akilbello


Bench + Marks

College, Career, and Cremation Benchmarks  

As the new school year begins, I am anxiously awaiting (read: dreading) the forthcoming SAT and ACT annual reports and with them the inevitable exaggerations, hand-wringings, misinterpretations, and statistical paralogisms that will follow. The College Board’s Total Group Reports and ACT’s Condition of College and Career Readiness Reports (or Profile Reports) will not only […]

Share

What are the changes to the SHSAT?

For the last few years, the NYC DOE has been under pressure to address the demographic imbalances at the Specialized High Schools. While considered some of the city’s (and even the nation’s) top schools, these schools have not reflected the diversity and demographics of the city as a whole in decades. The De […]

Share
Screen Shot 2017-01-18 at 11.56.34 PM

Choosing a Test Prep Program

Often I’m asked for help selecting a test prep program, course, or tutor (usually in an email that provides almost no details of the situation of the asker…but that’s another story) and of course, if you ask me a question this leads to a 500+ word screed as a response. […]

Share

Who Wins With SAT and ACT School Day?

This is a draft.. I never finished it.. but i’m tired of working on it so it goes up as is. This past fall NYC DOE officially announced their participation in College Board’s SAT School Day program. This program had been quietly piloted in 40 schools in March of 2015, […]

Share

What is SHSAT test preparation? 2

Over the past 40 years, the representation of black and Hispanic students in New York City’s top performing high schools has declined sharply and calls for action have become increasingly loud. These calls hit a high note in 2012 when the NAACP filed a legal complaint against the city and […]

Share
Screen Shot 2016-10-31 at 7.01.00 PM

Screen Shot 2016-08-28 at 4.06.28 PM

Assessing the Assessment: SHSAT 1

As we approach September in NY, I enter that special time of year affectionately know as “fall hell”, when parents of students in every transition grade realize that admission testing is looming and they need to figure it out. Parents of 11th and 12th graders have to think about SAT and […]

Share

The Use and Abuse of the SAT

Are New York City’s teachers as smart as their students? John Sexton, the ex-president of New York University, thinks not.  During a talk he gave on the future of American universities at the Library of Congress last week, he claimed that in the past five years, New York City public […]

Share
dafad