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 […]

Mini-Tests for Pacing Practice

Published on Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 by

During the weeks leading up to your mandated test date, students should practice pacing until it becomes second nature. The more intuitive pacing becomes, the less students will be watching the clock and the more likely they’ll be to focus on the test, remember test-taking strategies, and tackle difficult problems. Remember, mini-tests can be more […]

The Secret to ACT Pacing

Published on Monday, February 5th, 2018 by

Mini-tests can be a powerful tool to develop student time-management skills. While one full-length ACT at the outset of a prep class can be very beneficial, it does not leave much room for coaching. By the end of the test, students are exhausted. They don’t remember what happened or what they were thinking at the […]

Commonly Missed Math and Science ACT Questions…

Published on Tuesday, January 30th, 2018 by

…that your students should be getting right Last week we examined two commonly missed skills in English and Reading. This week, let’s dig into content students struggle with on the Math and Science section of the ACT. Math: Factors The ACT Math test is really clever at assessing standards in an atypical way. In fact, […]

Debunking ACT Myths Part 2

Published on Tuesday, January 30th, 2018 by

This post is the second of a two-part series on busting ACT myths. You can read the first post here. Myth 5: Taking the ACT multiple times can harm your chances of getting into college. This myth stems from the old practice many colleges and universities used to follow of averaging ACT scores. Nowadays, it’s […]

Commonly Missed English and Reading ACT Questions…

Published on Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 by

…that your students should be getting right. The ACT is full of challenging questions testing skills students may not have mastered during their high school career. However, there are a number of question types that simply appear to be more challenging than they really are. It’s important to remind students that the ACT often complicates fairly […]

Debunking ACT Myths Part 1

Published on Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 by

Myths can be tough to bust. They seem logical, and when repeated enough times by enough people, they begin to sound quite reasonable. But they’re inaccurate, and those that apply to the ACT can completely derail all your best efforts to put your students on the right track to doing well on the test. In […]

What’s New in ACT WorkKeys

Published on Thursday, January 18th, 2018 by

What’s in the New ACT WorkKeys Test? For over a year, ACT has hinted at new WorkKeys tests. We’ve known about changes to names, item counts, and time limits, but ACT has finally released a practice test in the new format, and I analyzed the new items last week. The changes can be summarized in […]

How to Use ACT Conversion Tables for Precision Goal Setting

Published on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 by

The road to becoming a better test taker begins with understanding how the ACT measures performance. Students who know how the ACT is scored have a huge advantage: they are able to set concrete goals about the number of questions they need to answer correctly and, as a result, they suffer less test anxiety, improve […]

Score Goals: How Getting Specific Helps Make It Happen

Published on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 by

Students are more likely to reach their score goals when they are concrete and well-defined. Therefore, when they say, “I want to go to college,” ask them, “What college?” If you hear, “I want to get a higher score,” ask, “What score?” The more specific students are about their goals, the more likely they are […]