10 Things We Learned at the WRO Plenary that Should Have Gone Without Saying
10 Things We Learned at the WRO Plenary that Should Have Gone Without SayingAbby Hexter, Director, Communications
- Students need a wide vocabulary to understand concepts and analyze ideas, but they don’t need to know the definitions of 500 random words they’ll never use again.
- It’s better for teachers to use instruction time to prepare students to succeed in college than to prepare them to succeed on an assessment.
- Having free access to the world’s best SAT prep is better than having to pay for it.
- Automatically sending low-income students eight score-send fee waivers—instead of four—results in those students sending their scores to more colleges.
- Fun stuff like friendly competition and T-shirt slogans that play on pop-culture references increase student motivation and participation in academic programs.
- If you want to convince adults that it’s a good idea to grant all students access to AP, give them access to the powerful data that shows what taking an AP course can do.
- Giving students credit for attending Saturday school programs improves average daily school attendance.
- Admission offices are interested in seeing if students have challenged themselves by taking rigorous courses like AP, not just in what they’ve scored on exams.
- When the rigor and question types of the SAT align with those of state tests, it’s easier to understand and analyze the data from all assessments to inform classroom practice.
- Students tend to care more about taking an exam when it’s connected to real, clear benefits for them, such as scholarship money or college success.