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Effective Immediately, California Teachers NOT Required to Pass the CBEST or CSET to Earn Credential

For some, this is a welcome relief, as many potential teachers have seen it as a barrier to a career they have been wanting to enter. For others, it may feel as if future teachers will be less qualified now. Perhaps the answer is somewhere in between. We can all admit that sometimes tests are difficult. Sometimes they outright kick our butt. But these are future teachers! Won’t they be administering tests for our children? Won’t they be subjecting some…
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Jason Guidos
Jason Guidos, on July 20, 2021

The University of California: Not considering SAT or ACT tests, AT ALL.

Standardize tests (ACT and SAT) will not be considered in any application or scholarship decision through the Spring of 2025. What happens beyond that is unknown. If the future is anything reminiscent of the past, many colleges will follow in the footsteps of the University of California shortly. Here are the links to more information: The Daily Wire The New York Times

Jason Guidos
Jason Guidos, on May 17, 2021

What is important to you?

Below is a short parable that may cause you to question why you do what you do. We often find ourselves working hard to build a better life. But what we might not realize is that by doing so, we end up missing the life we could be having. How many of us will grow older trying to provide for our family only to realize that we’ve missed that life we were trying to pursue? The Fisherman and the Businessman…
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lighthouset
lighthouset, on June 4, 2020

Skipping is NOT Bad

Skipping a question (or several) on a test is not an admission of failure. In fact, it’s actually more like “buying time.” On any given quiz, test, or exam, you, as the student, have quite a bit of information saved in your brain. At times, the highway of information gets into some traffic. When that happens, often times you feel like you’ve forgotten something. But the truth is, you haven’t, it’s just not getting through at the moment. The information…
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Jason Guidos
Jason Guidos, on April 18, 2019

So, your Student is going to get an Athletic Scholarship.

What are the odds that a student is going to get an athletic scholarship? Look at this chart: * High school data is from the 2013-14 High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations. ** Odds of a randomly selected high school athlete going pro are adjusted by the percentage of international players and the average pro career length for each sport. This is necessary to make a valid comparison with the base data…
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lighthouset
lighthouset, on June 6, 2017

What is the Point of Homework?

This might be one of the most debated topics between parents and educators.  “But why?”  Well, the correlation between homework, performance, test scores, and grades is quite weak.  So why do educators insist on giving homework?  Why do some give so much?  Does it really help? My aim here is not to answer these questions, although that may cause some of you to stop reading right now.  If you made it to this sentence, I implore you to finish.  It…
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lighthouset
lighthouset, on June 6, 2017

Why Tutoring?

According to a 2015 Program for International Student Assessment, which tested 15-year-olds from 80 different countries in math, reading, and science, the U.S. ranked 24th in science, 24th in reading, and 39th in math. Singapore, by contrast, performed an average of 20% better on each test and ranked #1 in each of the three categories. Interestingly, Singapore has a 71% tutoring attendance rate for all students who attend school in contrast to less than 25% for U.S. students. Some may…
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lighthouset
lighthouset, on June 6, 2017