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Draft Rules on ESSA Provide Testing Protections for Students With Disabilities

Draft Rules on ESSA Provide Testing Protections for Students With Disabilities | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
States would have to prove that students who take the SAT or ACT have the testing accommodations they need.
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SAT Test-Taking Declines in Settings Not Sponsored by States or Districts

SAT Test-Taking Declines in Settings Not Sponsored by States or Districts | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A modest increase in the number of students taking the SAT is fueled largely by state or district programs that offer, or require, the college-entrance exam. Outside those programs, numbers have dropped sharply.
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U.S. Department of Justice Eyes Accommodations on SAT, ACT

U.S. Department of Justice Eyes Accommodations on SAT, ACT | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
In many states, students with disabilities are required to take one of the college-entrance exams, but some can't get the testing accommodations they need.
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New research suggests that SAT under- or overpredicts first-year grades for hundreds of thousands

New research suggests that SAT under- or overpredicts first-year grades for hundreds of thousands | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
New study suggests the SAT may over- or underpredict first-year college grades of hundreds of thousands of students.
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A History Of The SAT In 4 Questions

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The SAT has gone through big changes since 1926. The test reflects the nation's biases and times. Here's our subjective tour of the exam's history — in four questions.
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Everything You Need to Know About the New SAT

Everything You Need to Know About the New SAT | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Here’s what experts say about the redesigned test, based on practice questions. Tip: Go to a good school, and read a lot.
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Statewide SAT Testing in Maine Linked to Boost in College Enrollment

Statewide SAT Testing in Maine Linked to Boost in College Enrollment | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
New research finds there is a 2 to 3 percentage-point bump in college-going rates from statewide SAT testing among high school juniors.
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Maine 11th-graders show mixed results in SAT scores - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Maine 11th-graders show mixed results in SAT scores - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
High school juniors improve their math and writing scores from last year, but reading scores are down. Statewide, students' science scores also are up.
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The Truth Behind the Spin on the Changes to the SAT

The Truth Behind the Spin on the Changes to the SAT | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"Every 10 years, the College Board makes significant changes to the test that has been around since 1926, the test that has been notorious for putting stress on students for generations. " Bev Taylor, who runs The Ivy Coach , has a theory about what really motivates these changes.

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The New SAT: What Are We Really Testing? (Not What You Think)

The New SAT: What Are We Really Testing? (Not What You Think) | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
I enjoy beating tests, but I also think the United States would be better off with a completely different set of college admissions requirements that don't unduly privilege personalities like mine. (After all, no one is more annoying than adults who ...
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A New SAT Aims to Realign With Schoolwork

A New SAT Aims to Realign With Schoolwork | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The College Board said it would eliminate obligatory essays and cut obscure vocabulary words in an effort to make its college admission exams focus on important academic skills.
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Plans for New SAT Spark Mixed Reviews

Plans for New SAT Spark Mixed Reviews | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Will the changes announced on Wednesday make the test better? College counselors and admissions officials are taking a wait-and-see approach.
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We Are Teaching High School Students to Write Terribly

We Are Teaching High School Students to Write Terribly | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"This past Saturday, several hundred thousand prospective college students filed into schools across the United States and more than 170 other countries to take the SAT—$51 registration fees paid, No. 2 pencils sharpened, acceptable calculators at the ready. And as part of the three-hour-and-45–minute ritual, each person taking the 87-year-old test spent 25 minutes drafting a prompt-based essay for the exam’s writing section.

 

This essay, which was added to the SAT in 2005, counts for approximately 30 percent of a test-taker’s score on the writing section, or nearly one-ninth of one’s total score. That may not seem like much, but with competition for spots at top colleges and universities more fierce than ever, performance on a portion of the test worth around 11 percent of the total could be the difference between Stanford and the second tier. So it’s not surprising that students seek strategies and tips that will help them succeed on the writing exercise. Les Perelman, the recently retired former director of MIT’s Writing Across the Curriculum program, has got a doozy.

To do well on the essay, he says, the best approach is to just make stuff up."

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How Asian test-prep companies quickly penetrated the new SAT

How Asian test-prep companies quickly penetrated the new SAT | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
New SAT booklets have leaked on the Internet. The SAT’s security failures are prompting some college officials to question the validity of exam scores.
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Something you should know about the new SAT

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“Students who are aware that the section isn’t scored–in other words, students who’ve received good test advice or preparation (and who will therefore almost certainly be disproportionately from wealthier families)–will have an advantage over students who don’t realize that these sections have no impact on their scores."

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Here's what will change with the new SAT

Here's what will change with the new SAT | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
SAT prep is a multi-billion dollar industry today. Will the redesigned SAT restore its original goal of providing greater access to higher education for a diverse population?
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Will States Swap Standards-Based Tests for SAT, ACT?

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Moving to a college-entrance exam such as the SAT or ACT, which are designed to predict the likelihood of students' success in college, would mean that states had chosen instead to measure college readiness.
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College Board waiving fee for students who took June 6 SAT and want to take it again

College Board waiving fee for students who took June 6 SAT and want to take it again | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A printing error in the June 6 SAT testing booklet used in the United States has caused problems for the College Board, which is discarding two whole sections of the test.
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New SAT, New Problems

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The questions, particularly those in the math sections, could put certain students at a disadvantage.
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Student Performance Stalls on SAT, Improves on AP Tests

Student Performance Stalls on SAT, Improves on AP Tests | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
For the first time, the College Board released data from three of its college-readiness testing programs and the results illuminate some "missed opportunities" for students with academic potential.
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The New SAT: What Will It Look Like for Math?

The New SAT: What Will It Look Like for Math? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Here's a look at what the revisions to the SAT mean for the math portion and what two math experts think of the changes.
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Elizabeth Kolbert: When Grownups Take the SAT

Elizabeth Kolbert: When Grownups Take the SAT | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
At the age of forty-six, Debbie Stier, the author of “The Perfect Score Project: Uncovering the Secrets of the SAT,” decided to devote herself full time to the test, with the goal of achieving the maximum possible score of 2400.
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Can the New SAT Solve the Test's Inequality Problem?

Can the New SAT Solve the Test's Inequality Problem? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
There's currently a 400-point gap between the highest- and lowest-income students.
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SAT scores at Maine high schools show ‘good news, bad news’ | The Kennebec Journal, Augusta, ME

SAT scores at Maine high schools show ‘good news, bad news’  | The Kennebec Journal, Augusta, ME | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Math and reading scores rise, but scores in writing and science drop, and not even half of the students are at grade level.
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http://www.penbaypilot.com/article/new-sat-scores-show-improved-proficiency-math-reading-among-maine-high-school-students/22430

http://stateandcapitol.bangordailynews.com/2013/10/16/new-sat-data-shows-more-than-half-of-high-school-juniors-still-testing-below-grade-level/

http://www.kjonline.com/maine_high_school_math_and_reading_sat_scores.html

http://www.kjonline.com/maine_high_school_science_and_writing_sat_scores.html

 

 

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