July Updates from College Board:

Start the School Year Strong with an Official SAT® Practice School-Wide Plan

The Results Are In: Official SAT® Practice Pays Off

A study of 250,000 students from the class of 2017 showed that a little practice goes a long way—regardless of gender, race, income, or high school GPA. 


In fact, 20 hours on Khan Academy® was associated with an average 115-point increase from the PSAT/NMSQT® to the SAT. 


Help the students in your school get started on Official SAT Practice by developing a school-wide plan that gives every student time to practice.  Professional Development Module 10 offers steps for building an Official SAT Practice implementation plan. (Please use this link, not sure Professional Development Module 10 will work, https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/educators/k-12/professional-development-modules?excmpid=af15-pr-05-riasp


Consider the following successful ideas to encourage skill-building:

  • Houston ISD (Texas) developed a schoolwide initiative with a two-pronged approach: 
    1. Juniors earned money for college by using Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy.  $500 Scholarships were up for grabs for students who earned at least 50,000 energy points on Official SAT Practice and then three winners were picked randomly. 
    2. For the class of 2017 they held a contest – which school could create the Best HISD SAT School Day Promotional Campaign? The winning school earned money for their junior class for college-bound materials, excursions, opportunities, etc. ($1,000– 1st place, $500– 2nd place, $250– 3rd place). 
  • Garland ISD (Texas) created physical media displays to raise awareness and remind students and families about Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy. 
  • At Oak Ridge High School (Orange County, Fla.), curriculum leaders held a month-long campaign: “You Khan Do It!”
    1. This campaign engaged teachers across grade levels and content areas to use the SAT practice tools, as well as act as a graduation and college and career ready intervention.
    2. Teachers encouraged students to use Khan Academy as bell work, during shortened class periods, and for extra credit opportunities.
    3. Classes competed with each other to obtain the most energy points and win weekly prizes, including school incentives, such as front-of-the-line lunch passes and breakfast celebrations, or prizes that were donated by local businesses. 


More ideas and useful resources are available at collegeboard.org.  Get flyers, email templates, and social posts to help you start building your Official SAT Practice plan.


May Updates from College Board: 

Making the Most of SAT® Suite Data

Whew! You made it through test day in April and now you are preparing to view and understand your scores.  There are some great resources on the College Board website that can help:

  • Watch the interactive walkthrough to learn about the K-12 Score Reporting Portal and the SAT Suite scores (and share this with your teachers!).
  • Check out Accessing Scores to get more information about the K-12 Score Reporting Portal.
  • Watch this webinarmore about the K-12 Score Reporting Portal.
  • Use the Student Demo to help students learn how to access their individual scores.
  • Find “Using Your Scores To Increase College Readiness” Lesson Plans on the Score Resources webpage.
  • Show this video to help students link their College Board and Khan Academy accounts to get personalized practice on Official SAT Practice.
  • Sign in to the K-12 Score Reporting Portal using your College Board professional account (you must be granted access to the portal by your Access Manager).

Much more information is available at sat.org/k12.  

April Updates from College Board: 

Encouraging Students to Take AP® Courses and Exams

There are many reasons to encourage students to take AP courses and exams: 

  • Save time and money in college
  • Stand out in the admission process
  • Earn academic scholarships and awards
  • Build skills and habits that will help students succeed in life after high school


Using AP Potential™ for Scheduling 

Student scores on the PSAT can help them decide which courses might be right for them. When they access their scores online, the College Board’s AP Potential tool shows them which AP courses they’re likely to do well. Counselors and other educators can sign in to their professional accounts to identify students who share a likelihood of success on AP, so they’ll know which courses to offer. 


Accessing and Benefits of AP Potential

Here’s how to see which students have the potential for success in AP.  Use these reports to guide students to challenging courses, or to determine whether you need to add more AP courses to your schedule.


  1. Sign in to the K12 Score Reporting Portal
  2. Run a Roster Report
  3. Find your school’s AP Potential Tool Access Code (upper right corner)
  4. Click AP Potential Tool button and log in using your school’s Access Code
  5. Select the Administration Year
  6. Choose the Roster Type – Do you want to recruit students for current AP courses, or expand your offerings by finding students who have potential for success in additional AP courses?
  7. Select Subjects
  8. Select Grades
  9. Run the Report and talk to counselors, teachers, and students who can help grow your AP Program.


The AP Potential Tool also provides standard, printable letters you can send to introduce AP to parents.


Remember, the AP Potential tool gives just one indicator of readiness for AP. Students may show readiness for AP in other ways —grades, interest in the subject, or success in earlier courses, for example. Students and their teachers or counselors can discuss next steps for taking AP.


