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Accuplacer Prep Recommendations

Accuplacer practice materials from Merit have a strong track record of success. Tests covered include: Accuplacer Sentence Skils, Accuplacer Essay Writing, and Accuplacer Reading Comprehension

Three Reasons Your Use of Ed-Tech May Have Failed … and How to Fix It!

There are many factors that go into the successful implementation of an educational software product, according to a recently published study.  The study’s authors looked at the impact of state-of- the-art technology tools used in higher education classes. They focused on the following issues: 1) Strategy. It is important to note that educators use the[…]

Recommendations for English Language Learners (ELLs)

  Almost five million students in the United States public education system are English Language Learners (ELLs). The percentage of ELLs graduating high school within four years trails other subgroups such as pupils from low-income families and students with disabilities. Reaching all of America’s students includes meeting the needs of diverse learners that possess a wide variance[…]

Education for the “New Majority”

The American education system needs to readjust its priorities and serve what Bill Gates, in a recent speech, called the “new majority.” Who are the “new majority”? Students who graduate from high school, but are unprepared for college attend college, but do not receive a credential in six years start their higher education after the[…]

Are Schools Acting Smart About Literacy?

  According to a new report from the Brown Center on Educational Policy, states that have adopted Common Core standards are likely to see a de-emphasis in use of fiction materials and increased use of nonfiction materials in language classes. This is in accordance with the Common Core recommendations. NAEP test scores have been lower,[…]

Improving Adult Literacy with Technology

According to the Barbara Bush Foundation, which has established a competition challenging teams of developers, educators, engineers, and innovators to create mobile literacy learning applications for adult learners, 36 million U.S. adults lack basic English literacy. Low-literate adults have difficulty with such things as reading over-the-counter medicine labels, completing a job application, opening a bank[…]

Preparing Students for High School English

Educators are always interested in learning more about ways to intervene and assist with students. Here at Merit we receive many inquiries about our products from teachers who wish to find new ways to improve learning. A recent message came from a teacher who is working with students in a newly developed general English course[…]

Preventing Fadeout in Interventions

“Persistence and Fadeout in the Impacts of Child and Adolescent Interventions,” a new research paper that has gotten a lot of attention in the education press, the authors conclude that when interventions target cognitive skills or behaviors, capacities or beliefs, promising impacts at the end of programs often fade out quickly. On the other hand,[…]

Expanding Educational Opportunities for Older Students

Most programs that address the high school dropout issue have focused on dropout prevention or dropout recovery of young people. When an individual passes the dropout recovery age, the age at which state funding for dropout recovery ends (about 16), the high school diploma becomes very difficult to attain. This situation is exacerbated by recent[…]

Can The Rise Of College Student Dropout Rates Be Stopped?

Only 55 percent of first-time U.S. college students in 2008 completed a degree in 6 years, according to a recent report by the National Student Clearinghouse. This poor performance impacts not only the future of students but of institutions themselves. Ranking, reputation, and the bottom line can be affected. To stem the dropout rate, many[…]

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