Rise & Shine: Record number of students take SAT after city offers test for free

TEST TAKERS Nearly 78 percent of 11th-graders last year had taken the SAT at least once during high school, up from just over 50 percent the previous year, thanks to a new initiative that lets all juniors take the test for free during the school day. Chalkbeat, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Daily News, New York Post

COLLEGE READY? After the Achievement First charter-school network found that fewer than a third of its high school graduates were earning college degrees on time, its leaders tried to design a new school model that would maintain their strict rules while also instilling in students the independence needed to succeed in college. New York Times

POPULAR DEMAND Parents in the Bronx say they want the city’s next schools chief to address school overcrowding and to increase support for teachers and for students still learning English. Riverdale Press

SLASHING A 15-year-old girl slashed another girl with a knife at the Grand Street Campus High School in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on Thursday. New York Daily News