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The Illinois April 5th state-mandated SAT is now six weeks away. With all Illinois public school students sitting for that SAT, we want to offer a series of weekly insights along the way to help you prepare. This week’s focus: are your students getting in enough reading rounds? We understand the value of getting in […]
The April 5th Illinois public high school state-mandated SAT is 8 weeks away. This is the first time in 16 years that Illinois has not endorsed and paid for the ACT as its state-mandated exam. Yes, it’s a time of significant transition in college readiness preparation and college entrance exam requirements. Transition, however alarming at […]
Recently, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced the SAT with Writing as the state’s accountability assessment for the 2016-2017 school year, replacing the PARCC exam at the high school level. While grades 3-8 will continue to take the PARCC exam for accountability measures, the SAT will be administered to all Illinois 11th grade public […]
In March, ACT announced fall 2016 reporting enhancements that include two major changes: • A redesign in the look and feel • The replacement of current sub-scores with more comprehensive reporting categories aligned to the College and Career Readiness Standards and The Common Core Today, ACT released the first views into those reports and details […]
College Board recently updated its website to reflect the release of scores for the first Redesigned SAT given in March. The updated information includes new benchmarks—revised from those initially released with PSAT data in January—as well as concordance information for the redesigned SAT to the old SAT and to the ACT.
The high-stakes nature of college entrance exams is, unsurprisingly, a tough moment for many students. This feeling of dread isn’t inevitable—there’s more we as educators can do to make this moment one of triumph, not despair. That means not just preparing our students for the skills assessed on the test, but also preparing them for the emotional challenge of preparing for high-stakes tests.
ACT has announced enhancements to their reporting that will be first released this fall. These enhancements include two major changes: 1) Redesign in the look and feel of the reports, and 2) Replacement of subscores with more comprehensive reporting categories aligned to the College and Career Readiness Standards.
On March 22, ACT released their response to the encroaching SAT Suite of Assessments: the PreACT. Designed for 10th grade students, the PreACT is a slightly shorter version of the ACT, mirroring the scoring and scaling of the full test but clocking in at an hour and 55 minutes of testing time.
How can you, as an educator, make the most of each assessment your students complete? The answer is in the data the assessments provide. By carefully analyzing the data, educators can take full advantage of each test event to determine student strengths and areas for improvement, develop targeted re-teaching plans, and drive instruction in the classroom.
According to the College Board’s 2013 SAT Report on College & Career Readiness, 57 percent of 2013 SAT takers lacked the academic skills to succeed in college-entry, credit-bearing courses without remedial teaching being necessary in at least one subject. Ultimately, the College Board’s revisions for the 2016 SAT will assess more directly those skills most relevant to college and career readiness.