Illinois 11th graders might take the ACT next year instead of the SAT

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Next year, Illinois high school juniors could take the ACT instead of the SAT as the federally-mandated state test. The Illinois State Board of Education has started the process of awarding a three-year, $53 million contract to ACT Inc.

The College Board’s contract to administer the SAT for 11th graders and PSAT for ninth and 10th graders is set to expire June 30. The state board is required by federal law to administer accountability assessments to high school students. State law says that the exam must be a nationally recognized college entrance exam like the SAT or ACT and must be awarded through a competitive procurement process. All Illinois public high school students must take a college entrance exam in order to receive their high school diploma.

The ACT would be administered in school buildings starting with the 2024-25 school year, but students will still be able to take the SAT if they want to pay for it.

Illinois’ plan to switch tests comes at a time when the SAT is going fully digital and will take two hours instead of three. (The ACT

Associations Urge Administration to Prioritize Mental Health Care for College Students

Over the summer, the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury proposed rules to amend current regulations for the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) of 2008, with a goal to better ensure that people seeking coverage for mental health and substance use disorder care can access treatment as easily as people seeking coverage for medical treatments.

The MHPAEA aims to ensure equal access to mental health and substance use disorder care by preventing private health insurance companies from imposing stricter requirements on these benefits compared to medical and surgical benefits. However, barriers to accessing mental health and substance use disorder care persist despite the law.

ACE and 18 other higher education groups sent a letter last week to the Department of Labor to educate and focus the regulators on the issue of college student mental health, which hasn’t received the same level of attention as youth mental health at the K- 12 levels.

“Students still have significant mental health needs after they leave high school and enroll in higher education, the group wrote. “This is a very transitional period of life for most traditional college-aged students: the first time living away from their families,

The biggest education stories of 2023 include ChatGPT, tutoring, and student absenteeism

Three years after the COVID pandemic began, schools across America are still finding their new normal.

School communities are desperately trying to reduce chronically absent students, struggling with how to spend federal COVID relief dollars, implementing new “science of reading” laws, and waffling on how ChatGPT should (or should not) be a part of classrooms.

Below are nine storylines from Chalkbeat reporters across the country that dove into those topics. What education stories mattered most to you this year? We would love to hear from you at [email protected].

AI is here to stay, so how will America’s schools respond? At the beginning of 2023, New York City opted to run far away, blocking access to the program and citing “negative impacts on student learning, and concerns regarding the safety and accuracy of content.” But a few months later, the city reversed course, with schools Chancellor David Banks proclaiming the city’s schools were “determined to embrace its potential.”

Now, just over a year after the tech group OpenAI introduced ChatGPT to the public, some students at New York City high schools report widespread use of AI-powered chatbots among their peers. The same patterns appear elsewhere. In one national survey from July,

Peers call for urgent overhaul of secondary education in England | Secondary schools

A major parliamentary report has called for an urgent overhaul of secondary education in England that would reverse many of the Conservatives’ key educational changes of the past decade.

The House of Lords report says the education system for 11- to 16-year-olds is too focused on academic learning and written exams, resulting in too much learning by rote and not enough opportunity for pupils to pursue creative and technical subjects.

Published on Tuesday, the report also calls for the English baccalaureate, introduced by then education secretary Michael Gove as a school performance measure to encourage the uptake of a narrow suite of academic subjects, to be scrapped.

The government’s ambition was that 90% of year 10 pupils should enter the English baccalaureate, or Ebacc, by 2025. However, the criticism has been that in pursuing such a limited range of subjects there has been a dramatic decline in other subjects. “Opportunities to experience more practical, applied forms of learning have become increasingly limited, even though many pupils enjoy, and excel in, this way of acquiring knowledge and skills,” the report says.

The report also challenges the government’s focus on a “knowledge-rich” approach, complaining it has resulted in a curriculum that is

Inside the plan to expand universal pre-K in Cambridge

Cambridge plans to offer free preschool to all 4-year-olds in the city starting in the fall of 2024, becoming one of only a few Massachusetts cities to guarantee free access to all eligible kids.

Children who turn 4 by Aug. 31, 2024 are eligible to apply starting this winter. The planned expansion will also reach a limited number of 3-year-olds.

The Cambridge Preschool Program builds beyond the current lottery system for 3- and 4-year-olds offered through the city’s public school system, Department of Human Services Programs, Head Start and community-based programs.

Currently, these programs serve over 700 Cambridge 3- and 4-year-olds. The expansion will increase that capacity to approximately 1,000 slots for 4-year-olds and up to 300 slots for 3-year-olds who meet specific eligibility requirements.

