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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.