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UC slams the door on standardized admissions tests, nixing any SAT alternative

The University of California has slammed the door shut on using any standardized test for admissions decisions, announcing that faculty could find no alternative exam that would avoid the biased results that led leaders to scrap the SAT last year.

November 18, 2021 | Los Angeles Times
Faced with soaring Ds and Fs, schools are ditching the old way of grading

There is a growing trend in which educators are moving away from traditional point-driven grading systems, aiming to close large academic gaps among racial, ethnic and economic groups.

November 8, 2021 | Los Angeles Times
Why friendship is hard for many teens right now

After spending most of their time at home for a year and a half, many kids simply don’t know how to act around their peers. Antisocial behavior has manifested in various ways. Some feel so anxious, so alone, that they barely come to campus.

October 25, 2021 | Los Angeles Times
More California colleges remove SAT, ACT requirements during application process

Nearly 130 colleges and universities in California do not require students applying for the fall 2022 semester to release their ACT or SAT scores, according to updated data from the National Center for Fair & Open Testing.

October 12, 2021 | Los Angeles Times
Op-Ed: Here’s everything I missed as a COVID-era student. Will any of it ever come back?

Sidhi Dhanda, a rising sophomore at Hopkinton High School in Hopkinton, MA, shares what it's like to navigate high school during COVID-19.

August 30, 2021 | Los Angeles Times
California has the largest drop in spring college enrollment numbers in the nation

California leads the nation with the largest drop in spring 2021 college enrollment numbers largely due to a steep decline in community college students, who have particularly struggled with pandemic hardships, according to a new report.

June 10, 2021 | Los Angeles Times
Black students in 14 L.A. County school districts face serious equity barriers, study finds

Black students in Los Angeles County continue to face a multitude of barriers to an equitable education, including concentrated poverty, high suspension rates and housing insecurity, a UCLA report released Wednesday found.

April 14, 2021 | Los Angeles Times
Half of California bachelor’s degrees are awarded by Cal State, report says

The California State University, the largest four-year university system in the nation, is showing off the scale of its impact: More than 100,000 job-ready graduates every year, $27 billion of economic activity stimulated annually, and a seven-fold return on every dollar that the state invests.

April 1, 2021 | Los Angeles Times