Increasing College Opportunity for Low-Income Students

Top 32 Tips to help students teaching at-risk studentsAcademic achievement by 8th grade is the largest predictor of college success according to the recent White House report “Increasing College Opportunity for Low-Income Students.”

Merit has a strong track record of improving academic performance in elementary and middle school. The programs also help older students who have not mastered 8th level skills get on-track.

In Merit reading comprehension programs students acquire vocabulary through context, draw conlusions based on relevant information, and learn to find the main idea in a text.

Merit’s Punch writing programs help students write clear, descriptive sentences, organize ideas, and develop paragraphs and essays.

Grammar Fitness helps students with tenses, usage, irregular noun plurals, correction split constructions, and the like.

Click here to read the report “Increasing College Opportunity for Low-Income Students”

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New Research Says Grades, Not SATs, Predict College Success

A recent study involving 33 private colleges and universities and the records of 123,000  students and alumni indicates that students who have low or modest SAT-type test scores but good high school grades do better in college than those with good scores but modest grades.

Merit products are known for improving academic performance in schools. The programs develop critical thinking and academic skills.

Merit’s Punch writing programs help students write clear, descriptive sentences, organize ideas, and develop paragraphs and essays.

Grammar Fitness helps students with tenses, usage, irregular noun plurals, correcting split constructions, and the like.

In Merit reading programs students acquire vocabulary through context, draw conclusions based on relevant information, and learn to find the main idea in a text.

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Merit upgrades to new servers

Merit Software is pleased to announce that it recently completed server upgrades to its Merit Online Learning platform.

The upgrades have moved Merit Online to a new cloud-hosting platform on which the software runs at least three times faster than before. Many issues that had affected students’ ability to use the programs were also addressed and fixed.

As Merit Online attracts more users, the company wants to expand its infrastructure capabilities. By upgrading the servers, the company has taken steps toward meeting the needs of students, who use the software in a variety of educational settings.

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Thank You for Your Votes

Merit Logo TransWe are pleased to report Merit made the 250-vote eligibility threshold for the Chase Mission Main Street grant.

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Simple Truths about the Common Core

Top 32 Tips to help students teaching at-risk studentsThe transition to the Common Core has been controversial and poorly handled,

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College Readiness Concerns

Merit Software Open PunchConcerns about the ability of today?s

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New Research Points to Benefits of Reading on Digital Devices

Holding E-book readerEven as e-readers are growing in popularity as convenient alternatives to paper books, it is becoming more and more apparent that convenience is not their only benefit.

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Capable Resources for English and the Common Core

Schoolboy in high school class?Finding adequate Common Core resources is the main challenge looming over states? efforts to prepare districts, schools, principals and teachers,? says Diane Stark Rentner, deputy director of national programs for the Center for Educational Progress.

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How to Improve Teenage Reading Scores

Reading scores for 17 teen year olds have not improved since the 1970′s according to the NAEP (Nation’s Assessment of Educational Progress) released last month.

Scores have improved for 9 and 13 year olds, but the gains have been small.

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Funding Opportunity for U.S. Non-Profits

Last week, a leading U.S. foundation announced its intention to fund promising programs to improve career opportunities for teens and adults.

A deployment of Merit literacy software appears to fit within the foundation?s criteria.

The deadline to apply is August 9th. Applicants may apply for amounts between $25,000 and $250,000 for one year.

Interested parties should contact Merit for additional information.

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