March 7, 2016 |
Inside Abington Senior High School on Saturday, anxious students joined thousands across Pennsylvania and New Jersey in sitting for the new SAT - the exam's first major overhaul in over a decade. As if high school juniors and seniors don't have enough on their restless minds, preparing to take the heavily redesigned test added a level of uncertainty. With its release finally here, students can now grade the new test. Sean Welch, 16, a junior who took the SAT at Cheltenham High School, said the math section was challenging, but he gave the new exam high marks for matching his schoolwork.
March 7, 2016
THE BIG DAY has arrived: Saturday, March 5, the debut of the College Board's new SAT. As college-bound juniors gnashed their teeth last week and sharpened their No. 2 pencils in preparation, staff writer Steve Bohnel talked with 26-year-old entrepreneur Shaan Patel, who leveraged his own perfect 2400 score on the old SAT into a Shark Tank -funded test-prep business that recently opened a branch in King of Prussia. In addition to building his 2400 Expert SAT Prep business - now with a $250,000 investment from TV "shark" and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban - Patel is a medical student at the University of Southern California and MBA candidate at Yale.
February 10, 2016 |
The University of Delaware will allow instate applicants to choose not to submit SAT or ACT scores, becoming the latest school to decide that requiring high test scores may deter otherwise excellent students. The university faculty senate Monday approved a four-year pilot program for students beginning in fall 2017. Applicants can still submit test scores for consideration, and all students will be required to submit test scores after they are accepted so the university can evaluate the effectiveness of the pilot program.
February 1, 2016 |
Last year Yaseena Ali, now a 16-year-old junior at Upper Merion High School, invested precious weekend hours in a time-honored ritual for the college-bound youth of America: studying flash cards of abstruse vocabulary words - such as abstruse . The hard work helped her ace the PSAT, widely considered a practice round of the college-entrance exam. But now as Ali prepares for her all-important SAT in early March, those flash cards are in storage. In the first overhaul of the nation's best-known college entrance exam in more than a decade, the revamped SAT - Scholastic Aptitude Test - that debuts March 5 will make dramatic changes in how the test is given and scored.
January 7, 2016
By Donna R. Cooper As Mayor Kenney takes the reins and Gov. Wolf turns the corner on his first year in office, an opportunity to make a serious impact on the commonwealth's largest city lies in Philadelphia's neighborhood high schools. Here's why: More than half the city's public school students prepare for their futures in our neighborhood high schools, where potential is going untapped year after year. How so? Last year, only 64 percent of neighborhood high school students graduated, compared with 95 percent of magnet school students and 89 percent in citywide-admissions schools.
September 3, 2015 |
Essays will get less emphasis in the admissions process at two of the region's elite schools, Swarthmore College and the University of Pennsylvania. Swarthmore announced Tuesday that it would not consider the essay section of the soon-to-be redesigned SAT, nor the essay on its counterpart, the ACT. It will, however, continue to require students to submit an essay on "Why Swarthmore" with their applications. The College Board, owner of the SAT, announced more than a year ago that the essay portion would become optional when the redesigned SAT is introduced in early 2016.
August 5, 2015 |
DeMarco Murray practiced without issue on Monday, which would not be so noteworthy if he had done the same on Sunday. But Murray did not participate in team drills on the first day of Eagles training camp, and the prized free-agent signing did not have an explanation for his conspicuous absence. Murray, the defending NFL rushing champion with the Dallas Cowboys, said that his lack of participation was a coach's decision. He added that he was not injured. "You're always upset when you don't get the chance to go out there and compete and take the pressure off the other guys," Murray said.
July 3, 2015 |
In 2010, John Erlenbach walked away from a job at Acme Markets, where he had worked in every area from produce to shelf stocking for 20 years since leaving the Navy. "I wasn't well," Erlenbach, 61, said. He struggled with depression, couldn't hold a job or keep an apartment, grew apart from his five kids, and was homeless for years - sleeping on couches, the street, or in shelters in Salem and Camden Counties. On Wednesday, Erlenbach stood in front of his one-bedroom townhouse at Riverfront Village in Pennsauken, a 75-unit affordable-housing complex for working families earning less than 60 percent of the area's median household income, as well as five previously homeless veterans.
July 2, 2015 |
After Alexa Middleton finished taking the SAT on June 6, she flopped onto her parents' bed: "I'm done. I did it. " She would tell her mother later, "I don't want to take that test ever again. " But the 17-year-old rising senior at Abington Friends School in Jenkintown would get an awful surprise a few days later. Because of a printing error, the College Board, which owns the SAT, announced that it would not score two sections of the test - one in reading, one in math - given to 487,000 students in the United States on that Saturday.
June 19, 2015 |
COULD "JURASSIC World" become a reality some day? According to Jack Horner - the world's most renowned paleontologist and a consultant on "Jurassic World" - the answer is yes. "I think one day in the not too distant future, we're going to have the ability to create any animal we want," Horner said. "That includes dinosaurs and even - though it may sound silly - unicorns. " Although Sam Neill's original "Jurassic Park" paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant was based on Horner, he feels it is more of an honor and more important that Steven Spielberg chose him to give the film some scientific plausibility, rather than take the easy way out and do a movie that was science fantasy.