The new universal pre-K program will expand seat capacity by using private child care centers and in-home family child care providers as well as public schools, according to Lisa Grant, the director of the Cambridge Office of Early Childhood.

“It’s about aligning programs and systems within our community within one umbrella — making it more equitably accessible to families,” she said.

Participating centers will be required to use a pre-approved curriculum, such as Montessori, creative

Antisemitism definition used by UK universities leading to ‘unreasonable’ accusations | Universities

An antisemitism definition adopted by most UK universities has come under fire in a report, which ​says it has led to 40 cases being brought against students, academics, unions, and societies – 38 of whom have been cleared.

The remaining two cases have yet to conclude, meaning that none of the allegations – all based on the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition – have been substantiated, according to the analysis by the European Legal Support Center (ELSC) and the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (Brismes).

The IHRA definition has been adopted by a majority of universities, with the former education secretary Gavin Williamson in 2020 threatening them with funding cuts if they fail to do so. But critics have said the definition, which has no legal effect in the UK and includes 11 illustrative examples – seven of which relate to Israel – stifles criticism of Israel and has a chilling effect on free speech.

The report, published on Wednesday, echoes criticisms previously voiced by the leading lawyers Hugh Tomlinson KC and Geoffrey Robertson KC, and the retired lord justices of appeal Sir Stephen Sedley and Sir Anthony Hooper.

Neve Gordon, the chair of Brismes’s committee on academic

Class Gift Adds Color and Meaning to Medical Education Building’s Walls

According to Albert Einstein, “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.” This connection might explain why some of history’s most notable scientists also produced notable art. Da Vinci, Pasteur, and Audubon, for example, were all just as comfortable in a painting studio as they were a laboratory.

UNLV junior Rose Jiang has spent her academic career immersed in the worlds of painting and biology, so her interest was piqued when she heard about the open call for art proposals for the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV Class of 2023 class gift.

UNLV student Rose Jiang, created digital work titled, Primum Non Nocereas the gift given by the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine’s class of 2023.

“I hadn’t been doing much art for a while,” Jiang says, “but when I saw the opportunity to do this piece of art for the medical school, I wanted to try because I had a background in both science and art. ”

Jiang, who has called Vegas home since she was five years old, attended Las Vegas Academy of the Arts – where her concentration was 2-D art –

Education secretary visits LycoCTC | Local News

HUGHESVILLE — Dr. Khalid Mumin, the Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, recently paid a visit to the Lycoming Career and Technology Center (LycoCTC) in a tour led by Executive Director Nate Minium.

The visit, which was one of several schools within Lycoming County, aimed to highlight the impactful programs offered at the center and underscore the importance of vocational education in preparing students for diverse career paths.

Where It Stands, and Why It Matters – State of the Planet

young people hold sign that says 'you will die of old age, we will die of climate change'
Photo: Roy

Young people across the globe are concerned about climate change. A Lancet study surveying 10,000 young people ages 16 to 25 in 10 countries found that more than half felt sadness, anxiety, anger, and guilt about climate change. They are seeing the impacts of a warming planet in the news and in their own communities, but many feel helpless and powerless. The young want solutions—they want to know what they can do about climate change.

In 2021, at COP26 in Glasgow, the ministers of education and environment committed to including climate change education in all educational institutions, recognizing “the large remaining gaps in providing everyone with knowledge, skills, values and attitudes needed to effectively participate in the transition towards climate positive societies.” However, the same year, a UNESCO study of almost 50 countries revealed that less than half made any mention of climate change in their educational policies. Moreover, only 21 percent of the new or updated plans submitted by 95 countries as their Paris Agreement goals mentioned climate change education; none of them presented it as a climate strategy.

“The time is now to include climate education as a key climate risk mitigation strategy — along with

Addressing the hippo in the room – student mental health – Daily News

The Professor Hippo-on-Campus Mental Health Education Program is giving McMaster community members the tools to recognize and support students in distress

A unique program at McMaster is giving staff and faculty the tools to support the mental health of students.

The Professor Hippo-on-Campus Mental Health Education Program is designed to respond to the ever-growing demand for mental health resources to benefit post-secondary students and for training specific to the post-secondary environment.

The program — which is free and open to all McMaster staff and faculty, including student staff — teaches participants to identify, communicate with and support distressed students. It also helps spread awareness about the mental health services available on campus, and how participants can help students navigate them.

“Professor Hippo-on-Campus recognizes that faculty and staff, while not expected to be mental health experts or counselors, are often ideally situated to recognize and respond to stressed and distressed students and to start important conversations,” says Dr. Catharine Munn, a psychiatrist and the creator and lead of the program.

Professor Hippo-on-Campus, which is offered through the McMaster Okanagan Office of Health & Well-being and supported by the