Admissions Inequalities & Universal Screening


November 3, 2017 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Articles explain how socioeconomic status creates disadvantages for students beginning before kindergarten and through college admissions and beyond.

High-achieving high school seniors should apply now to our College Scholarship Program, which provides up to $40,000 per year, along with opportunities for internships, study abroad, and graduate school funding. Deadline: November 14, 2017.


Elementary & Secondary Education:

  • “The kindergarten-readiness gap between low-income and high-income students has not closed in a generation,” states The Hechinger Report.
  • An editorial in the New York Daily News calls for universal screening for gifted education. Florida’s Pinellas County school district has used this method to successfully identify underrepresented students for its gifted education classes, reports the Tampa Bay Times.


Higher Education:

  • Inequalities within the college admissions process are examined in The New York Times: “Some of the nation’s most selective institutions enroll more students from the top 1 percent of the income ladder than from the bottom 60 percent. Is that simply because of lack of preparation in the K-12 system? Flaws within the selection process? Or is it evidence, as Dr. [Shaun] Harper suggests, of a systemic lack of will to change those numbers?”
  • Vox introduces “College Scholarship Tycoon” – a simulation which challenges readers to improve their institution’s ranking without rejecting low-income students.


Cooke Foundation Highlights:

  • Some colleges and universities provide stipends for their students to be able to afford the career preparation of unpaid internships. The New York Times mentions the Cooke Foundation’s funding of such a program at Amherst College.
  • “Many students at colleges and universities across the nation aren’t just hungry for knowledge,” writes Cooke Scholar An Garagiola-Bernier in Fox News. “They’re hungry for food. And they need help.”
  • Cooke Scholar Isabelle Riddle is featured in a College Board blog post.


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