TALENT DEVELOPMENT

Pretesting is a solution to learning loss offered by YouScience, the largest provider of industry-recognized training.

YouScience | August 24, 2021

While educators have worked to battle student learning loss for years, the COVID-19 pandemic and virtual learning have brought this issue to the forefront. According to CNBC, "Nearly all — more than 97% — of educators reported seeing some learning loss in their students over the past year when compared with children in previous years."

In March 2020, YouScience merged with Precision Exams to establish a revolutionary education technology company offering an innovative solution for career discovery, exploration, preparation, and connection. The company uses science-based brain games to identify innate abilities (a.k.a. aptitudes) and connect them with real-world careers and offers over 200 certification exams that span across the 16 National Career Clusters.

Pretesting from YouScience provides a method to overcome learning loss for secondary educators. Each exam is written by subject-matter experts that align the content therein to the academic standards. When used at the beginning of a course, pretesting provides teachers with a calculated measure of students' previous knowledge of a particular topic. It helps to measure the learning that did take place while identifying where gaps may have formed because of a break from school, virtual learning, or any number of things. Using the report data, teachers can plan their curriculum accordingly.  

Secondary school teachers across the country are already taking advantage of the pretesting option with YouScience and have the success to show for it. Robert Kovi, a district CTE Director in Connecticut, said, "Precision Exams were a natural fit as they are already aligned to national standards and many of the textbooks and curriculum we already use."

Kovi reported the teachers in his school were able to have more informed discussions using the data provided to guide conversations and instructional decisions. Many are also using the pretesting feature to set yearly learning goals for their students and using single exams for benchmarking throughout the year.

"Coming out of remote learning, we're realizing just how important benchmark testing is in guiding the educational experience," said Edson Barton, CEO of YouScience and cofounder of Precision Exams. "Educators can use pretesting to make data-driven decisions to best serve their students and prepare them for the future. Each year, they can learn more and optimize their lesson structure to improve knowledge retention and curriculum efficacy."

About YouScience
YouScience empowers intentional individual success by aligning talent, education, and industry. With revolutionary career guidance and industry-recognized certifications, we empower individuals to uncover their natural talent, validate their skills and knowledge, and pursue their best-fit educational pathways.

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CONTINUING EDUCATION

Zell Education partners with Chandigarh University to offer range of international financial qualifications

Zell Education | December 15, 2021

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Chandigarh University along with Zell Education aims at providing students with global exposure and international certifications through their courses in ACCA, CPA, CIMA etc. These global courses allow for the holistic development of students and will provide them with the right knowledge, skills, values and ethics About Zell Education Zell Education is India's leading training centre with its niche in Accounting & Finance aims to transform careers by making skill upgradation effective, affordable & accessible for everyone. The organisation's primary goal is to deliver high-quality education & skill upgradation in collaboration with industry experts & best educational practices. The edtech startup is present in more than 5 countries globally with 200+ experts as faculty and mentors for 10,000+ students enrolled with Zell. 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EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY

New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. Announces Plan to Implement ADS Ratio Change

New Oriental Education and Technology Group Inc. | March 28, 2022

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