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Archive for May, 2011

Common Core for Social Studies?

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

No doubt you have heard about the “Common Core” standards being developed for English and Math. But could the same be on the horizon for social studies? Last week, social studies experts from 18 states met in Charlotte, North Carolina, to discuss ways to improve the prominence of their discipline in the national discourse. But does this mean that national standards are on the horizon? Not necessarily. This article sheds some light on the meeting.

So what do you think: common standards for social studies?

Password Reminder

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Teachers, if you know that some students will be using USATestprep this summer, now is a good time to have them print off a password card, just in case they forget their login information. (You might also suggest that they email themselves the information.) This link can be found in the “Student Resources” box on the right side of their Home page. Also, if YOU plan on using it this summer, you can also print off a password card. Just click on the link found in the “Teacher Resources” box, also on the right side of YOUR Home page.

Survey Results

Friday, May 13th, 2011

We would like to thank the over 7,400, students and teachers who participated in our Annual User Survey. While we are still parsing through all of the results, 99.26% of respondents said that they felt USATestprep helped their students.  A beneficial user experience is our primary focus, and knowing that this is a reality for you makes us happy. However, we are not resting on our laurels.

This summer we will be developing new content and, based on previous and current teacher feedback, adding new components to our site. We may say it frequently, but we mean it each time: user feedback really DOES make the site better for everyone.

And finally, here are our winners from the drawing of survey participants:
Teachers: Ann C. (Foley, AL), Jody C. (Decatur, TX), and Sandra L. (Franklin Co., MS).
Students: Demetres A. (West Craven HS, NC), Ali H. (Hightower HS, TX), and Marquette S. (Glenn Hills HS, GA).

Again, thanks for taking the time to give us the thoughtful and detailed feedback that we received. Good luck on the last weeks of the school year!

“Don’t Fail Me”

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

CNN will be highlighting education in “Education In America: Don’t Fail Me,” airing May 15 at 8pm EST. The show will be highlighting the state of math and science education in the United States and how we compare to other Industrial countries. The network offers supplementary materials on its website that can be used in the classroom. Those, and additional information, can be found on the “InAmerica” section of the CNN website and at this address.
Let us know what you think about the topic and/or about the show.

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