New studies indicate there is backlash to praise of student achievement and intellect. The old philosophy was that high praise equaled high achievement. The reason–if students felt confident, they would be more able to learn and compete. Unfortunately, although this approach has been practiced for decade, we are not seeing much academic growth. In 2006 the Brown Center on Education Policy Report revealed U.S eighth graders did only middling well on their math scores compared to their counterparts around the world but had high confidence in their mathematical ability. The question arose, why would these children work harder to improve their skills?
Read the article for more insights on the results of high confidence on academic success.
Students may spend weeks, months or years stressing over which college to attend.
Many colleges stress over the same thing, working to maximize the percentage of accepted students who decide to enroll.
This figure is called yield, and a higher percentage can indicate a more desirable school for admitted students.
Among the 223 ranked National Liberal Arts Colleges reporting yield data to U.S. News, the average percentage of admitted students who enrolled in fall 2013 was 29.2 percent. These colleges award at least half of their degrees in the liberal arts.
When it came to individual colleges, yield ranged from 85.2 percent at the United States Naval Academy and the United States Military Academy to 5.9 percent at The King’s College in New York.
Another service academy, the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado, which is also ranked among National Liberal Arts Colleges, reported a high yield rate as well. Of the 1,486 students accepted, 77.7 percent chose to enroll.
Read Susannah Snider’s article for the list of liberal arts schools where the most students enroll
Later this month, PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) results will arrive at high schools across the country. Some 3.5 million students — including virtually every high school junior — sat for the same PSAT exam last October.
The arrival of PSAT test results is a start-your-engine moment for juniors in the run up to applying for college. While they have no bearing on next year’s college applications per se, the results of this colossal test provide a comparative reference no other pre-college assessment can touch.
That said, the importance of the PSAT can be overplayed, pulling us parents into a reactionary mode we almost always regret. As with all steps in the college application process, a measured and realistic response garners best results. High, low or in between, your student’s score is no reason to pile on stress. It’s also no time for a “so-what” way of thinking.
Read Robin Nobel’s article for more about what your student’s PSAT score means.