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Achieve3000 Replaces USA TestPrep

Fatima Colome, Staff Reporter

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USA Test Prep replaced Achieve3000 at PPMH, and the transition had mixed reviews. Achieve3000 was a program that students used to complete weekly, reading an article and later answering questions about the topic. The questions varied from vocabulary to reading comprehension, but they shared the goal of making the student think critically in order to gradually succeed. USA TestPrep, on the other hand, is based on reading passages and answering questions, but it goes much further by having students answer individualized questions that go into many skills needed. It is also a good supplement for the skills needed for success on standardized exams such as the FSA. Both teachers and students have mixed feelings about the shift but, in the end, the change was ultimately made to enhance students’ learning, and it certainly focuses on that.

There is no doubt that students had grown accustomed to Achieve3000, but now USA Test Prep is being used and the evolution has begun. Sophomore Sophia Shibata, for instance, says that she definitely preferred Achieve3000 but now believes that students will benefit more from USA Test Prep because of its format and increased challenge. Since the assignments are formatted like the test, students will hopefully get used to this and will perform better on the ultimate test. Tenth grader Melanie Martinez added, “I believe that the shift was made for the school in order to better prepare the students for the FSA. It will surely bring many passing scores.” In this case, change is the most logical response to change.

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