Everything you need to know about the changes to the SAT test

state agencies for educationThe world needs more people who can solve problems, communicate clearly, and understand complex relationships. To help meet that need, the College Board has redesigned the SAT Suite of Assessments to focus more on the knowledge, skills, and understanding that research shows are essential for college and career readiness and success.

These focused tests — the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9 — will have a stronger connection to classroom learning and inspire productive practice.

SAT Key Dates

  • September 2015: PSAT 8/9 first administered
  • October 2015: Redesigned PSAT/NMSQT first administered
  • February 2016: PSAT 10 first administered
  • March 2016:

Sneak a little learning in! Everyday “tricks” to keep Summer Brain Drain away!

Students at Back to Basics LearningAccording to a study by Dr. Harris Cooper, professor of psychology at the University of Missouri-Columbia, “when students return to school after a long summer vacation, they’ve lost one to three months worth of learning. The study, which was outlined in an article on summer learning for FamilyEducation.com, is troubling for many parents.

So, how best to combat dreaded Summer Brain Drain?  Keeping your child somewhat structured and keeping to a schedule, even though it’s summer, is essential. And, don’t forget to “sneak in” some fun learning opportunities!

Here are some subject-specific suggestions::


  • Pick a sports team to

Read to succeed… and your kids will, too!

basketsDid you know that 2/3 of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare? Or, that over 70% of America’s inmates cannot read above a 4th grade level?

It may be hard to believe, but 1 in 4 children in America grow up without learning how to read. And as of 2011, America was the only free-market OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) country where the current generation was less well educated than the previous one.

Literacy is a learned skill. Illiteracy is passed down from parents who …

Academic Enrichment Opportunities: How to spark a passion for a new subject in your child!

Did you know…

  • Stephanie Wilson of the 2006 NASA Discovery Crew developed an interest in space travel at age 13?
  • Renowned surgeon Dr. Ben Carson dreamed of becoming a doctor before he entered the 5th grade?
  • Condoleezza Rice was a piano prodigy who credits the long hours of practice and pursuit of perfection with her later success?

What do all three have in common? Academic Enrichment. The opportunity for students to learn more – about nature, space, art, music, or any other topic – can light a spark that may change the course of their life!

This summer, Back …

How does teaching style impact your student’s learning experience?

Cute little boy with bookNow that the school year has wrapped up, it’s a good time to reflect on the hits — and misses — of the year. Did your child abhor subjects he previous loved? Sometimes, subject matter isn’t the only factor in such a situation. What really might be happening is disconnect in teaching and learning styles.

It makes sense that if an instructor’s teaching style matches a child’s learning style, the student will learn better, retain more, be more enthused, and perform at a level that is satisfactory or greater.

And, just as there are multiple learning styles, there are also …