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Category Archives: Student Achievement/School Performance

SAT and ACT Score Percentile Ranking

 

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Starting a College Planning Book Club

Activity: Starting a College Planning Book Club Through our work with schools and school districts throughout the United States and in Bermuda we are providing important college admissions and financial aid guidance to thousands of students and parents. However, there … Continue reading

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ACT College Readiness 2012: African Americans

Why focus on demographically identifiable subgroups? One of the challenges in my work with schools, faith-based organizations, and community agencies is to get them to take a holistic view of student achievement within the context of demographically identifiable subgroups. By … Continue reading

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Hidden Benefits of Good Schools

I recently wrote about the huge disparities in ACT scores between the top performing and lowest performing high schools (based on their ACT Composite scores) in the Cobb County Georgia School District. Other than this district being where my children … Continue reading

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Parent Involvement is the Clearest Predictor of College Access

The Texas Comprehensive Center Briefing Paper on Parent and Community Involvement in a College/Career-Ready Culture notes: “The literature on parent and community involvement is extensive. However, there is little rigorous, experimental research; rather, the literature consists primarily of descriptive case … Continue reading

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National Achievement Scholarship

National Achievement Scholarship Program The National Achievement® Scholarship Program is an academic competition established in 1964 to provide recognition for outstanding Black American high school students. Black students may enter both the National Achievement Program and the National Merit® Program by … Continue reading

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National Merit Scholarship

National Merit Scholarship Program The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®)–a test which serves … Continue reading

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Increasing Black Male College Access and Success

The illustration above is from the National Black Male College Achievement Study by Penn University Professor Shaun R. Harper, Ph.D., “Black Male Student Success in Higher Education.” The study provides a different research perspective as to the plight of Black … Continue reading

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What is Your Child Learning?

As we approach the winter break, after the first of the year, most students will be receiving their first semester report cards. Parents should sit down with their children and carefully review their grades and the type of classes that … Continue reading

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