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Global Private Tutoring Market to Exceed $100 Billion by 2018

On October 31, 2012, in Education Industry, In The News, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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According to a study just released by the market research firm Global Industry Analysts, Inc. (GIA), the worldwide market for private tutoring is projected to grow beyond $102.8 billion by 2018.

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This Week is National College Affordability Week

On October 9, 2012, in Education, In The News, by Scott Cronenweth
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Total US student loan debt for borrowers in their twenties has more than doubled since 2005 – and now stands at almost $300 billion. (Total student loan balances have surpassed the well-publicized $1 trillion mark.) Likewise, the average twenty-something college student’s personal debt burden has also more than doubled in that timeframe, to almost $21,000. These days two out of three college graduates leave with loan debt, versus less than one out of three just ten years ago.

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President Obama and Mitt Romney – Where Do They Differ on Education Policy?

On July 31, 2012, in Education, General, In The News, Teaching, by Scott Cronenweth
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So where do the two candidates differ on education? One area is on federal involvement in education. In step with the massive cuts their budget votes made to school funding over the next two years, Republicans – including Romney – want to dismantle the US Department of Education.

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The “Shadow Side” of Asia’s Tutoring Boom

On July 10, 2012, in In The News, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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A study just released by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), a development institution devoted to reducing poverty in Asia, calls into question many aspects of this burgeoning trend – especially whether all this tutoring is beneficial for students and cost-effective for their families. The report also raises concerns about the social inequalities that access to tutoring could be perpetuating.

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The Value of Online Tutoring for Remediated College Students

On June 5, 2012, in Education Industry, In The News, online learning, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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If online tutoring really is highly effective, and is preferred by many learners because of its convenience and the fact that it offers a degree of anonymity… why not leverage it to support remedial students? Better yet, why not build online tutoring support into redesigned, entry-level for-credit classes as “Bridge to Nowhere” advocates?

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Does Teacher Performance Pay Improve Student Achievement?

On May 22, 2012, in Education, In The News, Pay for Performance, Teaching, by Scott Cronenweth
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A recent study by the international Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) found no clear link between performance pay for teachers and higher student achievement in schools.

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Microsoft + Nook = More Electronic Textbooks

On May 1, 2012, in digital content, digital publishing, ed tech, In The News, Technology in Education, by Scott Cronenweth
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What’s likely to happen, like incorporating cameras into phones, is that e-book readers will simply be incorporated into our PCs, laptops and mobile devices. So ultimately it’s not about selling a Kindle or a Nook, but about selling electronic content for learners and readers.

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Teacher Layoffs Intensify as Summer Approaches

On April 24, 2012, in In The News, Teaching, by Scott Cronenweth
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The impact of all these layoffs on education is uncertain, but it is likely that they contribute to anxiety and stress among both teachers and students. The latest MetLife Survey of the American Teacher indicates that teachers are increasingly unhappy in their work, while parent engagement with schools is increasing, most likely out of concern for the quality of education children are receiving in the current climate of uncertainty and scare educational resources.

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Test Prep for Top Middle Schools Means More Tutoring

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An article this week in the New York Times highlights how the high-stakes, testing-driven competition for a top-rated education continues to intensify in the US – and how tutoring is deemed crucial to students’ success.

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Two Ways Learning Analytics Might Help Reduce Cheating on the SAT and ACT

On April 3, 2012, in ACT, In The News, SAT, standardized testing, Test preparation, by Scott Cronenweth
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In the wake of a recent cheating episode, the SAT and ACT exams will now require students to upload or mail in a photograph when they sign up for an exam. This photo will be printed on their admissions ticket, and on the roster at the test center. On test day, proctors will compare each test-taker’s photo ID with the photo provided at signup.