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A new study suggests the economic return on a college degree may be a lot more modest than you think.

Not an Ivy League School.

No city sends students to American universities quite like Seoul, South Korea.

And more than three quarters of the country's overweight youth don't know they're overweight.

15-year-olds in the U.S. aren't all that good with money. In fact, they're pretty bad with it.

It isn't easy to be a disadvantaged high school student anywhere, but the U.S. education system appears to be particularly unkind to its less privileged youth.

The College Board announced today that it is overhauling the SAT, dropping the timed essay and focusing less on fancy vocabulary in order to level the playing field a bit for high school students from a wider range of families. Here are four charts that show how the SAT advantages demographic groups.

Tom Donohue wants people to get mad about our failing schools, but doesn't offer much of a solution.

Now you can read our full 10-part series exploring the causes and consequences of skyrocketing costs in higher education.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 7, 2013
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How do you keep costs down for a product when consumers can't say "no"?

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Aug 26, 2013
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Don't dismiss the higher-ed plan because Congress can't pass anything. It doesn't need Congress, at least not at first.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Aug 22, 2013
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It includes overhauling the college-ranking system and allocating federal financial aid based on those results.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Aug 22, 2013
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The White House is unilaterally lifting eight California school districts out of No Child Left Behind.

  • Ezra Klein and Evan Soltas
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  • Aug 8, 2013
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And only 62 percent of college grads have a job that actually requires a college degree. But the odds of finding a match go up in bigger cities.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • May 20, 2013
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Nowadays, younger Americans are becoming less likely to take out loans to buy a house or a car. One possible reason? They're too overloaded with student debt.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Apr 17, 2013
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Many day-care centers in the United States are poorly run and often unsafe. And yet, on top of all that, child care remains unaffordable.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Apr 15, 2013
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Obama wants to fund universal preschool with a tax on smoking. There's just one hitch — the tax revenues actually shrink over time.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Apr 11, 2013
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A new study finds that high-achieving kids from poorer families are less likely to apply to top colleges, even though doing so would often be cheaper.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Mar 22, 2013
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If we got education, health care and infrastructure right, a lot of our other economic problems would take care of themselves.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Mar 13, 2013
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Oklahoma's getting a lot of attention lately for its pre-K program. In fact, insofar as the administration is basing its efforts on any particular model, Oklahoma is the one they name. But is it the right model?

  • Suzy Khimm
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  • Feb 14, 2013
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