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Seven skills every child should master, and the value of testing to make sure they have

May 14, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

From the hundreds of thousands of parents who refused to have their children participate in standardized testing over the past two weeks in New York, it’s pretty clear that people have issues with testing. But that doesn’t mean we should get rid of standardized tests. According to most school leaders, these tests are part of […]

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Keep calm and test on

April 1, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

For many grade 3-8 students, launching into state English Language Arts (ELA) and math tests immediately after spring break may be a bit unnerving. Sharing a few helpful test-taking strategies with your children can ease anxieties and help them perform at their best. In the days before the test, help children prepare by getting a […]

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There is value in standardized testing

There is value in standardized testing

March 13, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

A growing number of parents and caregivers – including some teachers, school administrators and state legislators – will instruct their children to refuse to participate in the battery of standardized tests administered in schools across the country this spring. Depending who you talk to, standardized testing is either a useful measure of student growth or […]

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The important stuff not found in books

February 23, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Some of the most important lessons students learn aren’t found in textbooks. They come from life experiences – in the classroom, with family and out in the real world. As parents, we want our children to succeed. Equipping them with life skills now will better prepare them to navigate their school years and beyond. Which […]

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SAT revisions begin in 2015

October 15, 2014 | Posted in: High School | with 0 Comments

A revamped SAT®, that globally recognized college admissions test created by the not-for-profit College Board, is set to debut in 2016 featuring changes in what’s tested, how it’s scored and how students prepare. The College Board is making comprehensive changes to the standardized test to reinforce the skills and evidence-based thinking that high school students […]

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Teacher’s message: ‘They can do it’

March 27, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

New York state’s standardized English Language Arts (ELA) tests begin April 1, and I am grateful that my fourth grader is not anxious about the three days of test-taking. He is inclined to be anxious about many things, like thunder, high winds, and my absence at 8:45 p.m. when I had told him I expected […]

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More rest, less stress on test day

March 27, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Parent Today shared the following information in advance of 2013 state standardized test for students in grades 3-8. We republish it here so you can help prepare your child for another test season. Some students thrive on test stress; others experience intense anxiety that leaves them feeling physically ill – stomachaches, headaches, etc. – and […]

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To test or not to test; that’s a tough question

March 17, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

There’s a part of me that wants to opt my kids out of standardized testing. But I’m not going to. I hear about the controversy over testing (see sidebar), and I side with parents who believe they are ultimately responsible and accountable for their child’s education. We – as parents – do have primary responsibility […]

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The controversy over standardized tests, and why some arguments don’t hold up

March 17, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Some parents don’t want their children to take annual standardized tests, and they cite a number of reasons why. Although there is no statutory provision in New York state for “opting out” of the tests, many parents are still choosing that route. Is opting out the right thing for your child? As parents, you should […]

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The deal with data

January 31, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

It’s one of the acronyms tossed about in education: DDI, or data-driven instruction. At the heart of DDI is, obviously, data. In the eyes of some, data – or its collection – is seen as invasive. But the word data means, simply, information. And for school districts, data can provide a wealth of information to […]

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