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.

2014 Federal Budget Proposal Emphasizes STEM Education

On April 23, 2013, in Education Industry, In The News, by Scott Cronenweth
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President Obama’s 2014 proposed federal budget reflects his long-standing advocacy for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. The new budget creates a STEM Master Teaching Corps, while also giving science research institutions an explicit role in directing public school curricula.

Proposed 2014 US Education Budget Makes Big Investment in Early Learning

On April 16, 2013, in Education Industry, In The News, Teaching, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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US President Barak Obama’s 2014 budget proposal asks for an “historic investment” in early learning opportunities. President Obama is being applauded for taking a bold step towards removing stumbling blocks that low-income children and other vulnerable preschoolers often face on the path towards success in school.

Summertime is Test Prep Time

On June 26, 2012, in ACT, Assessment, SAT, Test preparation, standardized testing, by Scott Cronenweth
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With so little time available for yet more studying while school is in session, summer is perhaps the most popular time to prepare for standardized tests. In particular, summer is the perfect time for high school juniors to begin preparing to take the ACT or SAT test in the fall. The same goes for seniors [...]

Smarter Summers Initiative Shows Strong First-Year Results

On January 31, 2012, in General, In The News, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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Why do middle school students have a special need for high-quality summer learning? According to NSLA’s website, “Middle school is a time of great risk for children, especially those who are low-income. Summer learning loss contributes to dismal middle-school indicators, causing low-income students to lag as much as 2.5 years behind their higher-income peers by the end of fifth grade.