Educators have proposed a way to evaluate student learning as an alternative to traditional standardized tests. Measuring a student’s abilities when they graduate with an academic degree is difficult. Measuring that student against students from other institutions with the same degree complicates the results. The initiative — called the Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate…

So you think poetry is: a) dull b) boring c) lucrative? Ask electrical engineering and computer science student Lilly Chin what she thinks after winning $100,000 on American television for knowing the poetry of Walt Whitman. (See below for “Who’s [Walt] Whitman?”) Chin, a 21-year-old who attends Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), won $100,000 for…

The organization that oversees the leading college admissions test says it has cancelled the scores of several international students and is reducing future test dates overseas in an effort to crack down on cheating. The College Board, which administers the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), said the students whose scores are in question might not be…