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A Student’s Best New Year’s Resolution: A Steady Rise in Grades Tells the Right Story

We know that a student’s Grade Point Average (GPA) is the most influential driver in the college admissions process. According to the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) State of College Admission 2019 report, the top 3 most important factors in admissions decisions all relate to academic performance in school: However, we also know [...]

AP Classes: What Are They, and Why Should You Take Them?

As you start planning for college, you might be encouraged to register for AP classes. With a more rigorous curriculum than the average high school class, AP classes help you stand out during college admissions and earn you college credits before even setting foot on campus. So what exactly are AP classes, and why do they matter? [...]

Delayed not Lost: ACT Research Indicates Delays in Academic Growth

Since March 2020, there has been much speculation about “COVID slide,” the adverse impact of interrupted, remote, and hybrid learning on student achievement. Research-based not-for-profit assessment organization NWEA indicated after spring 2020 school closures that students could return to the classroom in fall 2020 with  less than 50% of the gains in math compared with a [...]

What Are College Credits, and Why Do They Matter?

Before and during your college journey, it’s essential to understand how college credits relate to your coursework and your progress toward college graduation. You may already know a bit about the college credit system if you’re taking Advanced Placement (AP) classes since passing scores on end-of-year AP exams could qualify you for college credits. But [...]

Back to school

It’s hard to believe that it’s back-to-school time again across the country. Of course, “back to school” means something different now—for some, it means in-person school for the first time since March 2020. As we talk with parents and school leaders, they are dealing with a range of pressing needs from making sure buses are available and on [...]

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