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No Mandatory Essay: SAT Overhauling Test

Top score returns to 1,600 in 2 years

(Newser) - Big changes are coming for the SAT in two years, reports the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal . Some of the major ones announced by the College Board:
  • Essay optional: The mandatory essay introduced in 2005 will be eliminated. Among other things, critics say students couldn't knock out anything
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Satellite Built by Teens Blasts Into Space

High school students in Virginia make history

(Newser) - A rocket blasted into space last night with what Space.com calls a record 29 satellites, but one of them in particular is making headlines for all the right reasons: It's the first satellite designed and built by high school students, reports NPR . Teens at Thomas Jefferson High School... More »

Schools Hand Out iPads; Kids Hack Them in a Week

Los Angeles district is reassessing its policy

(Newser) - Los Angeles school officials began rolling out their ambitious plan to equip every kid in the district with an iPad last week, but they've quickly run into a problem—the kids are pretty computer savvy. It seems that the first high school students who brought the iPads home easily... More »

New High School Grad: Mark Wahlberg, 42

Took him almost a year, but he got his diploma

(Newser) - At 42, Mark Wahlberg is a new high school graduate, the actor revealed yesterday. He originally dropped out in the ninth grade, Wahlberg writes in the Huffington Post . "My circumstances were not unlike millions of other teens today, who live in tough working class neighborhoods surrounded by drugs, violence,... More »

Teen Stabbed to Death, 3 Hurt in Texas School Fight

It may have been a knife fight

(Newser) - A 17-year-old student was stabbed to death and three others injured during a fight at a Texas high school today. Three "persons of interest" are in custody, KHOU reports. All of the victims are students. One 16-year-old was airlifted to a nearby hospital in critical condition, though his parents... More »

ACT: 1 in 3 Students Not Ready for College

A third miss benchmark in all 4 of test's categories

(Newser) - The company that conducts the annual ACT tests for high school seniors has some pretty bleak numbers about this year's results. The big one is that 31% missed the minimum benchmark in all four of the test's categories: English, science, math, and reading, reports the AP . Theoretically, that... More »

Teen Builds Nuclear Reactor, Booted From Science Fair

... on a technicality

(Newser) - Wyoming's Conrad Farnsworth has done something maybe 60 people around the world have managed to do: achieve nuclear fusion. Which is to say, he built a nuclear reactor in his father's garage, reports the Casper Star-Tribune . Not bad for a high school student, though his feat is actually... More »

Oklahoma Student Nabbed in School-Shooting Plot

Sammie Chavez tried to recruit students in cafeteria: cops

(Newser) - The morning of one school shooting, another may have been averted: Police arrested a teenager in northern Oklahoma yesterday for allegedly planning a Columbine-style attack on his high school. Authorities say 18-year-old Sammie Chavez tried to recruit students at Bartlesville High School's cafeteria this week for the massive gun-and-bomb... More »

Teacher Arrested for Firing Blanks at Students

Shop teacher lined 12 students up, pulled out handgun

(Newser) - A high school teacher in Virginia has been arrested for what appears to have been a bizarre attempt to get his class to pay attention. Police say Manuel Dillow, 60, lined up a dozen students from his welding class in front of a garage door, pulled a handgun from his... More »

Teacher Bias Hurts Girls in Math

University of Texas study: Teachers give girls unfair ratings

(Newser) - White girls can't add? According to a national survey, high school teachers rate the math skills of white girls as being lower than those of white boys, even when their test scores are comparable, LiveScience reports. Calling the bias "relatively small in magnitude," two researchers at the... More »

Arkansas Supreme Court: Teacher-Student Sex OK If...

...said student is 18

(Newser) - Arkansas 18-year-olds can now freely engage in sex with their teachers. The state's Supreme Court yesterday struck down the state's law banning sexual contact between teachers and students, finding that people 18 or older have a constitutional right to engage in a consensual sexual relationship. The court sided... More »

Teacher Accused of Firing Golf Balls, Rocks at Kids

Scottish students allege 15 charges of violence

(Newser) - Former students say he lined them up against a wall and fired golf balls at them. And then rocks. And tossed them in rivers. James McMenemy, a former teacher at the Kerelaw school for troubled kids in Scotland, is facing 15 charges of violence against students in a competency hearing,... More »

7 Busted for SAT Scam

High school students paid up to $2.5k for graduate to sit exam

(Newser) - Seven teens have been arrested in an SAT-cheating ring at a prestigious Long Island high school. Sam Eshaghoff, 19, took the exam for at least six other students, charging up to $2,500 for each one, prosecutors told the Los Angeles Times . The six Great Neck North students have been... More »

Judge Blocks Missouri's Teacher-Kid Facebook Law

Law would have 'chilling' effect

(Newser) - A Missouri judge has blocked a law from taking effect Sunday that would have prohibited teachers from using social networking sites such as Facebook to carry on private conversations with students. Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem issued a preliminary injunction against the law today while declaring that it "... More »

Florida Leads Way in Education Equality

State has narrowed gap between rich and poor students: ProPublica

(Newser) - Jeb Bush has made a name for himself for education reform in Florida , and a first-of-its kind analysis by ProPublica suggests he's not just blowing smoke by at least one important measure. Florida now has the highest percentage of high school students in advanced classes and, crucially, "that... More »

School Robocalls Late Kids at 6:30am

Sleepy and cranky?! It's time to rise and shine!

(Newser) - As if having to get up in the morning, five mornings a week, wasn't burdensome enough on the teenage soul, it just got worse. One Iowa high school is upping the annoying ante, notes Sam Biddle at Gizmodo, by introducing automated wakeup calls. Chronically late kids will get a... More »

Prom Cut Short Over Bad Pot Brownies

Four students got kind of a harsh buzz

(Newser) - The pot brownies that got passed around at a Massachusetts high school's junior prom did not agree with everyone. Four students got "violently ill" at the event last week, WCVB Boston reports, causing the dance to be cut short. Police don't know exactly how the students got their hands... More »

Student Ranks Female Classmates, Posts Online

Chicago teen faces expulsion after derogatory rankings

(Newser) - A classy young man at a high school in suburban Chicago faces expulsion after publicly ranking the looks and sexual promiscuity of the girls in his school in great detail and, of course, posting it on Facebook. After that, he printed out the list and distributed it in fliers around... More »

YouTube Stunt? Student Injured When Pen Explodes

Fellow student has been arrested

(Newser) - Classes resumed at an alternative school in North Carolina today after an explosives scare yesterday. A student took the cap off his pen and got the shock of his life when it exploded, sending fragments of the pen into his arm and chest and burning his hand. His injuries are... More »

3 Teachers Fired for Flirting With Students on Facebook

One even posted a picture of herself kissing teen boy

(Newser) - Bad idea: Kissing your 18-year-old former student on the lips. Worse idea: Taking a picture of it. Totally insane idea: Posting that picture to Facebook. It’s just one of the crazy stories coming out of New York City, where at least three educators in the past six months have... More »

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