The Rise Of The ACT

The Rise Of The ACT

The SAT has predominantly been the staple of standardized tests for students hoping to be accepted into the nation’s top colleges. However, in recent years the ACT is becoming more popular, according to an article by Bob Schaeffer, public education director of the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, published in The Washington Post. The SAT was created over 80 years ago, and 20 years ago 75% more students took the SAT than the ACT. The ACT was largely a regional test, more popular in the South, Midwest, Southwest and Mountain states. However, most students in the 2010 graduating high school class took both tests. There were very ... Read More About The Rise Of The ACT

The Disappearance Of Small Classes

The Disappearance Of Small Classes

Most schools boast small, effective student to faculty ratios. Smaller classes give students more one-on-one time with faculty members, increasing the value of their education. But, the economic downturn is dramatically increasing the size of classes at all levels.             Justin Snider, an undergraduate professor of writing at Columbia University, wrote a guest column in The Washington Post stating that schools can no longer afford small classes.             Snider cited California’s 1996 decision to launch a state-wide, c ... Read More About The Disappearance Of Small Classes

The Best Study Habits

The Best Study Habits

All students have heard it before. The it is the constant nagging by parents and teachers about study habits.                        Find a quiet place to study, study at the same time/same place every day, study in an empty room are some of the typical methods that parents or teachers preach.             However, they are wrong, absolutely wrong. A group of cognitive psychologists researched how to increase tangible learning through studying and discovered that most of the conve ... Read More About The Best Study Habits

US Trailing In Higher Education

US Trailing In Higher Education

The United States is no longer the global leader in postsecondary degrees, according to an article in the The Washington Post.             A postsecondary degree is any degree that one attains after high school. It could be an Associate’s Degree, Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree.             This trend is consistent with other findings that k-12 students in the United States are lagging behind many other foreign students.             The Washington Post cit ... Read More About US Trailing In Higher Education

Education By Numbers

Education By Numbers

For some teachers it’s becoming “what can I do to make my numbers better”. Those numbers are of course their students. Numbers and students are not synonymous, but the new federal-funding, education allocation is placing them in the same sentence.             An increasing amount of schools are implementing a value-added program to systematically determine how effective their teachers are, according to an article in The New York Times.             Schools are receiving mixed reviews on this program. Some believe it ... Read More About Education By Numbers