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Common Core: The Lego Kit of Education

Steve Nelson | Posted 08.22.2015 | Education
Steve Nelson

Children who play with piles of Legos, inventing and building as they wish, exhibit far more long-term creativity than children who build things from Lego kits. Rearranging Legos from a messy pile is a better learning experience than working from a kit with directions (unless you're in a hurry and hope to use the finished Lego product as a household appliance).

Whitewashed History Is Unpatriotic

Steve Nelson | Posted 08.13.2015 | Politics
Steve Nelson

"All lives matter" is a trite rejoinder to "black lives matter" and diminishes the ugly reality of racism. It is a classic and childish false equivalence. Of course "all lives matter." But white lives have never "not mattered."

States Receive Grants To Lower Costs Of AP Tests

AP | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Education Department is announcing $28.4 million in grants to 38 states, Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands to reduce cos...

Historians and Teachers Angry Over Advanced Placement Flip-Flop

Alan Singer | Posted 08.12.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Left-leaning historians and high school social studies teachers are furious over the announced changes in curriculum for Advanced Placement United States History classes. They charge College Board succumbed to political pressure from the right, and of course they are correct.

After Facing Backlash, AP U.S. History Course Revised To Emphasize American Ideals

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics

After facing months of intense scrutiny over a new Advanced Placement U.S. History (APUSH) course outline that some conservatives perceived as contain...

Make Sure Your Freshman Gets a Money-Smart College Start

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 07.29.2015 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

You've worked to train your children in money management, but college brings a whole new level of financial decision-making and challenges. So before they are off on their own, review these topics to make sure they're ready.

Early Look at 2016 SAT Practice Materials Raise Concerns

Alex Mallory | Posted 06.29.2015 | Education
Alex Mallory

The new SAT is not a bad test, but it is not yet polished. Given its numerous similarities to the ACT, therefore, students currently heading into their junior years will find the ACT a more reliable option for prep work.

New SAT: A Biased Exam In A Biased World

Josh Stephens | Posted 06.02.2015 | College
Josh Stephens

Today, the long-awaited redesign of the SAT exam takes a step forward with the debut of Khan Academy's online SAT preparation program. The redesign responds, in part, to some harrowing shortcomings of the current iteration of the exam.

Let's Sue Harvard and End Illegal Preferences in College Admission

Steve Nelson | Posted 06.02.2015 | College
Steve Nelson

Let's have a lawsuit where all the "different" learners, visionaries, poets, iconoclasts, artists and musicians come together and sue Harvard for giving illegal preference to applicants who brandish their relatively unimportant test scores. That's a lawsuit I'd join.

Want To Know How You Would Do On The New SAT?

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics

The College Board and Khan Academy unveiled a new set of tools Tuesday designed to make it easier for kids to study for the new SAT. The resources inc...

New Partnership Highlights Importance of College and Career Readiness

Vince Bertram | Posted 05.15.2015 | Education
Vince Bertram

What does it mean to be college and career ready? It is often cited as the desired outcome for K-12 education, although too few students leave high school fully prepared for college or the workforce.

2016 SAT: The Latest Research and Analysis

Alex Mallory | Posted 06.22.2015 | Education
Alex Mallory

The 2016 SAT is content-based, with less emphasis on logic than the current SAT. Math problems are more likely to look like problems that could appear in a school math class and less like logic puzzles.

Skip the SAT? Why?

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 06.09.2015 | College
Patrick O'Connor

I can't believe people are getting nervous about an exam that's going to be rolled out next month but not given until next year. Consider this.

FAFSA Primer: How to Navigate Through the College Aid Maze

Jason Alderman | Posted 05.11.2015 | Money
Jason Alderman

Whether you're a parent with a child currently in diapers or a student planning to graduate from high school fairly soon, it is worthwhile to study the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) -- a 130-question form that determines who qualifies for a piece of $150 billion in federal grants, loans and work-study funds -- well in advance.

7 Largest US Districts To Teach Computer Science

ASSOCIATED PRESS | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The seven largest school districts in the U.S. are joining more than 50 others to start offering introductory computer science to a...

An Ovation for Jefferson County

Josh Stephens | Posted 01.29.2015 | College
Josh Stephens

You know the moment when you ready yourself to leap to your feet at the end of a symphony, only to hear that glimmer of a violin note that keeps you glued to your seat and safe from mortification? That was me a few weeks ago at the College Board Forum.

13 Important Things To Remember Before You Freak Out About The SAT

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 11.07.2014 | Teen

News flash: the SAT is not fun -- but you already knew that. Taking the test can be really stressful and it can feel like the be-all and end-all o...

College Board's Thoughts on Your PSAT Tweets

Vanessa Kuhlor | Posted 12.31.2014 | Teen
Vanessa Kuhlor

The day of Wednesday's test #PSAT was the number one trending topic on twitter. I got in contact with the College Board to see just how they felt and this is what they said.

Higher Ed Is Getting STEAM-y

Josh Stephens | Posted 12.29.2014 | College
Josh Stephens

I love the arts. Sure, they've never cured cancer or delivered my groceries. But they have never wreaked havoc with the climate or threatened to vaporize a city either. I'm glad that the nation's arbiters of education have finally discovered. But I also love every other discipline.

Dear College Board, A Change Needs To Be Made

Avi Sholkoff | Posted 12.21.2014 | Teen
Avi Sholkoff

This is a letter demanding a change to the environment and culture surrounding your test. Standardized testing has shifted from a mere requirement to a game. Whoever finds the best tutor or class wins the game. These students attend the college of their dreams.

Stop the Cheating: An Open Letter to the College Board and ACT

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 12.14.2014 | Education
Rebecca Joseph

Honest kids suffer in so many ways because of unregulated test sites. They work so hard, and then other kids cheat, reducing the impact of their scores, statistically and psychologically. When agencies hold back scores, these honest kids get punished a second time.

Joy Resmovits

'Flat And Stagnant' SAT Scores Ahead Of Major Test Redesign | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics

SAT scores for the class of 2014 averaged a 497 in reading, 513 in math and 487 in writing -- about the same as the last few years, according to a rep...

Historians Should Honor Protesting Colorado Students

Peter Dreier | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The brave Colorado high school students who are protesting their school board's attempt to rewrite their American history curriculum are doing all Americans a favor. They are reminding us of the importance of dissent and protest in our nation's history.

These Are The States Where Kids Do Best On AP Exams

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics

When it comes to advanced placement exams, kids in some states fare far better than those in other states. A new map compiled by research engine Fi...

Duncan Funnels Millions To College Board

Peter Greene | Posted 10.18.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

What do low-income students get out of this? A chance to take an AP test. Not, mind you, more resources to get ready for it, nor do they get help with actually going to a college after taking the test (which may or may not give them any help once they get in).