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.

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 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.

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 [...]

Why Are There No Summer SAT/ACT Test Dates?

On July 24, 2012, in ACT, Assessment & Testing, SAT, learning analytics, standardized testing, by Scott Cronenweth
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High school students would benefit greatly from the option to take the SAT or ACT in the summer, versus during the higher-stress school year. Kids could finish their academic year, focus on test prep for part of the summer, and take the high-stakes exam in August. Why isn’t this an option?

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 [...]