Categories for External Influences

The SAT is to be redesigned for 2016

March 10, 2014

The College Board announced a major revision of the SAT college admission test. The redesigned SAT will no longer require an essay, place less emphasis on certain vocabulary, as well as return to the 1600-point scoring scale. This is the second major revision of the SAT in its 88-year history. The College Board’s refurbishment of the SAT is intended to provide greater opportunities for students from lower socio-economic backgrounds. The College Board is also taking on the test-preparation industry that sells materials and courses at high costs to help students raise their scores. The College Board will offer free online tutorials to help students train for the SAT.



Sleep and Student Achievement

February 29, 2012

A study published in the Eastern Economic Journal examines the importance of sleep and standardized test scores. The study, Sleep and Student Achievement, authored by Eric R Eide and Mark H Showalter also looked at the issue of how sleep and student performance changes with age.

The results show a statistically significant relationship between sleep and test scores for students across the United States aged 10 to 19. They determined age-adjusted sleep patterns that are associated with maximum test scores. The results show a significant relationship with the most beneficial amount of time varying by age. This ranged from 9-9.5 hours for 10-year-olds to 7 hours for 16-year-olds.

This study offers important guidance to parents on assuring their children have the optimum sleep to perform well on tests. The fact that standardized tests play an increasingly important role in a persons success in elementary, high school, college, as well as influence life long financial success makes it especially important that parents pay attention to the amount of sleep their children receive.



Impact of Single-Sex Schools in Question

November 15, 2011

Impact of Single-Sex Schools in Question 

A recently published report in the September 2011 issue of the journal Science, questions the effectiveness of Singe-Sex education for improving student Read More…