March Updates from College Board: 

Preparing for the SAT and PSAT

It’s time to prepare for the SAT® School Day and PSAT™10!  As you begin to think about administering the tests on April 10th, you and your staff will want to make sure you’re prepared for test administration.  Here’s a quick checklist to help you get ready:

  • Check out the PSAT 10 Resource Library for materials to share with teachers, students, and parents.
  • Read and distribute the PSAT 10 Supervisor Manual, and the SAT School Day Supervisor Manual to staff who will be involved in test administration. Train staff in test-day regulations and ensure they are comfortable with their roles as Supervisors, Associate Supervisors, and Proctors.
  • Identify the number of testing rooms needed and assign students and staff to testing rooms.  Don’t forget about rooms for students with accommodations! Prepare student seating plans in advance.
  • Consider using optional codes to have students’ paper score reports sorted for easier distribution. Inform Supervisors of all codes you’ll be using on test day.
  • Read the SAT School Day Preadministration Instructions and offer preadministration sessions for test takers.  Preadministration instructions for the PSAT 10 are available on p. 10 of the Supervisor Manual.  Preadministration shortens the test day and helps students stay focused during the test.
  • Develop and communicate a schedule for test day activities. Plan to begin testing early enough to complete testing before lunchtime. Check the school calendar to prevent disruptive activities—such as fire drills, unrelated announcements on the public address system, or band practices next to the testing room(s)—from taking place during the testing period.
  • Distribute the Student Guide (NOT the test booklets!) and informational flyers about the test to students about two weeks prior to testing, and give reminders as test day approaches.
  • Remind students to use Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy® to strengthen their skills before test day.
  • When test materials arrive, check that you have received all cartons, and use the checklist in the Supervisor Manuals to verify that you have all materials.  Contact the SAT School Day hotline at 855.373.6387 if any materials are missing.  Secure all test-day materials within 24 hours.
  • Refer to the SAT School Day Supervisor’s Manual and the PSAT 10 Supervisor’s Manual to ensure your staff and students have all the details before test day arrives.
  • Additional information is available on RIDE’s website at: http://www.ride.ri.gov/InstructionAssessment/Assessment/PSATandSAT.aspx 


February Updates from College Board: 

Benefits of the SAT® Suite

Are you wondering whether you want to use the PSAT™ 8/9 assessment?  PSAT 8/9 offers many benefits to students and teachers, helping students determine what they need to work on most so that they’re ready for college when they graduate from high school—and it supports educators as they guide the way.

A Head Start

The PSAT 8/9 tests the same skills and knowledge as the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT®, and PSAT™ 10—in a way that makes sense for eighth and ninth graders. It measures what they’re already learning in their classrooms, shows them whether they’re on track for college, and lets them know where they need the most improvement. This means students have time to tackle these areas long before they take the SAT.

Personalized Practice

Students over age 13 can share their scores with Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy® to create a personalized practice experience. It’s the best way to prepare for other tests in the SAT Suite of Assessments, and it’s free.

 Additional Benefits

  • PSAT 8/9 can be given during a flexible fall and/or spring testing window, including the same day as the SAT School Day and PSAT 10
  • Results are included in the SAT Suite of Assessments Reporting Portal where you can run reports, look for trends, and get files to import into your student information system
  • Students and teachers can access AP Potential™, a tool that identifies ninth graders likely to succeed in AP World History or AP European History
  • Students can access Roadtrip Nation’s career roadmaps, helping them see where their interests can take them

If you’d like to learn more about PSAT 8/9, review the Educators’ Guide to the PSAT Related Assessments in our Resource Library, or contact Dena Johnson (djohson@collegeboard.org) today.

 

December/January Updates:

From time to time, relevant information will be posted on the RIASP website, from the College Board, which will assist you in navigating this SAT and PSAT assessment process.  

Are you ready for the SAT® School Day and PSAT™10, coming this April? 

Here are a few resources available to you today:

  • The SAT Suite of Assessments Teacher Implementation Guide – this guide provides an overview of the assessments, sample questions, skill-building strategies, and “Keys to the SAT.”  Review it in staff meetings or PLCs.
  • Professional Development Modules for Educators – These ten PowerPoint presentations with facilitator’s notes will walk your staff through the information they need to know to help students prepare for the assessments.  Review test specifications, sample questions, scores and reports for each section of the SAT and PSAT 10.
  • SAT Practice (satpractice.org) - learn about free Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy, access 16 lesson plans related to Official SAT Practice, and download all eight SAT practice tests and scoring information.  
  • SAT Daily Practice App – available in the App Store and through Google Play, get the SAT Question of the Day, score practice assessments, and link to Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy.

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