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Public Education Victim of “Woke political agendas, cancel culture and sexual indoctrination”

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the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Trenton NJ, the impact of the pandemic on education is becoming clearer with news the average ACT test score sunk to its lowest point in 30 years, and Senator Joe Pennacchio today said botched government policy is largely to blame.

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A Complete Guide To Know Everything Before Applying To University

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University can be a fun and exciting time, but it can also be overwhelming. There are so many things that you have to consider when applying – what courses to take? What should your statement be like? What should you wear to the interview?! Here we have compiled a list of everything you need to know before applying, and it’s all in one place so that you won’t miss anything.

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Reader says The old saw that the SAT is a test that you can’t study for is still that: an old, false saw


The old saw that the SAT is a test that you can’t study for is still that: an old, false saw. Perfect or near perfect scores were once a rarity, perhaps because students were (wrongly, as it turns out) warded away from preparing in a focused, methodical way. Now, however, admissions offices at the nation’s top-rated colleges are swimming in applications from students sporting such gaudy scores. Fully a quarter or more of freshmen matriculating at places like Yale or Princeton totally body-slammed the SAT. Hence, schools who informally market themselves the “Harvard of the South” or similar monikers that identify them as non-Ivy League, but striving for recognition and a healthy share of the rest of the best students, are competing heavily for students with those kinds of obscenely high scores by offering large merit-based scholarships. But, and this is a big but, those same schools are prone very quickly to lose interest in students who do not score perfectly or near-perfectly on the SAT. Respect for the SAT as a tool for admissions offices to make fine distinctions between and among good students has plummetted. Many detractors of the SAT see it merely as a narrowly-focused test of a certain raw academic-related skills, perhaps predictive of first year college performance, but of no real value beyond that. The ACT, by contrast, has a much different format. The ACT is broken down by subject matter and gives admissions offices a good idea how much of the pure substance of a given academic subject a student has ingested and comprehended. The ACT’s popularity among college-bound high school students is increasing as more and more people recognize the real weaknesses of the SAT.

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Ridgewood and Glen Rock High Schools Land in the Top 50 of New Jersey Statewide SAT Scores


January 31,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, put together a list of the 50 New Jersey public high schools with the highest average SAT scores among their graduation seniors last school year, said Statewide, the average SAT score for the Class of 2017 was a 551 in reading and writing and a 552 in math, a total of 1,103 out of 1,600, according to state data. And average scores among the state’s public high schools ranged from a low of 795 to a high of 1,502.

39. Glen Rock High School: 1,229

Location: Glen Rock, Bergen County

Reading score: 610

Math score: 619

23. Ridgewood High School: 1,272

Location: Ridgewood, Bergen County

Reading score: 631

Math score: 641

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New SATs have North Jersey students prepping for worst



When the new SAT is given for the first time on March 5, many high school students across North Jersey will be sitting it out.

They’re concerned that the test, uncharted and unfamiliar, will be too much of a gamble despite test makers’ pledge that the new version will focus more on what students learn in school and less on test prep and “tricks.” Even some guidance counselors and experts are urging students to wait before taking the new test or to take an alternative college-entrance exam called the ACT.

“We have been talking about this at length,” said Kelly Peterfriend, counseling supervisor at Northern Highlands Regional High School, who is recommending that students take the ACT. “The reason is that you have to give the College Board, the colleges and the test-prep companies time to see what the new test is all about.”

The SAT, created in the 1920s and administered by the non-profit College Board, remains an important measure for admission at many colleges, and in an academically competitive area like North Jersey, students may spend months or even years preparing for the exam. But now, those lessons could mean little as students sit for an exam with a new format, content and questions — one where strategies long taught by tutors no longer apply.

While experts say the test changes could be good for students in the long term, the current crop of high school juniors say they feel confused and worried about the choices before them, and how the changes will affect their scores and college prospects.

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America’s top SAT tutor explains why no one should take the SAT in 2016


Mar. 4, 2015,
Caroline Moss

Over the summer, we profiled Anthony Green, the SAT and ACT tutor to the 1%. Green tutors the offspring of some of the country’s wealthiest folk, and all of his sessions are conducted over Skype for a whopping $1,000 an hour.

In 2016, the SAT returns to a 1600-point test, combining the current 800-point Reading and Writing sections back into the single 800-point “verbal” section that characterized the old exam.

In a recent interview, Green told Business Insider no one should take the new SAT in 2016, which he’s also argued on his site.

“I’m recommending that none of my students take the first three rounds of the new SAT (March, May, and June of 2016),” Green said. “Why let students be guinea pigs for the College Board’s marketing machine?

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College Board overhaul of SAT makes essay optional, returns to scale of 1,600


College Board overhaul of SAT makes essay optional, returns to scale of 1,600


The College Board announced on Wednesday that it was overhauling the SAT to make the college admissions test more focused, useful and geared toward what students really need to know to thrive in college.

To debut in spring 2016, the new version will include more “relevant” vocabulary, return to the 1,600-point scale, from 2,400, and make the major essay portion optional. Writing sections will no longer ask students to opine based on their own experiences but will prod them to analyze texts and cite evidence in their arguments.

The announcement inspired an outpouring of questions, concerns and, in some cases, relief about an anxiety-laden test that has long sparked dread among students and complaints from critics who say it gives an unfair advantage to those who can afford expensive test prep instruction. Many also argue that the SAT is a weak predictor of long-term success.

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