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  • ACT Scores Show High School Students Barely Ready for College

    By Danielle Lagow for

    For the high school graduating class of 2012, 52% took the ACT. That equals out to nearly 1.7 million students. By taking this standardized test, chances are they're planning on going to college soon. But are they ready? The ACT did a report on college and career readiness based on test scores to find out the answer.The overall composite average score for the ACT test is 21.1, virtually no change since 2008.

    In this study's findings, only one out of every four students is prepared in all four subject areas tested - math, science, reading and English. Just like the class of 2011, the overall composite average score was 21.1 out of a max 36. Though the amount of students who have participated in taking the exam has increased by 17% since 2008, the average composite scores have not seen any drastic changes.

    A little good news is 72% of the test takers met at least one subject's readiness standards. On the other hand, 28% didn't reach any of the four subjects standard, while only a mere 24% proved their readiness in all four.

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  • Parents Should Load IPads with Chungaboo EBooks for Summer Learning

    By Dana Shultz for

    A new, interactive way for kids to learn is making the old classroom model seem far less appetizing and not nearly as much fun. The concept is called Chungaboo, and it's an educational-based start-up in Austin, Texas that was founded on the simple idea of making learning fun.Just a few of the most popular children's eBook titles from Chungaboo.

    Chungaboo eBooks can be viewed on a variety of mobile tablet devices for a very visual and interactive learning experience for children of all ages. With Chungaboo, kids can access the topics they want to learn about, including numbers, letters, countries and music; and most subjects are available in up to 10 common languages.

    For a better idea of what Chungaboo's all about, we recently contacted one of the co-founders, Sarah Marquez, to learn more about this creative new company that's turning learning as we know it upside down.

    Where did the concept for Chungaboo come from? How did it come to be?

    It is the vision of a group of parents and friends who were inspired to improve

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  • By Kelsey Murray -

    Who says Facebook takes away from the academic learning experience? Sure, the social site has been dinged for being a constant excuse to take multiple study breaks, but now Facebook is actually improving public schools. Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, recently announced plans to donate $100 million to help improve public schools in Newark, New Jersey.

    Zuckerberg does not have any personal connections to Newark Public Schools. However, when he met with Mayor Cory Booker in July, the two men began to devise a plan. They then approached Governor Chris Christie, asking him to "cede some control of the state-run system" to local officials.

    This $100 million is only an initial gift that is part of a plan to create a foundation for improving education. The goal is that by placing control of this school system into the hands of local officials - and taking the control away from state officials who might not understand the problems as well - Newark

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  • 15 Ways to Beat the Freshman 15

    Heather Ashare -

    Think the Freshman 15 is unavoidable? Think again. Follow these 15 effective ways to not only keep it at bay, but end your freshman year of college healthier than when it started. Implementing these healthy lifestyle habits now will set the foundation for a lifetime of positive choices. Since you're at college trying all sorts of new things anyway, why not try this, too?

    1. Beware of the bowl: Breakfast cereals are a college student's go-to meal, whether it's breakfast or dinner. But most of us over-pour cereals, which results in a few hundred extra calories. Prevent this diet disaster and use a measuring cup for eating your Fruity Pebbles from a coffee mug.

    2. Take advantage of the gym: All colleges and universities have a workout facility, and many of them are state-of-the-art. Take advantage of the gym and use it regularly. Remember: Your tuition dollars are paying for the electricity that runs those calorie-torching treadmills.

    3. Watch the

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  • Spring Break on the Cheap

    By Kelsey Murray and Brandi Koskie -

    Spring break is synonymous with beach vacations - playing in the waves, staying in a swanky hotels and partying all night with friends is all part of the package. When you add up cost of hotels, airfare, food, and entertainment, spring greak gets real expensive real fast.

    College student or not, the economy isn't really looking too favorably on anyone's discretionary funds these days. But it's no reason to bypass the the spring break R&R that you desperately need. If you can't afford to shell out a couple grand for a traditional beach-bound spring break or a trip to the mountains for skiing, get creative, and plan a more budget-friendly getaway with your friends. Here are a few ideas to help you enjoy an affordable spring break.

    1. Road Trip! Pick a destination you've never been before, grab some friends, hop in the car, and go. With a group splitting the cost for gas and hotel, you can easily make this trip relatively cheap.

