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Disadvantaged Students And Higher Education

Jul 5, 2019
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The SAT College Board has started using so-called “adversity scores,” which are designed to reflect a student’s socioeconomic status and create context for the test scores. 

The adversity score will consider environmental factors that influence a student’s home and school life, including crime rates and poverty levels.

Today on All Sides, how those scores could help higher education diversity its student body and, beyond the scores, how disadvantaged college students make the grade.

Disadvantaged Students And Higher Education

Jun 20, 2019

The SAT College Board has started using so-called “adversity scores,” which are designed to reflect a student’s socioeconomic status and create context for the test scores. 

The adversity score will consider environmental factors that influence a student’s home and school life, including crime rates and poverty levels.

Today on All Sides, how those scores could help higher education diversity its student body and, beyond the scores, how disadvantaged college students make the grade. 

The sunrise in rural central Michigan reveals a landscape of neatly divided cornfields crossed by ditches and wooded creeks. But few of the sleepy teenagers on the school bus from Maple Valley Junior-Senior High School likely noticed this scene on their hour drive to Grand Rapids.

They set out from their tiny school district of about 1,000 students, heading to the closest big city for a college recruiting fair. About 151 colleges and universities were waiting.

Columbus State Community College

Columbus State Community College won an award Tuesday from the organization Achieving the Dream for increasing student success and decreasing achievement gaps.

International student enrollment is flat at some to local colleges and universities because of stricter visa requirements. Instead of coming to the U.S., foreign students are looking to Canada, Great Britain and Australia, and that has local schools getting creative to get their numbers back up.

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Two students from Licking Heights High School in Pataskala were hospitalized Wednesday morning after school officials report “they ingested an unknown substance.”

Wright State University is preparing for a planned faculty strike January 22. University administration officials say the school will remain open even if faculty head to the picket line. 

News of the potential walkout is being met with confusion by some Wright State students returning to campus for the start of the new semester.

Crowdfunding Classrooms

Jul 18, 2018
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Teachers in Ohio often spend their own money to outfit classrooms. As costs rise and budgets shrink, many teachers have turned to online fundraising, or crowdfunding, attracting outside support for education.

The popular DonorsChoose.org crowdfunding website, for example, has raised funds for more than a million projects since 2000 and currently hosts more than 2,000 initiatives for Ohio alone. 

A new report from the Ohio Auditor's office, however, recommends school districts adopt policies that regulate the online fundraising.

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Federal law requires students with disabilities to spend as much time as possible in general education classrooms, but a study from Ohio State University has found that’s not happening in Ohio, or the rest of the country.

Our Take A Number series is exploring problems around the world through the lens of a single number.

Some high school students think of applying to colleges as a full-time job. There are essays and tests, loads of financial documents to assemble and calculations to make. After all that comes a big decision — one of the biggest of their young lives.

For top students who come from low-income families, the challenge is particularly difficult.

A classroom at Cleveland's John Hay High School.
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A new Stanford University analysis of state and national test scores shows more Ohio students pass state exams than similar nationwide tests, which researchers say means the state’s proficiency standards are too low.

When Ohio’s scores on the National Assessment of Education Progress, or NAEP, exam were released last month, they showed almost no academic growth for Ohio fourth and eighth graders, much like the rest of the country.

In fact, Florida was one of the only states to show progress, especially with low-income and black students.

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Tyvek homewrap flaps over the unfinished wooden beams of the Luxe Belle, as a sign proclaims "Now Leasing." Another sign entices the first 20 renters with free Taco Bell for a year, a tie-in with the fast-food chain that will occupy the mixed-use development’s first floor.

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More than 200 students left class at 10 a.m. on Friday and marched around the track at Upper Arlington HighSschool, as part of a national walkout demanding gun policy changes. 

Nick Evans, WOSU News

Students at about a dozen Central Ohio schools plan to stage another walkout on Friday morning, calling for gun reform and commemorating the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting.

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