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College Board Announces Plans to Overhaul the SAT

On March 5, 2013, in ACT, Announcements, Assessment, Assessment & Testing, common core, SAT, standardized testing, by Scott Cronenweth
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David Coleman, the new president of the College Board, the nonprofit that owns the SAT college admissions exam, announced on February 25 in an e-mail to the organization’s members that the test will be redesigned in “an ambitious effort” to more comprehensively address “the core set of knowledge and skills” that are most important to success in college.

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Here’s How to Guess Effectively on the SAT

On February 12, 2013, in Assessment, Assessment & Testing, SAT, standardized testing, Test preparation, tips, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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Contrary to popular belief, there is no “guessing penalty” on the SAT. There is, however, a penalty for wrong answers – and the whole point of that penalty is to help ensure that students who guess randomly won’t improve their scores as a result.

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8 Tips to Help Students Pace Themselves During Standardized Tests

On February 6, 2013, in ACT, Assessment & Testing, SAT, standardized testing, Test preparation, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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The ability to successfully pace yourself — knowing how much time you have left and how much time to spend on a given question – is a key success factor for standardized test-takers. Here are 8 tips to pass along and work on with your students:

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Contract Grading

On October 2, 2012, in Assessment & Testing, Teaching, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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Though it was introduced perhaps 30 years ago, contract grading has recently grown increasingly popular among (mostly) high school and university educators and students alike. There are two primary reasons for this trend. First, contract grading helps streamline the grading process and the questions and issues of subjectivity that go with it. Second, contract grading is increasingly perceived as facilitating both better teaching and better learning.

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Peer Assessment in MOOCs and Online Courses

On September 25, 2012, in Assessment, Assessment & Testing, ed tech, Technology in Education, by Scott Cronenweth
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MOOC type courses, such as those that leverage the Coursera platform, are inherently conceived to empower learners to educate each other, such as through posts and responses in course forums. This form of “crowd-sourced commentary” helps create a learning community – so why not build the community even further by empowering learners to evaluate one another?

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Student Peer Evaluation: Plusses and Minuses

On September 18, 2012, in Assessment, Assessment & Testing, ed tech, online learning, Technology in Education, by Scott Cronenweth
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With the rapidly growing popularity of massive open online courses (MOOCs) and online education in general, peer evaluation by students is coming to the fore as a way to assess student performance in online courses.

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An Expanding Vision for First-Generation Learning Analytics

On September 11, 2012, in learning analytics, Technology in Education, by Scott Cronenweth
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Most learning analytics systems center on online learning scenarios, where software can collect the data automatically. Using activities that are part of the online learning process — like logins, assignment completion, quiz scores and so on — learning analytics seeks to analyze the “digital breadcrumbs” that students leave as they interact with the online learning environment (and potentially other online spaces, too, such as Facebook).

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4 Steps to Bring Learning Analytics to Online Education

On September 4, 2012, in Assessment & Testing, learning analytics, online learning, Technology in Education, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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In the emerging research area of learning analytics, technologists and thought leaders are envisioning ways to reveal how engaged students are, how much they’re learning, and how to enhance the lessons going forward.

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4 Learning Styles for Tutors to Tune Into as You Meet New Students

On August 21, 2012, in Assessment, Intelligence, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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As you begin meeting new students, especially younger kids, it’s worthwhile to investigate their learning styles. The most effective tutors are attuned to how different kids process new information.

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Summertime is Test Prep Time

On June 26, 2012, in ACT, Assessment, SAT, standardized testing, Test preparation, by Scott Cronenweth
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With so little time available for yet more studying while school is in session, summer is perhaps the most popular time to prepare for standardized tests. In particular, summer is the perfect time for high school juniors to begin preparing to take the ACT or SAT test in the fall. The same goes for seniors […]