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Obama Encourages Learning In Washington Back-To-School Speech

Sep 28, 2011 by Paul Nicholas Category: Blog 0 comments Tags: news, opinion

President Barack Obama is encouraging students to work hard in their classes, saying the country is counting on them. Obama was scheduled to speak Wednesday afternoon at Washington’s Benjamin Banneker Academic High School. His back-to-school address will be televised live and carried online. In his prepared remarks, Obama urges students to pursue an education after […]

California English Proficiency Test ‘Almost Guarantees’ English Learner Classification, Study Shows

Sep 20, 2011 by Paul Nicholas Category: Blog 0 comments Tags: test prep

Most four- and five-year-olds who take an English proficiency exam before kindergarten are bound to fail the test, according to a new study. Taking the California English Language Development Test “almost guarantees” a student will be classified as an English learner, the University of California, Berekely’s Center for Latino Policy Research, study reports. Just 12 […]

Do My SSAT or ISEE Scores Really Matter?

Standardized admissions tests are part of the drill in most private school admissions offices. Why is that? Because the school needs to know what you know and don’t know academically. The SSAT and ISEE are the two most commonly used admissions tests. They measure your language and math skills. How do the admissions offices use […]

Expert Advice on Sharing Your Child’s Weaknesses

Sep 16, 2011 by Paul Nicholas Category: Blog 0 comments Tags: news

Application season is in full swing and parents are wondering how to answer the following question, common in many private preschool and kindergartens: “Tell us about your child. What are his/her strengths? What are his/her weaknesses?” In such a competitive environment for preschool and kindergarten slots, should parents really ’fess up that little Hudson has […]

SAT Reading Scores Fall To Lowest Level On Record

Sep 14, 2011 by Paul Nicholas Category: Blog 0 comments Tags: news, off to college

Scores on the critical reading portion of the SAT college entrance exam fell three points to their lowest level on record last year, and combined reading and math scores reached their lowest point since 1995. The College Board, which released the scores Wednesday, said the results reflect the record number of students from the high […]

Top 10 Skills for High-School Students

Sep 13, 2011 by Paul Nicholas Category: Blog 0 comments Tags: news, off to college

Whether you’re a freshman or a senior, developing the following ten skills will help you achieve success in school, in your chosen career, and in life. 1. Time Management You know the deal: There are just 24 hours in each day. What you do with that time makes all the difference. While high-school students average […]

Surefire tips for earning grades colleges will notice

At the top of every list of what colleges look for in applicants is a strong academic record. This means both grade point average and strength of academic program. Grades always should be trending upward, and although “stuff happens” grade blips are definitely not desirable. Here are a few surefire tips for earning grades colleges are bound to notice: […]

Four Ways QR Codes Could Revolutionize Education

Sep 07, 2011 by Paul Nicholas Category: Blog 0 comments Tags: news

Quick Response (QR) codes are beginning to pop up on city buses, in museum exhibits, and just about anywhere people need easy access to information. But we’re only beginning to scratch the surface of how they can be used to improve the formal educational experience. As the number of Americans, particularly students, with smartphones continues […]

Los Angeles Area Schools, Teachers Accused Of Cheating

Sep 06, 2011 by Paul Nicholas Category: Blog 0 comments Tags: news, opinion

Student test scores from two Los Angeles-area schools have been thrown out based on evidence of cheating by teachers.   Three teachers at Short Avenue Elementary are accused of correcting answers on student answer sheets or instructing students toward correct answers — or both. A science teacher at Animo Leadership Charter High School is also […]

What It Means to Be a Visual Learner

Sep 01, 2011 by Paul Nicholas Category: Blog 0 comments Tags: news

Does your child use his hands when he tells you about his day? Does he remember faces, but not names? Is he artistic? Well, all those crayon markings on your sparkling white walls could mean your little one is a visual learner. There are three main types of learning styles: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic (or […]