Merit Views and Opinions Regarding Education and Technology

Recommendations for English Language Learners (ELLs)

  Almost five million students in the United States public education system are English Language Learners (ELLs). The percentage of ELLs graduating high school within four years trails other subgroups such as pupils from low-income families and students with disabilities. Reaching all of America’s students includes meeting the needs of diverse learners that possess a wide variance… Read More »

Education for the “New Majority”

The American education system needs to readjust its priorities and serve what Bill Gates, in a recent speech, called the “new majority.” Who are the “new majority”? Students who graduate from high school, but are unprepared for college attend college, but do not receive a credential in six years start their higher education after the… Read More »

Are Schools Acting Smart About Literacy?

  According to a new report from the Brown Center on Educational Policy, states that have adopted Common Core standards are likely to see a de-emphasis in use of fiction materials and increased use of nonfiction materials in language classes. This is in accordance with the Common Core recommendations. NAEP test scores have been lower,… Read More »

Improving Adult Literacy with Technology

According to the Barbara Bush Foundation, which has established a competition challenging teams of developers, educators, engineers, and innovators to create mobile literacy learning applications for adult learners, 36 million U.S. adults lack basic English literacy. Low-literate adults have difficulty with such things as reading over-the-counter medicine labels, completing a job application, opening a bank… Read More »

Preparing Students for High School English

Educators are always interested in learning more about ways to intervene and assist with students. Here at Merit we receive many inquiries about our products from teachers who wish to find new ways to improve learning. A recent message came from a teacher who is working with students in a newly developed general English course… Read More »

Preventing Fadeout in Interventions

“Persistence and Fadeout in the Impacts of Child and Adolescent Interventions,” a new research paper that has gotten a lot of attention in the education press, the authors conclude that when interventions target cognitive skills or behaviors, capacities or beliefs, promising impacts at the end of programs often fade out quickly. On the other hand,… Read More »

Expanding Educational Opportunities for Older Students

Most programs that address the high school dropout issue have focused on dropout prevention or dropout recovery of young people. When an individual passes the dropout recovery age, the age at which state funding for dropout recovery ends (about 16), the high school diploma becomes very difficult to attain. This situation is exacerbated by recent… Read More »

Can The Rise Of College Student Dropout Rates Be Stopped?

Only 55 percent of first-time U.S. college students in 2008 completed a degree in 6 years, according to a recent report by the National Student Clearinghouse. This poor performance impacts not only the future of students but of institutions themselves. Ranking, reputation, and the bottom line can be affected. To stem the dropout rate, many… Read More »

Are K-12 Students Hurt by Computers in Schools?

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) found in a recent world wide study that heavy use of computers in K-12 schools does not necessarily improve student results. In fact, the study found that students who spend above-average amounts of time using computers in class perform worse on written and digital reading tests than… Read More »

Helping Students Adapt to New World Realities

Students need opportunities to succeed in a rapidly changing world. The impact of current turmoil in China on the world economy is only one example of how quickly things can change, and the need to adapt. Deeper learning is a term for skills and knowledge that will help students succeed in the classroom and on… Read More »