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Dozens of teams to convene for New Mexico STEM Challenge

Dec. 7, 2019 9:23 AM EST

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — It's crunch time for dozens of student teams that will be testing their ability to use science, technology, engineering and math to solve real-world problems. Hundreds of people will convene Saturday in Los Alamos for the first New Mexico Governor's STEM Challenge. The 46 teams...

GOP budget writer picked as Indiana House speaker successor

Dec. 2, 2019 5:10 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republicans who control the Indiana House picked a key state budget negotiator on Monday as the next speaker. State Rep. Todd Huston, 47, of Fishers, won the private vote among GOP House members that was held 13 days after longtime House Speaker Brian Bosma announced he would retire...

U. of California leaders support dropping use of SAT, ACT

Nov. 23, 2019 4:07 PM EST

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Top leaders at the University of California say they support dropping the SAT and ACT exams from admission requirement. UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol T. Christ, along with the UC system’s chief academic officer, Provost Michael Brown, said Friday that research has convinced...

Test turnaround: Oostburg schools now among Wisconsin elite

Nov. 18, 2019 1:06 AM EST

OOSTBURG, Wis. (AP) — Kevin Bruggink knew something didn't add up. His small-town eastern Wisconsin school district had a reputation for talented teachers and strong community support. In his 12 years in Oostburg, he'd come to feel it was deserved. But they didn't have the test scores to show it. For five...

Authorities find malnourished girl after online teacher tip

Nov. 15, 2019 1:01 AM EST

A teacher administering an online test who heard an 11-year-old student say she was hungry and only allowed to eat a small plate of rice each day alerted investigators in Ohio that something was amiss. Authorities found the girl was severely malnourished, living in filth and had been isolated for years. The girl...

Ex-insurance exec gets 6 months in college admissions scam

Nov. 13, 2019 5:53 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A former California insurance executive was sentenced to six months in prison for paying $450,000 to get his son and daughter admitted to the University of Southern California as fake athletic recruits. Toby MacFarlane, 56, of Del Mar, California, was sentenced in Boston’s federal...

New Mexico picks new testing system for young students

Nov. 12, 2019 7:41 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has selected a new annual testing system to assess academic progress in grades three through eight at public schools across the state that takes up less time and can be tailored later to reflect New Mexico's cultural roots, the Public Education Department announced Tuesday....

Group criticizes delayed release of A-to-F grade for schools

Nov. 12, 2019 3:44 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A conservative education group on Tuesday criticized the Michigan Department of Education for not publishing A-to-F grades for public schools as required under a new state law, saying a six- to seven-month delay is unacceptable. The law that was enacted last December gave the agency a...

Brown University looks to enroll more veterans

Nov. 12, 2019 2:26 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Brown University has announced plans to double the number of veterans it enrolls by changing admissions policies, increasing financial support and bolstering recruitment. The Ivy League university in Providence, Rhode Island announced in a press release on Veterans Day that...

Study set on how ending history test to change school grades

Nov. 7, 2019 6:52 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's Board of Education voted Thursday for more study on how scrapping a required U.S. history test would affect school ratings. The board directed an internal task force to study whether it's possible to stop the test without changing scores used to assign A to F grades to...