MASTERs Plus Debates: Is Spying on Kids OK?

by Zena Smith In our last blog post, we discussed the newly developed PARCC assessment. We talked about what it is, why it was created, and how it will affect your student in the classroom. What we didn’t discuss was how PARCC might affect your student out of the classroom. PARCC has been making headlines these […]

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Get to Know the PARCC Assessment

by Zena Smith Did you know that Illinois (along with several other states) recently overhauled its standardized testing procedures? That’s right. The ISAT of old out, and it’s been replaced in 2015 by a new yearly exam called the PARCC Assessment. Sound familiar? Maybe not! As hard as they sometimes try, our schools don’t always succeed in keeping parents […]

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What is College Readiness?

by Zena Smith By now you’ve probably heard the phrase “college readiness.” It may have come up in a conversation with your student’s guidance counselor, or you might have run across it while reading up on one of the many standardized tests and assessments your student has been required to take. More and more, measuring […]

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What Can EXPLORE Do For Your Student?

by Zena Smith Our favorite piece of classroom advice has always been to “start early.” Whether you’re shopping for school supplies, studying for a test, or plotting your schedule for next semester, an early start is the easiest way to get a foot up on your competition and ensure that you’re ready for whatever comes your way. So […]

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EXPLORE Returns to MASTERs Plus in Summer 2015

by Zena Smith Whether or not we like to admit it, there will always be things for which we scold our children while being guilty of the same bad habit ourselves. More often than not—especially in households with school-age children—that bad habit is procrastination: “Do your homework now, not later,” we urge, while quietly nudging […]

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How the SAT Will Change in 2016

by Zena Smith High school freshmen and sophomores, take note: if you’re planning on taking the SAT in Spring of 2016 or afterward, plan on taking a different test. The College Board has announced they’ll be giving their most prominent test a facelift. While they have yet to release all the details (practice questions won’t […]

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