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September 28, 2018
What happens when you pay students to get ready for college? One state is about to find out, with help from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
CZI is helping Rhode Island try out the strategy, aimed at high-scoring students from low-income families in the state.
July 27, 2018
Illinois has embraced the SAT, and the ACT is mad about it
In a fight between two giant standardized test providers, the SAT again has won a multi-million-dollar contract for Illinois’ high-school tests — and…
January 11, 2018
Record number of New York City students take SAT after city offers test for free
Nearly 78 percent of last year’s 11th-graders had taken the test at least once during high school, a 25 percentage point increase over the previous year.
November 18, 2016
For the first time, more than half of New York City’s high school juniors took the SAT
The increase was driven in part by a program that allowed students at some schools to take the test for free during the school day, officials said.
wait a minute
Updated January 11, 2016
Colorado will stick with the ACT one more year before SAT switch
State education officials confirmed a one-year delay in switching to the SAT and provided more detail about the decision to eventually move away from the ACT.
test swap uproar
Updated January 7, 2016
Formal protest of Colorado’s switch from the ACT to SAT falters, but another effort launches
The Colorado Association of School Executives is protesting the state's controversial switch from the ACT to SAT for high-school juniors.
December 23, 2015
Goodbye ACT, hello SAT: a significant change for Colorado high schoolers
The College Board prevails over rival testing giant ACT to provide tests for Colorado sophomores and juniors starting this spring.
September 29, 2015
Should Indiana just use the SAT as its high school test?
New Hampshire's going to do it, so why can't Indiana just have all high school juniors take the SAT instead of a state exam? Well, the Hoosier state probably could, too.
October 28, 2013
College Board ends school-support program amid shifting goals
The College Board's website still features the College Board Schools program, which ended after the last school year amid the group's evolving priorities. About a dozen city schools lost support and funding due to the shift. At the Preparatory Academy for Writers in Queens, being a College Board School meant tablet computers for students and weekend visits to Boston’s elite universities. For Palisade Preparatory School in Yonkers, just north of New York City, a partnership with the maker of the SATs and the Advanced Placement program meant top-notch teacher training and a chance to collaborate with educators from the city — not to mention the iPads and college visits. And at South Bronx Preparatory, the fact that a national organization had helped found their small school sparked pride in their alma mater. “When kids say, ‘a College Board School,’ they feel something,” said South Bronx Prep Principal Ellen Flanagan. Then, in June, the nearly decade-old College Board Schools program was quietly canceled. The schools lost the support and funding that they had been getting, in some cases since 2004. “I feel like we’ve been thrown away and abandoned,” said Cynthia Schneider, principal of a former College Board School in Queens, World Journalism Preparatory.
September 30, 2013
City plans Advanced Placement expansion in high-need schools
Chancellor Dennis Walcott moderated a panel about Advanced Placement courses at New York University today. To the immediate left, Park East senior Yailizabeth Castillo. New York City school officials are bringing Advanced Placement courses to far more high schools in their latest effort to get black and Hispanic students doing college-level work. Almost 58,000 students were enrolled in AP courses in 2012. Now, the city is spending $7 million on an Advanced Placement Expansion Initiative to bring 120 sections of AP classes to 55 high schools. Most of the new classes are in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, where white and Asian students far outpace black and Hispanic students. The new initiative is a collaboration with the College Board, which designs and administers the test, and whose president is David Coleman, architect of the the state's new Common Core standards. At a kickoff event this morning, Chancellor Dennis Walcott said the expansion reflects the goals of the Common Core, which is aimed at getting students to think deeply and critically. "This will be Common Core-plus," Walcott told students from schools participating in the program. "What Advanced Placement does is just take it to the next level."
April 12, 2013
Operations chief exits DOE, Sternberg promoted in reshuffling
Veronica Conforme testified at a City Council budget hearing in 2011 alongside Chancellor Dennis Walcott. Conforme announced her departure from the Department of Education today. The Department of Education's chief operating officer is leaving to join the nonprofit organization headed by the architect of the Common Core standards, Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced today. Veronica Conforme, who has been the department's top operations officer since October 2011, will become vice president of the "Access to Rigor Campaign" at the College Board, according to a department press release. The College Board, which Common Core architect David Coleman took over last year, is rapidly becoming a top destination for people leaving urban school systems. Jean Claude-Brizard, a former city Department of Education official who resigned as Chicago's top schools official shortly after the teachers union strike there last year, recently became a senior advisor at the organization. Conforme's departure comes during a period of growing uncertainty at the Department of Education.
February 5, 2009
More blacks, Latinos took AP exams, but more failed them, too
Both the mayor and the chancellor have now issued statements boasting about gains on Advanced Placement exams, the rigorous tests that are considered a good indicator of whether students are prepared for college. But the picture is more complex than they suggest, and if anything the evidence adds to concerns raised yesterday about college preparedness, particularly among black and Hispanic students. More students are definitely taking the exams than were in 2002, whether you look at the sheer numbers — a total of 23,600 students took the tests in 2008, up from less than 17,000 in 2002 — or at proportions — in 2008, about 23% of eleventh- and twelfth-graders took AP exams, up from 21% in 2002.* But, as I suggested yesterday, the increased participation has led to a lower pass rate:
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