Maps are great visuals to help us see information at a glance. One such map showing ACT and SAT Scores Composite is available to compare scores in all 50 states. It’s really interesting to look at and study this map. Since I’m from Texas, I will use my home state as an example. According to the map, Texas scores are higher for the ACT than the SAT. However, all of the states bordering Texas score higher on the SAT than the ACT. Like Texas, both the east and west coasts score better on the ACT than the SAT.
It’s interesting to note individual states and regions of the country as well. Maybe the scores for the ACT Test and the SAT Test reveal some possibilities as to which tests are stressed in school. Which test does your home state score higher on according to the composite scores?
Here is a great resource for teachers and students! Khan Academy, a global classroom for anyone in the world who has access to a computer, has a library of over 3,200 videos online that are free. This provides quality instruction to areas all over the world, no matter where they are located. Incentives for students are also on the cite to motivate them with a game of earning badges and points, “game mechanics” as they refer to it, and they also offer Teacher Resources as well. Here is an example of one topic they cover:
ALGEBRA (many lessons in each of these subtopics):
Rations & Proportions
Exponents and Radicals
It’s easy to see by this listing that there are many lessons from which to choose. Here is a partial list of more topics without subtopics listed:
Arithmetic & Pre-Algebra
Art History (for many different eras)
Banking & Money
Healthcare & Medicine
Khan Academy is a global classroom of students who learn at their own rate and choose what they want to study. Here are reviews and stories of the academy so you can read first hand from teachers and students all over the world.
Knewton is having a Back-to-School Facebook Giveaway sweepstakes, and you can enter for a chance to win their SAT Prep Course. The contest ends September 10, 2010. You can also go to Knewton.com for a free SAT Prep trial and diagnostic practice test.
Here’s a little more info on their course:
Live and interactive web-based classes
One-on-one attention from world-class SAT instructors
Weekly parent reporting via email or text messages to track the progress of the student
Live office hours and 24/7 academic support from SAT experts