Your Thursday Admissions Briefing: May 24, 2018

May 24, 2018

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New ACT Rules on Those With Disabilities
ACT on Monday announced new rules on the time provided for some with disabilities related to learning to take the ACT exam. Going forward, there will be a specific period of extra time for those with diagnosed disabilities. On the 45 minute English exam, those with disabilities could have 70 minutes. Each section of the test will have a limit and a hard stop and a specified 15-minute break before going to the next section. This differs from the current system, in which students with disabilities can have up to five hours to take the entire test, with no limits on the time to be spent on any individual section.



Is STEM Oversold as a Path to Better Jobs?
In report after report, government panels, business groups, and educators have sounded the alarm about the state of training in science, technology, engineering, and math. STEM, they conclude, serves as a gateway to higher-paying jobs and is an important linchpin to a growing economy, and therefore, K-12 education in those fields must be improved.



Congress, pass the PROSPER Act for federal student aid reform
It has been 53 years since President Lyndon Johnson signed the Higher Education Act into law, and 10 years since it was reauthorized, under President Obama. Over the years, the law - which touches nearly every aspect of higher education - has turned into a special interest bonanza. It shields traditional colleges from marketplace competition, weaves a labyrinthine web of student aid options, packs on the pork, and in the last administration served as a pretext for the Department of Education to invent politically charged regulations.



Summer is fast-approaching, which means our next #NACACreads chat is just around the corner. On June 11, we’ll discuss Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? The chat kicks off at 9 p.m. (ET).



Calculus, Statistics, and the Future of High School Math
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