Originally published on Thu February 20, 2014 11:35 am
The University of Maryland said one of its databases was the "victim of a sophisticated computer security attack" that exposed the personal information of more than 300,000 faculty, staff, students and others who were issued an ID at their College Park and Shady Grove campuses.
"I am truly sorry," Wallace D. Loh, the university president said in a statement. "Computer and data security are a very high priority of our University."
Oklahoma State University says its new Mathematics Learning Success Center is helping math students succeed at record rates.
The center opened in April, and since the fall semester students enrolled in lower-level math succeeded at a rate of 75 percent or higher.
The amount of calculus tutoring has more than doubled. Business calculus students set a record with a success rate of more than 85 percent, and calculus I students succeeded at a rate of 70 percent, surpassing the national average by 10 to 20 percent.
Standardized tests are an important consideration for admissions at many colleges and universities. But one new study shows that high school performance, not standardized test scores, is a better predictor of how students do in college.
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The campus of Washington State University, Spokane. WSU, which has its main campus in Pullman, Wash., is one of 800 colleges and universities that have "test-optional" admissions policies.
With spring fast approaching, many American high school seniors are now waiting anxiously to hear whether they got into the college or university of their choice. For many students, their scores on the SAT or the ACT will play a big role in where they get in.
That's because those standardized tests remain a central part in determining which students get accepted at many schools. But a first-of-its-kind study obtained by NPR raises questions about whether those tests are becoming obsolete.
The chairman of the Senate Education Committee says he's committed to a set of education standards in math and English known as common core, despite a protest by hundreds of people who packed into his committee room urging a repeal.
Holding signs that read "Hear the Bill," several dozen opponents of the new standards packed into a Senate meeting room on Monday and urged Republican Sen. John Ford of Bartlesville to schedule a hearing on a bill to repeal them.
Two bills to increase teacher pay have sailed through a House committee, although a projected shortage of revenue this year makes it's unlikely the measures will ever reach the governor's desk.
With educators from across the state packed into a committee room on Monday, a House budget panel unanimously approved the bills. They next will be scheduled for consideration by the full House Appropriations and Budget Committee.
Staying with the topic of computers and schools, NPR's Claudio Sanchez reports on a recent survey that found parents may have reason to worry about how schools are protecting student's personal data.
CLAUDIO SANCHEZ, BYLINE: The survey was conducted by Common Sense Media, which focuses on kids and media issues. Its key finding: Six in 10 parents don't know that schools let private companies store personal data about their children, their grades, their disciplinary behavior, their health records, even what they eat in the cafeteria.
Jean Leising admits she's no expert on brain development, but she still hopes to do something about the way kids learn.
Leising serves in the Indiana state Senate. Last month, she convinced her Senate colleagues to pass a bill that would restore instruction of cursive writing to the state's educational standards — the set of skills and knowledge kids are expected to master in each grade level.
Even in the email age, teaching cursive might be a great thing. But when legislatures impose mandates on instruction, professional educators get nervous.
A recent Newsweek investigation found that at many colleges and universities, being open about a mental health disorder can mean getting kicked out of school. Newsweek reporter Katie J.M. Baker speaks with NPR's Rachel Martin about the story.