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November 27, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Daily round-up: Districts aim for more diversity in AP, state seeks federal waivers

Choosing the wrong college major can be a costly mistake (Reuters): A new report from ACT Inc., the Iowa-based testing company, found just one-third of students who take the ACT plan to major in a field that aligns with their interests. Opting to study engineering might not be such a lucrative choice for students who end up switching majors and taking longer to graduate — or leaving school without earning any degree at all.

Urban districts strive for more diversity in AP classes (The New York Times): School districts stretching from Cincinnati to Boston have launched initiatives to get more black and Latino high school students enrolled in AP classes, often seen as a head start for the college bound. In Washington state, lawmakers passed legislation this spring that asked districts to enroll any student in advanced courses if he or she scores above a certain threshold on standardized tests.

Washington one of five states seeking two waivers on federal requirements (Education Week): Washington, Kansas, Maryland, Mississippi and Nevada are asking the U.S. Department of Education to both loosen the number of standardized tests students must take and give them more time to implement new teacher performance measures.

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