All Access – News for Members
This post originally appeared in the Orlando Sentinel on October 14, 2015. Click here to access the original article.
With so much discussion of late regarding testing, this is a good time to talk about some positive aspects of student assessment that can provide significant opportunities for their future.
Every year, millions of students take the PSAT/NMSQT — the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test — but many students and parents are unaware of the benefits of this exam. College Board's Wendell Hall reflects on how the PSAT/NMSQT is more than just a test you take at school: It opens the door to scholarships, information from colleges, AP classes, and free practice for the SAT.
"It may come as some surprise that one of the first people who will admit that the current testing model is broken is also at the helm of the company that produces some of the biggest tests in K-12 and higher ed, the Advanced Placement and SAT exams." Read more from EducationDive's post on how the College Board is moving beyond assessments.
The College Board is pleased to announce Rebecca Wenrich as the 2015 SpringBoard Teacher of Distinction. Ms. Wenrich, who has been an English Language Arts teacher at Gig Harbor (Wash.) High School since 2006, is being recognized for her effective teaching practices and successful implementation of SpringBoard in the classroom.
Today, the College Board released its 2015 Program Results report, which showed a larger and more diverse group of students than ever before participating in challenging course work.
The PSAT/NMSQT®, SAT®, and AP® Exams always have been opportunity assessments, linking students to scholarships, college admission, and course credit. Anchored in the belief that students today need more opportunities — not more tests — the College Board has redesigned these exams and connected them to a wider array of educational and scholarship benefits.
Last Thursday, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law HB3428, legislation requiring all Illinois public colleges and universities to award credit to students who submit scores of 3 and higher on AP Exams. This is just one of many recent advances in AP funding and credit policies of late, and represents growing support at the state level for expanding AP opportunities.