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You've Been Busy: 2017 Year in Review

Fresh Updates for ISEE & SSAT Practice Tests

Test Innovators' education team is excited to announce the release of our new 2018 ISEE and SSAT practice tests!

The Wight Foundation in Antarctica...

Educational Innovator: The Wight Foundation

Test Innovators believes in the power of educational innovation to shape the future of our society. Our Educational Innovator series highlights a program, school, or individual that is contributing to the advancement of education in a unique way, whether through groundbreaking curriculum, technological innovation, or other revolutionary projects.
 
A student at the Acera School working on a stop-motion film project.

Educational Innovator: Acera School

Test Innovators believes in the power of educational innovation to shape the future of our society. Our Educational Innovator series highlights a program, school, or individual that is contributing to the advancement of education in a unique way, whether through groundbreaking curriculum, technological innovation, or other revolutionary projects.
 
This week we spoke with Courtney Dickinson, founder and director of The Acera School in Winchester, Massachusetts.
Phillips Academy in Andover, MA, home of the Mathematics & Science for Minority Students program.

Educational Innovator: Phillips Academy’s (MS)² program

Test Innovators believes in the power of educational innovation to shape the future of our society. Our Educational Innovator series highlights a program, school, or individual that is contributing to the advancement of education in a unique way, whether through groundbreaking curriculum, technological innovation, or other revolutionary projects.

This week we spoke with Dianne Domenech-Burgos, director of the (MS)² program at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA.

How practice tests help students learn.

How Practice Tests Help Students Learn

Scientific research shows that taking practice tests improves learning and memory retention more than studying and reviewing material alone, a phenomenon termed the “testing effect.” Practice tests have also been shown to defend memory against the effects of stress and identify content gaps important in learning.

Students presenting their original work at the Gates Invention and Innovation program at Graland Country Day School in Colorado.

Educational Innovator: Gates Invention and Innovation program at Graland Country Day School

As an educational technology company, Test Innovators believes in the power of innovation in education to shape the future of our society. Our Educational Innovator series highlights a program, school, or individual that is contributing to the advancement of education in a unique way, whether through groundbreaking curriculum, technological innovation, or other revolutionary projects.

This week we spoke with Andy Dodge, Program Co-Director of the Gates Invention and Innovation program at Graland Country Day School.

A student at the Acera School creating interactive storytelling using Twine.

9 Cutting-Edge STEM & STEAM Programs in 2018

Over the last couple decades, the United States has placed increasing emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education. In recent years, some programs have added Art (STEAM), generally placing a greater focus on creativity and design thinking. Regardless of the exact composition of the program, the objective is the same: to provide students with the skills necessary to not only be successful in the modern world, but also to shape the future.

A calendar with dates for a student to plan out their preparation for their test date!

How Early Prep Helps Educators Set Students Up for Success

We all know that cramming before a test is not the best strategy for success, especially when it comes to exams like the ISEE or SSAT that could affect a student’s academic future. So, when is the best time to start preparing? Short answer: early. Longer answer: at least six to eight months before test day.

The mailboxes which you wait for all of your independent school acceptance letters to be delivered to!

What does it mean for a middle or high school application to be holistic?

As you research the admissions process for different independent and private schools, you may notice that many schools’ admissions offices mention a holistic review process. What does this mean exactly, and how does it affect your application specifically?