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.

Approval Grows for Next Generation Science Standards

On July 12, 2013, in Common Standards, In The News, by Scott Cronenweth
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The Next Generation Science Standards for Today’s Students and Tomorrow’s Workforce (NGSS) released this April are already being approved for adoption at the state level. Five states—Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Rhode Island and Vermont—have already approved the new standards. They are under consideration or pending consideration in California, Florida, Maine, Michigan and Washington.

Is Summer Vacation On the Way Out?

On July 2, 2013, in Education, by Scott Cronenweth
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Summer vacation is an American tradition like turkey on Thanksgiving. But American students are falling behind in the global education/skills marketplace—and summer vacation could be part of the problem.

The Socioeconomic “Achievement Gap” is Widening

On June 25, 2013, in Teaching, Tutoring, online learning, by Scott Cronenweth
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It is by and large accepted that all students experience learning loss if they don’t participate in learning activities for a period of time. But students from lower-income families seem to lose more academic skills over the summer than peers with higher socioeconomic status.

The Best US High Schools

On June 18, 2013, in Assessment & Testing, by Scott Cronenweth
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US News annually ranks the top performing US high schools, not only nationally but also by state. This report is a great way to see how the schools in your area are performing, as well as an opportunity to reflect on what makes a great high school in the first place.

US High School Graduation Rate Hits 30-Year High

On June 11, 2013, in Education, In The News, by Scott Cronenweth
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According to a new study, high school graduation rates in the US are at their highest point since 1973. Almost 75% of US high school students earned their diploma in 2010 (the most recent available data).

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The State of Digital Education — Are You Ready for Disruption?

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Just as it has disrupted major industries like telecommunications and retail, the Internet is now rapidly disrupting educational paradigms as well.

She Blinded Me with Science (and Math)

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

Ranking Universities Worldwide by Courses of Study

On May 21, 2013, in Education Industry, In The News, by Scott Cronenweth
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An education company in Britain, QS, annually publishes a report that ranks 400 top colleges and universities worldwide by thirty specific majors or courses of study.

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SAT Exams Cancelled for the Entire Nation of South Korea

On May 14, 2013, in In The News, SAT, Tutoring, standardized testing, by Scott Cronenweth
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This week South Korea faced an academic scandal that put it in the global spotlight, as the SAT exams for the entire country were cancelled after allegations of widespread cheating came to light.

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