Merit Views and Opinions Regarding Education and Technology

Is Being Able to Speak English Enough?

In recent years employers are giving preference to employees with not just strong English speaking and listening skills, but also strong English writing skills.

2017 Essay Writing Contest Winner

A Memorable Experience Life is always filled with tragedies. Someone close to you will pass away leaving behind memories that you will always remember. These can be family members or friends. For me, my first tragedy that has had an affect was the time when a class mate passed away. Every tragedy has specific details… Read More »

Merit Software Review – Grammar Fitness

I am a grade 6, 7 and 8 middle school English language arts teacher at Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative Middle School.  My co-teacher and I have purchased Grammar Fitness Levels 3 and 4 for the past 3 years.  We have found it to be an excellent tool for increasing achievement in mechanics. The students love using the… Read More »

Accuplacer Prep Recommendations

Accuplacer practice materials from Merit have a strong track record of success. Tests covered include: Accuplacer Sentence Skils, Accuplacer Essay Writing, and Accuplacer Reading Comprehension

Three Reasons Your Use of Ed-Tech May Have Failed … and How to Fix It!

There are many factors that go into the successful implementation of an educational software product, according to a recently published study. The study’s authors looked at the impact of state-of- the-art technology tools used in higher education classes. They focused on the following issues: 1) Strategy. It is important to note that educators use the… Read More »

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 in… 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, and… 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 »

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