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Panelists at the 2016 College Board Western Regional Forum Plenary Session
Aaron Lemon-Strauss, the College Board’s executive director of assessment prep programs, was joined by a venerable panel of practitioners to provide insight into strategies to help underrepresented students succeed. Anne DeLuca, associate vice chancellor for admissions & enrollment at University of California, Berkeley; Steve Fisk, principal of North Central High School in Washington state; and Michael McCormick, superintendent of California's Val Verde Unified School District, highlighted innovative yet simple ways to get all students on the path to college
Keynote Speaker Dr. Terrell Strayhorn speaks with Midwestern Regional Forum attendees after his session.

When Dr. Terrell Strayhorn took the stage to open the 2016 Midwestern Regional Forum, he expressed some lofty goals: to inform, inspire, and encourage the audience to take action. To that end, he suggested that this may be the right time not only to ask new questions, but to revisit the answers to old questions and see if they still make sense when it comes to effecting change in higher education.

Recognizing a Commitment to AP Access in Virginia
On January 27, the College Board hosted an AP Recognition Day in Richmond, Virginia, to celebrate five school divisions—King George, Prince William, Alexandria, Powhatan, and Stafford—that received the AP Honor Roll District Award in 2014 and 2015. These districts have created opportunities for students by adding new AP courses, identifying more students who are likely to succeed in AP, and offering these students extra encouragement to enroll.

The coming of the new year is a special celebration held at different times of the year and by different countries. Some communities celebrate the new year with bells, some do it by observing a moment of silence, and others do it with customs designed to bring nothing but good luck in the coming year. Although there are many differences among the celebrations, they all center around food, family, and best wishes for the months ahead.


All Access spoke with Tom Wilkins, a tenth-grade English teacher at Henry Clay High School in Lexington, KY, about his experience using SpringBoard's English Language Arts curriculm with Revision Assistant. The interview below has been lightly edited and condensed.

New Automated Writing Tool Opens Worlds of Possibility for SpringBoard Students, Teachers

Can a computer program be trained to evaluate the quality of student essays? Yes — but only if there's a human hand to help guide it.

Members in the News: In Oakland, Building Boys Into Men
The New York Times recently highlighted the Office of African American Male Achievement at Oakland Unified School District, the first department within a public school district that focuses on the needs of African American young men. Christopher P. Chatmon, executive director of the office, serves on the College Board’s College Planning Advisory Committee where he supports the College Board’s work to provide guidance to students on their road to college.

At Forum 2015 in Washington DC, the College Board hosted a wide line-up of exemplary leaders who work daily to increase equity, access, and success in education. We also heard from inspiring students about which factors most affected their college preparatory experience. If you were unable to attend Forum, or want to relive a talk through sharing it with your colleagues and students, please check out the links below:

The College Board Elegizes Anachronistic Verbiage with Recondite Panegyric; Celebrates Final Administration of the Extant SAT® on Jan. 23

"This is a new beginning for the SAT. Gone are obscure vocabulary words and tricky logic questions that are disconnected from the work students do every day," said Stacy Caldwell, vice president of the SAT Program at the College Board.

The College Board has decided to cancel the Saturday, Jan. 23, SAT® international administration at certain test centers. Learn more.