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  • 10 Tips for Making Healthier Fast Food Choices

    By Brandi Koskie -

    Whether you're busy trying to get dinner to your family, pressed for time at lunch, or want to avoid the freshman 15 on your college campus, fast food is an all-too-easy solution for so many people. Generally speaking, people know it's not the healthiest choice. But people aren't always aware of how to turn a calorie disaster into a meal that won't make a cardiologist cringe... too hard.

    Here we introduce a few ordering basics to trim fat, calories and salt from your order.

    1. Skip the mayo. And special sauces, too. These are extra fat and calories that you don't need. Instead, use honey, salsa, mustard, or just go dry.

    2. Say no cheese. Or at least don't ask for extra. It doesn't add that much to the sandwich and you're much better off without.

    3. Down-size. Rather than order triple-deluxe combo, ask for a smaller fry and drink. You want to fill up on the protein anyway.

    4. Order a water. Most fast food restaurants have bottled water now. So

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  • 25 Famous Sorority Members

    By Brandi Koskie -

    Each fall sororities across the nation usher in a new class of sisters, thus furthering their rich traditions. Sororities offer young college women more than a social outlet, but academic support, networking, leadership and more.

    Here we've listed some of the famous or celebrity members of many popular sororities, women who started just as any other sister and rose to become great authors, singers, politicians, authors or artists.

    Alpha Chi Omega

    Trista Rehn - Bachelorette

    Alpha Delta Pi

    Nancy Grace - CNN Journalist

    Alpha Phi

    Jeri Ryan - Actress
    Kimberly Williams - Actress

    Chi Omega

    Lucy Liu - Actress

    Alpha Kappa Alpha

    Jada Pinkett Smith - Actress
    Alicia Keys - Singer

    Delta Gamma

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus - Actress
    Patricia Heaton - Actress

    Delta Phi Epsilon

    Bette Midler - Singer, Actress

    Delta Sigma Theta

    Aretha Franklin - Singer
    Natalie Cole - Singer

    Delta Zeta

    Joy Behar - The View

    Delta Delta Delta

    Katie Couric - CBS Anchor
    Molly Sims -

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  • How to Keep Off the Freshman 15

    For a college freshman, the myths that surround the college lifestyle seem to abound. They do take attendance, you don't get to sleep all day, and your dorm room really is pretty cramped.

    One thing that is absolutely not a myth and will catch up with you faster than shower fungus is the Freshman 15. It's very real, very unhealthy, and totally avoidable.

    What is it? It's 15 pounds or so that college freshmen pack on, thanks to their new living habits of rarely sleeping, getting little exercise and subsisting on soda and pizza.

    How is it avoided? By doing the opposite of everything mentioned above. The life of a college student is hectic, so that might be easier said than done. But still doable. So here are some tips on how to avoid the freshman 15 and find balance while feeling like a regular student - just a thinner, healthier one.

    Skip Fast-Food. Campuses are littered with restaurants that accept meal points. Don't use them, and if you do, choose grilled items and vegetable sides.

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  • 11 dorm room essentials you actually need

    By Brandi Koskie -

    Soon enough cars will be double-parked outside college dorms while parents and college freshmen haul most of their worldly belongings up to their new homes--a place with concrete floors, shared bathrooms and about 230 square feet to coexist with a perfect stranger. Sounds inviting, doesn't it? Technically, you'll only be able to call 115 square feet of that your own, as your roommate will also bring all of her worldly possessions to occupy the other side.

    You're in college now. So be smart! Unless your parents are selling the house and skipping town as soon as they unload you, your old bedroom or the attic will be the appropriate place to store off-season clothing, prom collectibles, stuffed animal collections, and old band instruments.

    Be resourceful about what you do bring, how you save space in the dorm, and use the following list to help you downsize before you even approach the threshold of your new campus digs.


    1. One laundry bag.

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  • 9 Back to School Tips for Teachers by Teachers

    By Brandi Koskie -

    It's not just the kids who have to adjust to new sleep schedules, a return to harried days and even a worry of how to manage all that homework. Teachers are also under a lot of pressure to make back to school a success each and every year. Lucky for you, with a little foresight and planning, you can make the most of summer vacation for an easier return to school.

    Here are tips by teachers for teachers to help you get ready for back to school.

    1. Housekeeping. Start readying your room at least two weeks before school starts so that you don't feel rushed or overwhelmed. This can include minor repairs, decorations, desk arrangements and even creating your own space in the room.

    2. Get the Dirt. Ask other teachers about their former students to gain insight, tips and techniques to help manage your new students. This is also beneficial to learn how to work with a new class of parents.

    3. Play the Disciplinarian. Reassess your discipline plan and make

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