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Is DeVos Sending Mixed Messages on Advanced Courses and Accountability?

Post By: Education Week

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos seems to be sending some confusing signals when it comes to whether states will be allowed to use Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate tests, the SAT, dual-enrollment courses, or career certifications to figure out if students are ready for college and the workforce, some experts say.

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Persida Bujdei: SAT Research Articles

Persida Bujdei, a math teacher from Elk Grove High School, shared her research on the presence of racial bias in the SAT assessment. Her findings are attached in pdf format below.

Analyzing the Presence of Racial Bias in the SAT


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Common Core State Standards has “to end”

"The Common Core State Standards has “to end” because “we have to bring education local.”


**No position on this has been taken by District 214**

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SAT Analysis

The decision was made in District 214 to move from the PARCC assessment to the SAT. Attached is a pdf that offers an analysis of the SAT assessment and how it compares to ACT.

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Illinois ends much-debated PARCC test for high school students

POST BY: Chicago Tribune

Illinois is ditching the controversial state PARCC exam for high school students, instead giving 11th-graders a state-paid SAT college entrance exam next spring.

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Analysis: SAT Assessment



· 140 questions and required essay

· Guessing no longer hurts overall score

· 3 hours and 45 minutes

· Total score out of 2400

· Math accounts for ¼ of overall score

· 10 Sections: 3 Critical Reading, 3 Math, 3 Writing, 1 Experimental


· 215 questions and optional essay (most colleges require it)

· No guessing penalty

· 3 hours and 25 minutes

· Total composite score of 1-36

· Math accounts for 1/3 of overall score

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ACT, SAT, PARCC? What Standardized Assessment Will Students Be Taking This Year?

PARRC, ACT, PSAT, SAT testing - the current plan is as follows:

PARCC – ELA I and Algebra I

ACT – At this point, D214 is planning to administer the ACT to juniors. This might change if the state pays for the SAT.

PSAT 8/9 – for 8th and 9th grade students

SAT (College Board) – We will only administer this test if the state pays for it.

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Illinois considering offering SAT to high school juniors

Post By: Daily Herald

The state of Illinois is closing in on a deal to give high school juniors the SAT college entrance exam next spring, potentially ending decades of regional preference for the ACT exam.

While some suburban school officials say they would welcome the change, they add the state's budget impasse makes it uncertain whether schools might roll out the tests this spring and who would foot the bill.

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SAT Essay Losing Steam Among Admissions Officers

Post: Campus Technology

By Dian Schaffhauser

University admissions officers are ho-hum about the essay question. According to a survey of 300 colleges and universities, only a handful of them will expect applicants to submit their score from the new SAT’s essay section.

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ANALYSIS: Standardized Assessment

- A 2008 research study indicates the possibility that repeated and targeted brain activity to specific parts of the human brain may weaken, or eliminate the use of, other areas of the brain.



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