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

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.

Common Core Standards: 3 Big Impacts on Tutors

On August 7, 2013, in Assessment, Assessment & Testing, Common Standards, Tutoring, common core, by Scott Cronenweth

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?


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.

She Blinded Me with Science (and Math)

On May 28, 2013, in Common Standards, common core, by Scott Cronenweth

According to a new study just released by the National Center for Education Statistics, America’s high school students are taking more math and science courses. This is just one finding of The Condition of Education 2013 report, which “summarizes important trends and developments in education using the latest available data.” (Other focal points include employment [...]

The ACT Test is Going Digital

On May 7, 2013, in ACT, Assessment & Testing, SAT, common core, by Scott Cronenweth

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

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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Why Change the SAT Now?

On March 12, 2013, in ACT, Assessment & Testing, SAT, common core, standardized testing, by Scott Cronenweth

The SAT was revamped as recently as 2005. Changing it again now is potentially risky, in that it may be “off-putting to the biggest stakeholders involved – the students” who are trying to prepare for it.

College Board Announces Plans to Overhaul the SAT

On March 5, 2013, in ACT, Announcements, Assessment, Assessment & Testing, SAT, common core, standardized testing, by Scott Cronenweth

David Coleman, the new president of the College Board, the nonprofit that owns the SAT college admissions exam, announced on February 25 in an e-mail to the organization’s members that the test will be redesigned in “an ambitious effort” to more comprehensively address “the core set of knowledge and skills” that are most important to success in college.

How to Interpret SAT Scores: Insights for Tutors

On March 21, 2012, in Assessment, Common Standards, SAT, Tutoring, common core, standardized testing, tips, by Scott Cronenweth

As a tutor or teacher you might well be asked: What’s a good SAT score? That depends on a student’s goals and the college(s) she or he wants to go to.

High-Stakes Standardized Testing in China


In the US, mandatory standardized testing on the national level has primarily been put forth as a public policy strategy, with the aim of establishing stronger accountability measures for public education. … But what has not been a credible part of the standardized testing debate in the US is the idea of making such a test a high-stakes, make-or-break determinant of students’ professional aptitude, college admissions, etc. … In stark contrast is the situation in China…