determining which students get accepted at many schools. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 08:29:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 22701 at http://wrkf.org College Applicants Sweat The SATs. Perhaps They Shouldn't With Mandate, Thousands More Take College Entrance Exam http://wrkf.org/post/mandate-thousands-more-take-college-entrance-exam <p>11,000 more students who graduated from Louisiana public high schools this year took the ACT, compared to the class of 2012.</p><p>About a third of those did well enough to enter college without having to take remedial courses and well enough to get TOPS tuition scholarships.</p><p>Sen. Conrad Appel, who supported a policy mandating the ACT, said Wednesday it will lead to opportunities for better employment and help break the cycle of poverty.</p><p>“3,600 kids in Louisiana for the first time recognize that the only obstacle to their success was in their own head," he said.</p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 22:01:37 +0000 Amy Jeffries 13509 at http://wrkf.org Career Diploma Given Short Shrift http://wrkf.org/post/career-diploma-given-short-shrift <p>Louisiana’s Department of Education is hosting a series of regional meetings this month to talk about simplifying the state’s high school diploma options.</p><p>The department is looking to put more emphasis on career training, after lawmakers’, employers’, and teachers’ repeated complaints that the state is too focused on sending kids on to college, instead of preparing them for real-world jobs.</p><p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 10:29:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 11410 at http://wrkf.org Career Diploma Given Short Shrift Committee Backs Delay of School Performance Score Changes http://wrkf.org/post/committee-backs-delay-school-performance-score-changes <p>Performance scores starting with the current school year are set to rely heavily on the ACT. Results from the college entrance exam would account for 25 percent of a public high school’s score.</p><p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 20:21:39 +0000 Amy Jeffries 9406 at http://wrkf.org