Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
As you decide what - if any - is the best recourse for SAT prep, be sure to consider price, but more importantly, how does your child learn best? In a class setting with a structured curriculum, with an on-line tutor for quick answers, or with a personal, in-home, one-on-one tutor? Answering these questions - while keeping perspective on the significance and relevance of SAT scores - will help prepare you and your child for the hyped-up exam.
Monday, March 16, 2009
There can even be some financial benefits to delaying college a year if it means adding another sibling in college to the household (read: marginal increase in financial aid eligibility) or more federal grant monies authorized by the Obama administration to trickle down to colleges for disbursement.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
The young Obama had a loving relationship with an adult passionate about his future. He also had at least one teacher, his mom, not inclined to put up with any of his crap. President Obama now wants to use student and teacher data to drive education reform. Yet as much as tutors can help students prepare for state and national standardized tests, these data points should not be the sole measure of a student's academic worth. Until we can find assessments that more accurately measure problem-solving skills and critical thinking ability, these exams will only tell part of the picture.
Friday, March 13, 2009
To read a different view of the importance of SATs, check out FairTest's report Test Scores Do Not Equal Merit. Over 815 four-year colleges and universities across the U.S., acting on the belief that "test scores do not equal merit," do not use the SAT or ACT to make admissions decisions about a substantial number of their incoming freshmen classes.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Judy Prothro, a counselor at Los Altos High School, says that students have fewer safety schools, and she sees the stress students feel translating into an increased number of applications. The Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District, and other schoosl across the Peninsula, offers Naviance as a tool for the college research and admissions process. The Naviance program provides a link between school and home with a customized, secure Web site that supports college planning and advising.
- End limits on the number of charter schools while closing those that are not working
- Replace fill-in-the-bubble tests with more sophisticated examinations that better measure problem-solving and critical thinking skills
- Increased pay for teachers who work in math and science and are shown to produce the largest achievement gains over time
- $5 billion investment in Head Start and Early Head Start programs
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
- SAT subject tests will no longer be necessary
- The considered applicant pool will widen, but the number guaranteed entry will shrink
- The top 9 percent of high school graduates statewide will be ensured entry, as well as those in the top 9 percent of their graduating class
In terms of demographics, more Baby Boom children are college-aged, and a higher percentage are applying to college. Combine that with our ultra-competitive culture that emerges when most jobs now require a college degree, and our down-spiraling economy that makes the classroom a better option than the office, and you have an applicant pool wider and deeper than ever before.
Considering (and despite) all these factors, schools are receiving more early admissions applications, giving more in financial aid, and finding new and creative ways of screening applicants (webcams!)...
Friday, March 6, 2009
- Importance of SAT/ACT: despite leading a commission to de-emphasize test scores, Harvard still cares about them
- Score Choice: despite all the criticism, applicants should have the option to present their best test scores
- Financial Aid Overhaul: as a result of their new financial aid guidelines, Harvard saw a 30% increase in admits from households earning less than $80,000 annually.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
This is Tutorpedia’s new blog covering all things college admissions. As a service to our many loyal clients, we realize that many of you invest in academic tutoring with an eye towards helping your child prepare for college and by necessity the college admissions process. It seems each year the process grows more frustrating and confusing; some of this can be attributed to the growing amount of information (and misinformation) available from colleges, industry analysts, and so-called experts. We don’t proclaim to be experts in the field of college admissions. However, what we do seek to accomplish with The Thick Envelope is provide a reliable and well-maintained resource of news links and information from the experts we do know.
So please visit us often, and let us know what you’re looking for. Our goal, just as it’s been Tutorpedia’s goal, is to do whatever we can to help your child succeed in school and beyond.