Testing and US News high school rankings: The week's most-read education news
This week, Education Dive took a look at the prevalence of testing in K-12 and a growing federal focus on reexamining the use of exams in schools. Also in K-12, US News and World Report issued its 2016 Best High Schools rankings, topped for the fifth consecutive year by the School for Talented and Gifted in Dallas, TX.
Meanwhile in higher ed, is supply outpacing demand in online programs? We analyzed a recent episode of the "Higher Ed Live" podcast, which raised the question around online MBA programs and challenges in marketing them. As it turns out, competency-based education is reportedly facing similar questions.
Be sure to check out our look at boosting women in STEM majors and more in this week's most-read Education Dive posts!
- Why testing prevails in K-12 education: Educators say mandatory assessments put a strain on learning, but proponents say they are a necessary metric for evaluating progress.
- Supply is up in online ed but demand is down — now what?: Colleges and universities must adapt to a new business model when it comes to marketing their programs to prospective students, recognizing the realities of demand.
- US News unveils 2016 Best High Schools rankings: The School for Talented and Gifted in Dallas, TX, tops the rankings for a fifth consecutive year.
- Recruitment, support necessary to boost women in STEM majors: North Carolina State University's industrial and systems engineering department has been successful at recruiting more women into the major by tailoring its outreach.
- Is demand high enough for CBE expansion?: Hundreds of colleges are developing competency-based programs despite slow growth so far, but new tech may help them take off.
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