Entertainer and entrepreneur Sean Combs delivers Howard University's commencement speech during the 2014 Howard University graduation ceremony in Washington, on Saturday, May 10, 2014. Some suggested that Combs, who attended Howard in the late 1980s but did not graduate, was a poor choice of speaker. Jose Luis Magana/AP hide caption

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Tiffany Contreras gives a presentation in a nutrition class at Tulsa Community College. She's pursuing a degree in nursing as part of the Career Advance program. John W. Poole/NPR hide caption

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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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