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Tainted Success: What Happens With My June SAT Score?

This article is a follow up piece to Mark’s original post on the SAT Snafu. By Mark Greenstein and the Ivy Bound / Rising Stars team. Though the SAT administrators did the best thing possible with the mis-directions in some of its June test booklets, many students are anxious.  “My score will be tainted” is…

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On “Gaming the System”

Parents and educators routinely post comments that ACT or SAT prep is “gaming the system”.  No student should feel guilty about gaming.   “Gaming” is simply making use of coaching to improve skills that are improvable.  Students are routinely coached for sports; coaching for cerebral tests are helping themselves just as wholesomely. And ACT/SAT coaching is…

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Stop Bowing to Common Core III

This article is part of a series. Please review Mark’s first and second post regarding Common Core.   Right now, April 2015, the SAT (a GOOD test, one that lets students elevate themselves) is bowing to Common Core. The College Board, which creates the SAT, is abandoning its standards and making its 11th and 12…

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Stop Bowing to Common Core II

This article is a continuation from Mark’s original post regarding Common Core. The most injurious aspect of Common Core is how a desire to help the weakest students is punishing ALL students. The roots of Common Core were to help those “left behind”. But these students were not left behind by a bad curriculum. Weak…

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Stop Bowing to Common Core

The genesis of Common Core is “No Child Left Behind”.  NCLB was meant to address mediocre schools and NCLB has been a failure.   13 years later, the majority of mediocre schools then have not lifted their students to academic excellence. But even if it were implemented well, NCLB and now Common Core exemplify playing…

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