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How to Write an Argumentative Essay Thesis Statement

What is a Thesis Statement?

A thesis statement is the author’s response to a question in the form of an opinion. Argumentative essays give writers an opportunity to answer a debatable question with their unique perspective in the form of a thesis statement.  874 more words

Argumentative Essay

Planning your Five-Paragraph Essay in Five Steps

This post discusses planning for the standard Five-Paragraph Essay. The five-paragraph format for essay writing is required or optional within many standardized tests including the current SAT, the New SAT, ACT, IELTS, TOEFL and even the GRE. 774 more words

Argumentative Essay

Florida school superintendents are right to criticize new standardized tests

The new standardized tests that Florida’s schoolkids must take are under heightened attack. And rightly so.

In an overwhelming show of opposition, nearly all 67 of Florida’s school superintendents — a “super, super majority,” in the words of Palm Beach County School District Superintendent Robert Avossa — say they have “lost confidence” in the state’s grading system. 152 more words


Bubble Trouble for Standardized Testing

A few weeks ago, a new class of nearly 800 students arrived at Wesleyan University to begin their first year. Wesleyan is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top liberal-arts colleges, and admissions are competitive. 4,007 more words

Standardized Testing Comes Standard

Standardized testing is a fraught topic, but we here at iTCCS know how important it is. That’s why we keep up with the latest revisions. Take the CogAT, now in its seventh iteration. 30 more words


Presume Competence

One of the most common questions I get about Cheeks is “does he understand____?”, and the answer is that I don’t know for sure. In theory he can talk and explain for himself, but in practice, speech is so difficult for him that he has learned to not depend on being understood. 473 more words


Education Spring: Parents, Teachers and Students Fight Back

The Education Spring uprising against corporate education reform began in Seattle at Garfield High School (my daughter’s former high school) in January 2013. It started with the entire school (teachers and students) walking out rather than take the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP). 609 more words

Inspiring Moments In Resistance