This is how China preps for the big test

(Bloomberg) Jasmine Zhao– Hu Huifeng, an 18-year-old high school senior from China’s Jiangxi province, is on a strict regimen. Seven days a week she rises by 6 a.m. for a day of classes in Chinese, English, mathematics, chemistry, physics, and biology, with the last one finishing at 9:50 p.m. “Once I get home, I study […]

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Why the SAT and ACT Should Worry About This New Anti-Common Core Alternative

(Forbes) By Justin Haskins– In December 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) swept through Congress, largely unopposed by leaders on both sides of the aisle. It is perhaps the only piece of legislation during Pres. Barack Obama’s time in office that appears to have pleased politicians of every persuasion. Many Democrats praised ESSA as a […]

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What’s a college test score worth? An ACT-vs-SAT dispute.

(Washington Post) By Nick Anderson– Now they’re pulling out the really sharp pencils. The ACT and the College Board, overseers of the nation’s two rival college admission tests, are exchanging unusually pointed words this week over an effort to help students interpret scores on the revised SAT. First, the College Board released a set of charts […]

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Why your SAT score is not as strong as you think it is

(Washington Post) By Nick Anderson– Many college-bound students across America are celebrating this week what appear to be impressive results from the revised SAT. But in general the scores are not as strong as they seem at first glance. It turns out the new test comes with a degree of score inflation. Simply put: a […]

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National Assessment of Educational Progress Shows No Progress

(Non Profit Quarterly) By Jim Schaeffer.    School reform is a reliable presidential apple of discord. NPR reports that the latest National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results will give our candidates much to debate: “Most High School Seniors Aren’t College or Career Ready, Says ‘Nation’s Report Card’” This test measures how well the nation’s students do […]

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