ACT Policy Changes

                                                              On October 8, the ACT announced changes that will occur beginning in the fall of 2020. The three major changes will provide students with more flexibility regarding test taking and score reporting....

Synchronize with Teens’ Chronobiology

The beginning of fall heralds the semi-annual changing of the clocks. This “spring ahead, fall back” ritual has special implications for teens, whose high school classes usually begin shortly after the cocks crow. While those waiting at the bus stop before 7 am may...

The College Board’s Adversity Index

In May, the College Board announced that it would expand the use of a pilot program that provides an “adversity index” to students’ SAT scores.  The College Board has for several years been testing an “adversity index” designed to place...

Take a Break!

One of the effective strategies regarding study skills is time limitation.  If students are working on an assignment that will take them several hours, they should  break up the work into forty-five minutes segments, interspersing the work with short breaks (about...

The Importance of Lifelong Learning

A recent article in Forbes delineates the eight steps that the education system needs to take in order to prepare future generations for the “Fourth Industrial Revolution.” 1. Redefine the purpose of education 2. Improve STEM education 3. Develop human potential. 4....

Benefits of Writing

Writing and thinking are inextricably intertwined. Writing is a cognitive process that provides benefits aside from communicating coherently. Recent research demonstrates that writing can reduce test anxiety, assist in learning, and boost self esteem. One of the...

College Board’s “Adversity Score”

                                                            According to David Coleman, CEO of the College Board, “It isn’t fair to look at test scores alone.” Hence, the testing organization is expanding the use of a little publicized...