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.
June 19, 2015 |
THE CONTROVERSIAL parcel of land for which the Nutter administration wants to pay more than $7.2 million was once the site of a scrap-metal firm that dismantled a ship exposed to atomic-bomb tests in the Marshall Islands after World War II, the Daily News has learned. The USS Niagara, a wartime naval-transport ship, in July 1946 became a "target ship" in Operation Crossroads, in which the U.S. conducted atomic-bomb tests "using nuclear devices very similar to the one dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, in August 1945," according to a document obtained from the U.S. Defense Department's Defense Threat Reduction Agency.
June 10, 2015 |
AFTER SHE WAS tased, covered with a hood, abducted and thrown into a burgundy van in a Center City parking garage, a Jewelers Row employee was beaten during a torturous 2 1/2-hour ride in which one of her three attackers sat on her, federal authorities said yesterday. A "very heavy" man sat on the 53-year-old employee of National Watch and Diamond Exchange, said Special Agent Sarah O'Reilly of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, who interviewed the victim. "Most of the time, when he was not beating on her, he was sitting on her," as the woman screamed from the pain of the beatings and from his heft, O'Reilly said.
January 10, 2015 |
Cabrini College will join a growing number of schools that have made standardized test scores optional for admission, and at the same time will freeze the cost of going there, officials announced Thursday. Tuition for full-time undergraduate students will remain at $28,932 for 2015-16 and fees at $910, maintaining a promise the college had made to keep tuition and fees under $30,000 until May of this year. Total costs, including room and board, will be $41,868 at the Catholic college in Radnor, which enrolls 1,360 undergraduate students and about 1,000 graduate students.