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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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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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.

It’s Time to Sign Up for Fall SAT and ACT Test Dates

On July 17, 2013, in ACT, SAT, Test preparation, standardized testing, by Scott Cronenweth
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High school students who will be seniors in 2013-14, and who are planning to apply to colleges this fall, should register this summer for the first round of SAT or ACT testing, which begins in the fall. Students can sign up for this round of tests if they haven’t taken the exam(s) yet, or if they want to try again to improve their score.

The ACT Test is Going Digital

On May 7, 2013, in ACT, Assessment & Testing, SAT, common core, by Scott Cronenweth
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Beginning as soon as the spring of 2015, the ACT college admissions test will be administered digitally. Digital testing can provide faster results — in minutes versus two to six weeks — for both students and colleges. Since the ACT is designed to test students” high school learning and reasoning skills, it is already well [...]

The New SAT — How Will Changes Affect Students?

On April 3, 2013, in ACT, Common Standards, SAT, Test preparation, common core, standardized testing, by Scott Cronenweth
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Though no release date has been officially announced, the earliest that a revamped SAT would be in the hands of students would be Spring 2015. So the changes could impact today’s freshman class. The classes of 2013, 2014 or 2015 will take the same test that is currently in use.

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Helping Students Choose The Right Test Prep

On March 26, 2013, in ACT, SAT, Socrato, Test preparation, learning analytics, standardized testing, by Scott Cronenweth
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Mary Ann Dorsher of ACT Ready makes a great point: it”s not all about figuring out what”s going to be on the test – it”s about getting the support needed to approach the exam with confidence.

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