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.

President Obama Proposes a College Rating System

On September 3, 2013, in Education, In The News, by Scott Cronenweth

Citing the growing crisis in student loan debt, and with college costs rising faster than grants and aid, President Obama last week proposed a plan design to put a lid on rising tuition costs by tying US federal student aid to college performance.

A Post-College SAT/ACT?!

On August 27, 2013, in ACT, Assessment & Testing, SAT, standardized testing, by Scott Cronenweth

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.

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.

Approval Grows for Next Generation Science Standards

On July 12, 2013, in Common Standards, In The News, by Scott Cronenweth

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

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

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.

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 [...]

2014 Federal Budget Proposal Emphasizes STEM Education

On April 23, 2013, in Education Industry, In The News, by Scott Cronenweth

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

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.