I’m  discouraged when articles like this come out  that declare that many First Generation students are academically underprepared, only to read that the study was done by the creators of the ACT test and the only measure used was ACT scores, not actual academic performance in college.

There’s intriguing evidence that the ACT offers only “trivial” value for predicting success in college.

So Kudos to the commenter who speaks as a former first generation student and now as their advocate who speaks of actual performance in college and supports that make a difference rather than simplifying potential for the complex work of navigating college to a single test score.

  • On the lengths that some parents will go for advantages in their children’s education. Yes, the main question is why there aren’t high quality options for all children, but when parents are investing this much time on navigating the system (through exchanging information through their personal networks) on getting placements for their own children rather than improving the system, I’m not sure how we get to equity for all.

    tags: socialclass

  • “In its latest report on the Pell Grant program, the Education Department said nearly three quarters of the 8.6 million students who received the federal grant to attend college last year reported having no savings or other cash on hand. That compares to 60 percent of federal grant recipients five years earlier.”

    tags: socialclass

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  • A comprehensive and disturbing report on deeply inequitable funding for public education.

    “State governments have failed to adequately and equitably
    resource schools. And yet, too often, the burden
    and the blame for educational outcomes has fallen on
    students, their families and teachers. But as this report
    shows, states are perpetuating a system that doesn’t provide
    enough resources to ensure that students (and their
    teachers) can succeed.”

    tags: socialclass

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  • I’m reading this book now and it’s a compelling response to those who still argue that the world is waiting with open arms for poor and working class kids, once they get their test scores up. The author has had unique access to the inner world of hiring at top firms, and recruiting at elite universities and anyone concerned with equity for those not already in the inner circle will learn a lot from it.

    tags: socialclass

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Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

  • Wealthy colleges growing wealthier so that the most wealthy students have access to much more resources than lower income students attending under-resourced colleges and universities.

    ““It’s entirely reasonable to ask whether federal subsidies should flow — actively in the form of student aid, and in terms of tax benefits as well — to places that are so flush,” said Andrew Kelly, director of the American Enterprise Institute Center on Higher Education Reform. “Federal subsidies should help people attend college that wouldn’t attend otherwise.””
    “We are spending the most money as a society educating the wealthiest people”. Elite colleges, few poor kids . https://t.co/MbfK1moZqo

    tags: socialclass

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Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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