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.
Confessions of a Common Core tester
A believer in the the Common Core Standards confronts reality when her own daughter field tests the assessments and comes home in tears.
What to make of international assessments
If education experts can't agree about the meaning of international assessments, what are parents supposed to make of them?
Mind the high school gender gap
A close look at California test scores show girls lag behind boys in far too many subjects in high school — especially STEM subjects like geometry, physics, and chem.
What an average school rating means
When a school’s GreatSchools Rating is a 1 or 10, you can be confident that you know how the students are performing according to state tests. But when a school has an average rating, it can mean many different things.