How mastery-based learning helps every student succeed
Traditional teaching can fail both struggling learners and the quickest studies. The radical idea behind mastery-based learning? Let students learn at their own pace.
The role of Advanced Placement classes in high school
Advanced Placement or AP classes offer students the opportunity to do college-level work and earn college credit while still in high school.
The high school parent’s year-by-year guide to the SAT and ACT
Your college-bound teen will likely take one or both of these college entrance exams at least once. Here’s what you need to know.
The best way to study for tests, according to science
Research reveals some surprising things about the most effective ways to learn new information.
Fixes for 7 common middle school problems
Going from elementary to middle school is a big change. Here's how you can support your child socially, emotionally, and academically.
Understanding GreatSchools Ratings
Our school profiles now include important information in addition to test scores. Here's a look at what goes into your school's GreatSchools Summary Rating.
Many colleges don't require the SAT or ACT
More colleges than ever have admissions policies that make taking the SAT or the ACT optional. Here's why that's good news for many applicants.
Taking the ACT and SAT on a budget
College admissions fees — for tests, test prep, and college applications — add up fast. Here’s a way to cut costs.
The best low-cost and free tools to help get your child into college
Before you get lost in the jungle of college applications, you should know about these four services.
Why your teen should retake the SAT or ACT
Taking the SAT or ACT a second time is a good idea for pretty much all teens because it’s likely to help — and it definitely won’t hurt.
Like a Sponge podcast: This is Only a Test
Listen in as Like a Sponge, GreatSchools' new podcast for parents about the science of learning, gets deep into the hotly debated subject of standardized testing.
The secret to improving SAT scores
Did your teen get a low PSAT, SAT, or ACT score? Don’t panic. Everyone can improve their scores. Two experts share their secrets for helping teens learn how to rock these tests.
What ESSA means for your child
From standardized testing to student support, a new federal policy is about to reshape some key elements of America’s schools. Here’s what you need to know.
The first five steps on the road to college
What's the key to getting your kids into college? Start early and stick to a plan.
What you need to know about the ELL label
One checked box can doom a child to low-level classes for years. Here's what you need to know about the ELL label.
Desperation is motivation, says test prep coach
Tapping into their deepest desires and biggest dreams — and nightmares — motivates test takers to prepare well and succeed, says a test prep coach.