Give your students every chance to qualify as National Merit Scholars! The new PSAT practice test from USATestprep prepares students to succeed with content that mirrors the official PSAT exam. Keep Reading »

Atlanta, GA - June 18, 2019 - USATestprep, a national leader in performance-based, standards-aligned curriculum and assessments for grades 3-12, announced today the launch of the company’s new Illinois 8th grade comprehensive science (ISA) practice review.

Written by teachers and aligned to the most current Illinois standards, this comprehensive “mega-test” provides unsurpassed curriculum mastery to help teachers prepare their students for high-stakes testing and assessment and offers:

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In spring 2020, Data Recognition Corp. (DRC) will be replacing Scantron as the permanent assessment administrator for the “Heart of Dixie” state.

Alabama testing standards aren’t changing, but the state’s assessment administrator is changing hands. The Alabama Scantron Performance Assessment Tests were designed in 2017 to replace Alabama’s ACT Aspire and ARMT exams. Scantron, however, was never meant to be a permanent assessment administrator for the state …

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What we learn in each grade can differ across states. To guarantee that all schools in the same state meet certain requirements, there are academic standards. In the state of Indiana, the Indiana State Board of Education has created and implemented the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress Plus (ISTEP+) for grade 10. Requirement for Graduation The ISTEP+ exams are so important for consistency across the state that the Indiana …

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In 2013, the state of Texas recognized that too many of its college students were not academically ready for college-level classes. In an effort to address this problem, the State Education Department introduced the Texas Success Initiative (TSI). Evaluating the areas of reading, writing, and math, the TSI gives prospective colleges an idea of how academically successful you might be. Based on performance, a student might be placed in either …

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There are many paths students may take as they leave high school. One option is to take the ACT WorkKeys tests and earn a National Career Readiness Certificate. The WorkKeys CRC can be a stepping stone towards enriching careers for new graduates. The certificate is earned by successful completion of the three ACT WorkKeys assessments: Applied Math, Graphic Literacy, and Workplace Documents. Students can also choose to take the Applied …

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Texas schools assess student achievement starting in third grade with the STAAR program. The program was implemented in 2012 to help assess student understanding. Early achievement can be a good indicator of later success. For that reason, helping your student improve their STAAR scores can put them on the road to college enrollment. The test assesses reading and mathematics for students in grades three through eight. For students grades four …

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Competition to enter the job market or be admitted to colleges is increasing every year. More international students are gaining entry into top US universities. At the same time, top sectors of job growth in the STEM arena are constantly expanding and searching for qualified candidates. However, American students are losing out on those jobs at startling rates. To help students compete and reach the necessary benchmarks, states have been …

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With all the requirements needed to get into a good college and on the right track, sometimes it's hard to focus on any one thing. Students need extracurriculars, sports, clubs, languages, volunteer work and more just to be competitive when they apply for college. And let's not forget high grade-point averages, SAT and ACT scores, and AP courses. With everything your student needs to keep track of, it …

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Teachers have real challenges ahead of them each year when it comes to helping students succeed in school. Earning a diploma and moving on to higher education are increasingly important each year. Without these markers for aptitude, graduates are hard pressed to find gainful employment. Students who graduate ill-prepared for college are unlikely to pursue higher education and later find satisfactory employment. For that reason, the Arkansas Department of Education …

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The USATestprep content team has been very busy this winter adding resources to better match your state’s tests. Below is a list of some of the things that we have accomplished recently. We’ve added hundreds of each of these: New “Choose All” style Technology-Enhanced Performance Tasks, sometimes called “Multi-Select" New questions authored across our most widely-accessed standards New and newly-improved instructional videos New free response/essay style questions …

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The story of each individual’s math education can be represented, in stages, by the sets of numbers which he or she has used as a universe of discourse. A universe of discourse is best thought of, in math terms, as the largest set of numbers being talked about -- i.e., the set of numbers from which all solutions to problems and equations must be drawn. In the beginning, we …

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Any of us around on that day in 2001 remember the emotion and uncertainty of those first few hours. Our students, though, have no such memories. All they know they will come from their parents, from us, from YouTube, or from elsewhere. So what to do? How to convey not just the heartbreak and bewilderment but - most importantly - the facts and the hindsight that time affords? Well, as professional teachers …

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As you know, USATestprep will be removing access to the out-of-date GPS-aligned Georgia science and social studies resources, grades 3-12. Due to current usage of these resources, we are modifying our deprecation schedule. Full access to these resources will remain until we put a few new features in place. First, assignments and benchmarks aligned to the old standards will be conspicuously labeled. Teachers will still be able to view these …

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With our national science scores remaining below those of many other countries, US states continue to look for ways to change the way we teach science. The newest set of science standards is the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and the number of states adopting the NGSS standards or a version of them, is growing. Let’s look at the history and the future of the NGSS. What are the …

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