Foster a Love for Reading

Published on Thursday, August 8th, 2019 by

ACT Chalk Talk #34 Written by: Taylor Causey  “A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.”-Mark Twain With summer wrapping up, there’s one thing all English teachers around the nation are just itching to discover… Yep, you guessed it: it’s whether or not their students completed the assigned summer reading. […]

Four Reasons Prep Can’t Happen

Published on Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 by

ACT Chalk Talk #33 Written by: Craig Gehring, Founder and CEO of MasteryPrep Is there a vacation in your far-off dreams, always on the horizon, seemingly never getting closer? Always pushed back by the relentless currents of time and resources and priorities? That vacation is proof that “one day” can all too easily mean “never.” The […]

Combating Summer Learning Loss

Published on Wednesday, July 24th, 2019 by

ACT Chalk Talk #32 Written by: Craig Gehring, Founder and CEO of MasteryPrep As summer ends and students return to the classroom, your teachers may find themselves having to re-teach content that they dedicated countless hours to previously. Many students will lose at least a month’s worth of learning during the summer (Polikoff, 2017), and, therefore, start […]

Test Anxiety Destroys Test Scores

Published on Wednesday, June 5th, 2019 by

ACT Chalk Talk #26 Test anxiety destroys test scores and causes even top-performing students to struggle. Cognitive psychology provides an interesting method for reducing text anxiety. Watch this chalk talk (8:54) to learn more: Click here: Feel free to share with your teachers. Looking for summer professional development opportunities for your teachers? Check out our […]

Four-I’s and the ACT

Published on Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 by

ACT Chalk Talk #23 What’s the best way to conduct ACT prep? “Four-I’s” reminds us of best practices that are essential to success: 1: INTERACTIVE Test prep all too easily tends toward “drill and kill.” Nothing is dryer and less engaging than practice questions followed by practice questions followed by practice questions. Every unit should […]

How to Get Ten Extra Minutes on the ACT Math Test

Published on Monday, February 18th, 2019 by

ACT Chalk Talk #13 The way you prepare for your upcoming test date can make all the difference. How much would your score improve if you had an extra ten minutes on the ACT Math section? By pacing yourself, and by practicing in order to improve your speed, you can grab an extra ten minutes or […]

Tips to Get Ready for Test Day

Published on Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 by

ACT Chalk Talk #12 The way you prepare for your upcoming test date can make all the difference. Here are a few essentials to keep in mind: Sleep is key for a higher ACT score. Many students feel like they are in pain by the time they get to the last test section. They are completely exhausted! […]

What’s New on the LEAP 2025 Algebra I Test?

Published on Thursday, February 8th, 2018 by

To put together our new LEAP 2025 Algebra I Boot Camp, we dissected the state’s released practice test and assessment guides. Here’s a high-level overview of our findings. The Louisiana Department of Education has done a great job breaking down the test and its contents with its assessment guide, so much of what I provide […]

Arkansas ESSA School Index Scores and the New SQSS for High Schools

Published on Thursday, February 8th, 2018 by

In this article, you’ll find a brief description of the new School Quality and Student Success metric (SQSS) and the eleven components that go into calculating it. You’ll also learn about how important each component is for your overall SQSS score. We also discuss preliminary strategy considerations for maximizing SQSS. The Arkansas Department of Education […]