It’s time again for another quick debrief because China Ed news continued while you were filling up on Thanksgiving turkey.

The Chinese government continues to do their best convincing students to remain in China for their education. NYU Shanghai began its aggressive student recruitment, now that students from anywhere on the mainland can apply. Secondly, English proficiency continues to be overlooked by Beijing’s Commission of Education. After lowering the maximum attainable English score on the Gaokao,  the commission has decided that primary school students in the capital will not begin learning English until the third grade.

On the standardized testing side of things, ACT spent time in China this past month to increase awareness and understanding of its test, in order to challenge the SAT test. Both tests are still banned in China. However, as you may remember from last month’s Inside China Ed, students can and still do flock to Hong Kong to sit either test.

Too often the student voice is lost among the many others in the US-China education sphere, so I was pleased to come across an overseas Chinese student’s high school newspaper article, which provides a refreshing viewpoint on life for Chinese who study abroad in US schools.

Thought your admissions job was difficult? Just be glad you’re not tasked with admitting three year old boarding school applicants.  Boarding kindergarten is now an increasingly popular option in Shanghai, Beijing, and other major Chinese cities.

For a laugh, here’s what Chinese students think about regional US foods. Being from South Carolina, I’m disappointed with the Southeast’s unpopularity!

That’s it for November!



As always, please share your thoughts!


LINKS (in order of appearance)

NYU Shanghai Widens Recruitment Scope To Cover All Mainland Pupils 

Mixed Reactions Over Cutting English Classes

SAT Alternative Makes Bid For Chinese Takers

The Life Of Chinese Applicants To US High Schools

Why Children As Young As Three Are Sent To Boarding School In China

What My Chinese Students Think Of My “Regional Iconic American Food” Presentation


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