Standardized tests are an important consideration for admissions at many colleges and universities. But one new study shows that high school performance, not standardized test scores, is a better predictor of how students do in college. Amriphoto/iStockphoto hide caption

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Alex Tu, an advanced placement student, takes a computer science class in Midwest City, Okla. There's been a sharp decline in the number of computer science classes offered in U.S. secondary schools. Sue Ogrocki/AP hide caption

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Silver Lake Elementary School in Middletown, Del., has begun implementing the national Common Core State Standards for academics. The GOP largely backs the standards that are rolling out in 45 states, but Tea Party conservatives have been critical — and liberals increasingly have the same complaints. Steve Ruark/AP hide caption

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Students at the Oakland Military Institute took several courses offered by San Jose State and the online course provider Udacity this year. The university is now scaling back its relationship with Udacity. Laura A. Oda/MCT/Landov hide caption

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Hands-on science activities like making bubble mitts at the Mission Science Workshop teach students about things like surface tension. Justin Jach/Courtesy of Mission Science Workshop hide caption

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Students at Lowell High School in Michigan sit down for lunch. Shorter lunch breaks mean that many kids don't get enough time to eat and socialize. Emily Zoladz/Landov hide caption

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Shayna Terrell is the outreach coordinator at Simon Gratz Mastery Charter School in Philadelphia. Matt Stanley for NPR hide caption

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, a Republican, cut more than $1 billion from the state's K-12 budget, which hit the state-controlled Philadelphia district hardest. Matt Slocum/AP hide caption

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Students play tag at Ruby Bridges Elementary in Alameda, Calif. The school has expanded recess time with help from the nonprofit group Playworks. Eric Westervelt/NPR hide caption

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Coachella Valley High School math teacher Eddie Simoneau uses iPads with his students. Matt Hamilton/Coachella Valley Unified School District hide caption

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Students at Coachella Valley Unified School District use iPads during a lesson. The district's superintendent is promoting the tablet initiative as a way to individualize learning. Coachella Valley Unified School District hide caption

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Thousands of students apply to college each year using the online Common Application. But a flawed overhaul of the system has left many students and parents frustrated. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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