US students’ math scores still fall in the middle of the pack internationally. How can parents help?

According to a new Pew Research Center article, “While U.S. students are scoring higher on national math assessments than they did two decades ago…  they still rank around the middle of the pack in international comparisons, and behind many other advanced industrial nations.”

Here are the average scores of 15-year-olds taking the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment:

Math stats

Not satisfied with these numbers? Neither are we!

To help, since 1985, Back to Basics Learning Dynamics has been the tri-state area’s undisputed leader in 1-on-1 instruction in over subjects, including math at all levels. Our services are offered throughout the …

What do the new Smarter Balanced State Assessment results mean for Delaware students?

delaware educationThe statewide assessment results recently released provide a snapshot of how Delaware students are performing in English language arts and mathematics. The results are the first ever scores for the Smarter Balanced Assessment test, which is aligned with the Common Core standards.

Statewide, only  slightly more than half of students in third through eighth grades and in grade 11 were “proficient’ or better in English. In math, just under 39 percent were statewide.

More than four million students took the field test that was used to set expectations for how students would perform when Smarter Balanced was first offered last …

Eats, shoots, and leaves? National Punctuation Day is September 24!

1-on-1 tutoring, young girlNational Punctuation Day is a day set aside to honor the proper use of punctuation marks. Founded by Jeff Rubin in 2004, National Punctuation Day promotes the correct usage of punctuation and is sure to make Language Arts teachers happy!

Take a look at how punctuation makes a huge difference in meaning here:

  • Woman, without her man, is nothing. VERSUS Woman: without her, man is nothing.
  • Eats shoots and leaves. VERSUS Eats, shoots, and leaves.
  • Most of the time, travellers worry about their luggage. VERSUS Most of the time travellers worry about their luggage.
  • Let’s eat, grandpa. VERSUS Let’s eat

Back to Basics Learning Dynamics has numerous translating job openings throughout Delaware and southeastern Pennsylvania!

corporate learning & trainingBack to Basics employs translators in 16 languages, all of whom are experienced professionals holding Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate degrees. Translators are selected for each assignment based on a client’s expressed need, goals and schedules.

Translating may be necessary for books, documents, manuals, web pages, correspondence, labels, annual reports, and more. Back to Basics Learning Dynamics, Inc. is a member of the American Translators Association.

Current translating positions open include:

Arabic translators needed in New Castle, Kent, and Sussex Counties. Work will be on an as needed basis. Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree. Translating experience of 1+ years …

Back to Basics Learning Dynamics named to The Philadelphia 100

philly100-logoHere we “grow” again! Back to Basics Learning Dynamics, Inc. was recently named to The Philadelphia 100 as one of the fastest growing companies in the region!

Since 1988, The Philadelphia 100 has been the hallmark of entrepreneurial achievement. The project, which is run by the Wharton Small Business Development Center, The Entrepreneurs’ Forum of Greater Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Business Journal, identifies and honors the 100 fastest growing, privately held entrepreneurial companies in the Greater Philadelphia Area. Since it’s founding, The Philadelphia 100 has recognized some of the region’s finest companies as they were just beginning to emerge, including: …