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November 8, 2012
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  • Does philosophy play a role in science education?
    Janet D. Stemwedel, an associate professor of philosophy at San José State University, teaches a philosophy of science course that satisfies upper-level science requirements for non-science majors. While she wonders how this contributes to science learning overall, she ultimately contends that helping students understand a little more about how scientists work and think may alleviate some of the fear many students have about the subject. Good Science blog (11/6) Email this Story
  • What test score demonstrates college readiness?
    The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, which is preparing tests for Common Core State Standards in 23 states, has developed its definition of "college ready," while the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, which also is working on common core exams in other states, still is drafting its detailed definition. PARCC says students who score a level 4 or 5 on the tests will have at least a 75% chance of earning a grade of C or better in those college courses, education reporter Catherine Gewertz writes in this blog post. Education Week/Curriculum Matters blog (11/7)
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  • "Pay as You Earn" student-loan program launches
    Eligible students who participate in a new, federal student-loan program will have their payments capped at 10% of discretionary income. Also, under the "Pay as You Earn" program, unpaid loans will be forgiven after 20 years. Currently, payments are limited to 15% of graduates' discretionary income, and loans are forgiven after 25 years. Eligible students can apply by the end of the year. The Wall Street Journal (11/5)
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