Fresno Unified School District Removes Barriers to Success
Fresno Unified School District Removes Barriers to SuccessCrystal Barrick, Assistant Director, Communications
This week California news outlet KPEE 24 celebrated Fresno Unified School District’s comprehensive efforts to “remove all barriers that might prevent students from doing their best on the SAT.”
Fresno Unified, the largest school district in the Central Valley, has taken an “all-in approach” to preparing its students for success after high school. To ensure that all juniors have the opportunity to benefit from the SAT, the district is administering the college entrance exam at every one of its high schools on Tuesday, April 12. Students will take the SAT during the school day for free.
Robert Shott, a local continuation high school student who is participating in this year’s SAT School Day administration, told reporter Juanita Stevenson, “The fact that Fresno Unified is letting this continuation school take the SAT for the first time — it shows that they haven’t really given up on us yet.”
To help these students feel confident walking into the test, the district has also partnered with the College Board, Khan Academy, and the Boys and Girls Club to offer free online tutoring. Students have been busy preparing with Khan Academy’s free practice tools during the school day and then seamlessly continuing their practice after school at three local Boys and Girls Clubs. Thanks to a donation of 94 computers to these Clubs, even students who do not have a computer or access to the internet at home have the chance to practice.
“It’s about access, and giving all kids a fair shake,” Superintendent Mike Hansen told Juanita Stevenson. He hopes that that this approach of removing barriers will encourage Fresno Unified students to take advantage of the opportunity to succeed. “We want them to know — as a superintendent, as a board, as principals, teachers, educators, as a community — we believe in you, we know you can do it. It’s sitting right in front of you. Come do it. Write your own ticket.”