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.

Common Core Standards: 3 Big Impacts on Tutors

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

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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.

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.

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 [...]

Essay Grading Software: Indispensible or Insulting?

On April 9, 2013, in Assessment & Testing, Technology in Education, Uncategorized, ed tech, by Scott Cronenweth
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How would you feel about having your essays or short written test answers graded by a software program? Instead of getting results back days or weeks later from an instructor, you’d get instant feedback — and a chance to rewrite the piece for a better grade.

Why Change the SAT Now?

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