Five Things We Learned at the SAT® Transparency Summit
Five Things We Learned at the SAT® Transparency SummitKara Hughes, Director of Assessment Communications, The College Board
More than 60 representatives from college access organizations gathered Dec. 10 at the College Board’s New York Office to participate in the first-ever SAT® Transparency Summit. The purpose of this daylong event was to share information about the redesigned PSAT/NMSQT® and SAT and begin discussions about how college access organizations can best use Khan Academy’s tools and resources.
Here are the top five things we learned during the summit:
- Because the first administrations of the redesigned PSAT/NMSQT (October 2015) and SAT (spring 2016) are fast approaching, the college access community is eager to get the inside track on what to expect and to learn how to prepare their students for success; representatives from as far away as California, Minnesota, and Georgia traveled to New York for the Summit.
- Participants, including representatives from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, KIPP Public Charter Schools, College Horizons (which provides college and graduate admission workshops to Native American students), and Pennsylvania’s NEED (a nonprofit offering college and career readiness programs for local youth), underscored the importance of ensuring that educators, parents, and students know exactly where to find the right tools, information, test practice resources, and support.
- Members of the College Board’s Assessment Design & Development team led “Test Change 101,” a session focused on the redesign of the SAT and PSAT/NMSQT. One participant praised the team for “unfailingly [giving] real answers” during its Q&A session. Although there was an overall sentiment of excitement, questions remain about plans to support educators in curriculum preparations and to support parents in learning about Khan Academy’s free practice resources.
- The College Board’s partnership with Khan Academy is of particular interest to the college access community; participants offered feedback on potential Khan Academy implementation models as well as possible challenges students may face, such as lack of Internet connectivity and mentor/volunteer training.
- A closing session on the College Board’s Access to Opportunity™ initiative inspired a dialogue among participants about sharing best practices to make sure schools, teachers, parents, and students are able to take full advantage of Khan Academy’s dynamic resources and tools.
Leading up to the administration of the redesigned PSAT/NMSQT and SAT, the College Board will continue to develop resources and professional development opportunities designed to support college access organizations, with an emphasis on how to most effectively integrate Khan Academy’s tools into everyday work with students.
For more information about the College Board’s collaborations with college access organizations, please email Tierney Kraft, the College Board’s director of SAT Partnerships.