Advanced Students & Early Decisions


April 13, 2018 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Policy wonks interpret the Nation’s Report Card, and student hunger and challenges for first-generation college students are discussed in higher ed.

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Elementary & Secondary Education:

  • The latest results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) were released this week. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that “more students reached that most rarified of NAEP levels – advanced — in 2017 than in 2007 in both grades, both subjects, and every subgroup.” However, as Education Week noted: “Achievement gaps remained stubbornly wide for particular student groups,” including students in poverty.
  • The Education Trust discusses the importance of ensuring “extraordinary school leaders” across the nation.


Higher Education:

  • In light of a Department of Justice investigation into information sharing among college admission offices, The Atlantic examines early decision admissions and perceptions of fairness.
  • A new study from the National Center for Education Statistics reveals obstacles to college success often encountered by first-generation students. Third Way provides a summary of the findings.
  • “Students – particularly those coming from low-income families – are going hungry, and researchers say it’s largely because the price to earn a degree has become so steep,” states The Texas Tribune.


Cooke Foundation Highlights:

  • The foundation announces the 47 community college students who are recipients of the 2018 Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. Each new Cooke Scholar will receive up to $40,000 annually to complete their bachelor’s degree, along with comprehensive educational advising and opportunities for internships, study abroad, and graduate school funding.
  • In Hotty Toddy, read about the engaging AP courses that the Mississippi Public School Consortium for Educational Access is providing for high-achieving, rural students. The Cooke Foundation has committed $200,000 in grants to the Consortium as part of our Rural Talent Initiative.
  • The latest USACollegeChat podcast shares findings from our “True Merit” report, and encourage high-achieving students with financial need on how to choose a college from their admissions offers.


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