We are pleased to report Merit made the 250-vote eligibility threshold for the Chase Mission Main Street grant. Thanks to all who voted for us on Facebook. The winners will be announced in January.
Of course, we hope to win, but even it we don’t, we will continue to go onward and upward in developing the best tools to help students and teachers.
The transition to the Common Core has been controversial and poorly handled, particularly when it comes to teacher evaluations and new standardized tests.
However, the harsh reality is that reading scores in the U.S. have not improved in 20 years.
Concerns about the ability of today’s U.S. high school graduates to fill skilled jobs and compete in the global marketplace have been raised again due to the 2013 results on the country’s most widely used college entrance exams.
Even 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.
“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.
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.
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.
Experts and educators say the transition to college can be difficult for first-generation collegians and students from struggling inner-city schools, according to a recent Washington Post article.
The transition to college was difficult said one D.C. graduate because she didn’t have to write very much in high school. The student, who was her class valedictorian, explains: “I didn’t really research anything.”
Merit has now made it easier and more affordable for educational organizations to increase academic achievement.
Effective immediately, Merit’s subscription-based, online learning programs allow tutors and teachers to drop and add students, at no cost. Continue reading
U.S. public school systems have graduated hundreds of thousands of students in the past decade who couldn’t read, write or solve math problems well enough to take some college-level courses.