Latest Report: Only 25% of ACT Test-Takers Are Ready for College/Career

On September 25, 2013, in ACT, Assessment & Testing, SAT, standardized testing, by Scott Cronenweth
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To be considered college-ready, all four benchmarks must be met. Only 26% of 2013 test-takers achieved that. 64% met the English benchmark, 44% met the reading and math benchmarks, and 36% met the science benchmark.

Update on Next-Generation Assessment Systems

On September 18, 2013, in ACT, Assessment & Testing, Common Standards, Education Industry, common core, standardized testing, by Scott Cronenweth
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The purpose of all this testing is to measure individual students’ educational development, to guide teachers and support intervention. Ostensibly the tests will encompass not only academics, but also “interest inventories,” behavioral skills assessment by teachers, and more.

Career Readiness Certification—A Survey of Existing National Tests

On September 9, 2013, in ACT, Assessment, standardized testing, by Scott Cronenweth
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Recently this blog referenced a new post-college standardized test called the Collegiate Learning Assessment. It’s clear that there’s a strong and growing market for post-collegiate career readiness testing and certification. So what other “national” tests are out there and how popular are they?

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President Obama Proposes a College Rating System

On September 3, 2013, in Education, In The News, by Scott Cronenweth
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Citing the growing crisis in student loan debt, and with college costs rising faster than grants and aid, President Obama last week proposed a plan design to put a lid on rising tuition costs by tying US federal student aid to college performance.

A Post-College SAT/ACT?!

On August 27, 2013, in ACT, Assessment & Testing, SAT, standardized testing, by Scott Cronenweth
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Dubbed “an authentic assessment of 21st century skills,” the Collegiate Learning Assessment Plus (CLA+) is designed to give prospective employers a measure of students’ abilities and “employability” independent of grades and academic achievement.

Why Are More Students Taking Both the SAT and ACT?

On August 20, 2013, in ACT, SAT, Test preparation, standardized testing, by Scott Cronenweth
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The college admissions process in the US has never been more competitive. In response, a growing number of the most determined students are taking their test prep game to the next level—sitting for both the SAT and ACT, in many cases multiple times.

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Can Apps Help Babies Learn Or Not?

On August 13, 2013, in Technology in Education, ed tech, by Scott Cronenweth
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According to the non-profit Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC), marketers of apps for very young children are “playing the education card” to stimulate app sales, with no substantive evidence that their products actually teach kids anything or increase children’s’ IQs.

Common Core Standards: 3 Big Impacts on Tutors

On August 7, 2013, in Assessment, Assessment & Testing, Common Standards, Tutoring, common core, by Scott Cronenweth
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With implementation and testing upon them, school districts and teachers are rushing to get up to speed on the Common Core. Integration of the new approach is likely to be an ongoing effort, but it’s urgent for educators to understand and embrace the gist of the new standards.

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Are the Common Core Standards on the Way Out?

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Despite having been adopted by 44 of the 50 states, is the Common Core “failing the test”? Some experts feel that states are beginning to balk as the rigorous testing that has been under development comes to fruition.

Bringing Cooperative Learning Online

On July 23, 2013, in Technology in Education, ed tech, online learning, by Scott Cronenweth
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Is cooperative learning happening online today? After researching the topic, I feel—oddly!—like I’m not exactly sure.