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Cooke Chronicle: Dec. 23, 2016

Posted by Amber Styles on Dec 23, 2016 11:27:36 AM

Dec. 23, 2016 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Education research provides strategies for socioeconomic equity in the K-12 years, and higher ed experts call for continued improvements to admissions and financial aid.

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Topics: Scholar News, low income, research, college admissions, JKCF in the News

New Report Calls for An Admissions Preference for Low-Income Students

Posted by Amber Styles on Jan 11, 2016 9:39:28 AM

Cooke Foundation Report: Top Colleges Should Create Admissions Preference to Help Low-Income Students Overcome Barriers

LANSDOWNE, Va. – America's top colleges and universities should institute an admissions preference for low-income students because such students – even when they are high-achievers academically – now face unjustified barriers and make up a mere 3 percent of enrollment at the elite schools, according to a landmark report issued today by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.

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Topics: low income, research, college admissions, True Merit

U.S. News and World Report: Excellence Gap Hurts National Security

Posted by Christine Florence on Jun 5, 2015 2:49:00 PM

Lack of STEM Students Is Bad for National Security

As students make their decisions about which colleges to attend and contemplate their eventual majors and careers, it may come as a surprise that their decisions are fundamental to our national security.

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Topics: Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, research, STEM, JKCF in the News

JKCF Examines Nevada's Excellence Gap in the Las Vegas Review-Journal

Posted by Elizabeth Davidson on May 20, 2015 2:58:00 PM


While the Nevada Legislature has been grabbing headlines in recent weeks with a series of education reform bills, you might have missed the “report card” released by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation revealing how Nevada schools are woefully neglecting gifted students from low-income backgrounds.

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Topics: Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, research, excellence gap, JKCF in the News

Duluth News Tribune: JKCF Discusses the Excellence Gap in Minnesota

Posted by Elizabeth Davidson on May 19, 2015 4:50:18 PM

A View on Higher Education: Despite narrowing achievement gap, states overlook top talent

The most recent results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress were very encouraging overall for Minnesota students, their parents and their teachers. The state had some of the best scores in the nation, and the difference between rich and poor students scoring in the “basic” or “proficient” ranges has narrowed. That’s certainly good news.

But while the achievement gap is slowly closing, another gap actually is widening.

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Topics: research, excellence gap, JKCF in the News

Op-ed: Baltimore Sun Urges MD to Support Top Students with Need

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Apr 24, 2015 11:30:54 AM

Mandate gifted programs

By Lisette Morris, Harold Levy
April 23,2015
The Baltimore Sun

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Topics: research, JKCF in the News

Watch: JKCF Director of Research on Wall Street Journal

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Apr 1, 2015 10:51:44 AM

Yesterday the Wall Street Journal interviewed Cooke Foundation Director of Research Jennifer Giancola about newly released Excellence Gap research. Equal Talents, Unequal Opportunities: A Report Card on State Support for Academically Talented Low-Income Students finds that state policies nationwide fail effectively to support students who have the potential to reach high levels of academic performance, particularly students from low-income backgrounds. Not one state receive an A in this report.

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Topics: Video, research, excellence gap

New Report from Cooke Foundation Finds State Policies Fail Bright, Low-Income Students

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Mar 31, 2015 1:42:12 PM

LANSDOWNE, VA – State policies nationwide fail effectively to support students who have the potential to reach high levels of academic performance, particularly students from low-income backgrounds, finds a new report from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. Equal Talents, Unequal Opportunities: A Report Card on State Support for Academically Talented Low-Income Students grades states on 18 simple indicators representing nine distinct state-level policies and nine specific measures of student outcomes. Not one state receives an A.

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Topics: Media Release, research, excellence gap

Harold Levy to Speak at SXSWedu Education Expo

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Mar 10, 2015 1:48:00 PM

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Executive Director Harold O. Levy will speak at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Education Expo this afternoon in Austin, Texas. Mr. Levy will give his presentation today at 3:20 p.m. (CT) alongside other leaders discussing achievement gaps and educational equality.

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Topics: research, excellence gap, education news

JKCF Convenes First-of-Its-Kind Summit to Close the Excellence Gap

Posted by Elizabeth Davidson on Feb 3, 2015 3:13:00 PM

LANSDOWNE, VA – The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, which offers the largest scholarships in the country to exceptionally promising students who have financial need, is convening a two-day summit of national school leaders and experts in order to strategize about how schools and others can bridge the “achievement” or “excellence gap”—i.e., the troubling disparity in academic performance between lower income and higher income students.

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Topics: low income, high achieving, research, excellence gap

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