While the U.S. Education Department believes that standardized testing provides important data on student learning and success, critics argue that these tests have never been a valid or reliable measure of what students know or are able to do, and that they are especially unreliable now. NPR reports that “high-stakes standardized tests administered during the global health crisis should not determine a student’s future”.
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Parents and coaches have long known how important sports are to students. The pandemic has taken away a healthy outlet for many and, for others, ruined hopes of recruitment. Although the CDC has stated that academics should be a priority as schools consider re-opening, those recommendations aren’t always being followed at the local level.
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The number of students taking SAT Subject Tests has been steadily declining, and so for many, it was no surprise when the College Board decided to discontinue the tests along with the SAT with essay. While this change may be a step in the right direction, many remain unsure about how the decision will impact the admissions process going forward. Will more selective colleges choose to implement an alternate testing requirement? Will admissions professionals lean more heavily on the AP test score?
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If you need more financial aid than you are offered, you are not alone! 60% of financial aid offices experienced an increase in appeal requests in 2020 and experts expect the trend to continue.
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Recent test data of 4.4 million US students positively shows online learning has had little impact on reading and has only somewhat slowed gains in math. Unfortunately, nearly 25% of students didn’t take the MAP test this year, and these students are “more likely to be black and brown, more likely to be from high-poverty schools and more likely to have lower performance in the first place.”

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