The Lyceum

Aristotle Circle's blog covering topics in private and public school admissions, and college and graduate admissions.

Sep
17
2014

The Educational Records Bureau (ERB) has announced the specifics regarding the Admission Assessment for Beginning Learners™ (AABL™), which will serve as the new evaluation tool that New York City private elementary programs will use during the admissions process. ISAAGNY removed the WPPSI-IV test that had been used for years in March of 2014 and the AABL™ will serve as the replacement assessment.

Sep
04
2014

Since announcing the removal of the ERB as the universal evaluation test used for entry into New York’s private school elementary programs in March, The Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY) had failed to name a replacement test. Recently, ISAAGNY announced that it will begin a pilot program using a Kindergarten Readiness Task (KRT) as a means for admission and preparedness evaluation for the 2014-2015 school year.

May
14
2014

ISAAGNY has been silent since announcing in March that there would be no universal standardized test for admission into New York's independent schools - read more about that here. Most schools have been similarly slow to announce what, if anything, would replace the ERB test that was previously used for evaluation.

Mar
10
2014

The Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY) has announced that there will now be no universal standardized test used for admissions into New York’s independent schools. Each school will be left to decide how to assess children for entry in their programs, whether it is with the old test, a new assessment or a combination of strategic games. At the moment, a number of the most selective schools, in particular Horace Mann, is keeping the existing ERB test as a requirement.

Mar
05
2014

The College Board announced extensive changes to the SAT today, its first update since 2005. In recent years, the SAT has lost significant ground to the ACT, which focuses more on high school curriculums and is now taken by more students than the SAT.

The major changes to the test, which will debut in Spring 2016, include:

General Changes: