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 …