Mike Hanson, Superintendent of Fresno Unified School District in California, announced this week he is stepping down next August. Supt. Hanson is a long-time friend and partner of the College Board and has transformed the district into a model of excellence and innovation.
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Three students showed how Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy helped them raise their SAT scores.
On May 17 in Washington, D.C., the College Board and The Atlantic teamed up once again to recognize some of the best student writing in the world.
This year, students preparing for college will have a new tool at their fingertips — a suite of online, mobile-friendly platforms where they can store and curate the work they’re most proud of, build a college search list, keep track of their college application materials, and get advice from their counselors and trusted mentors. These resources come from the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success (CAAS), a diverse group of 90+ colleges and universities that are committed to providing college access to students of all backgrounds.
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.
Michael Sorrell, President of Paul Quinn College and College Board Trustee was featured in an article on PBS.org, produced by the Hechinger Report about his work at Paul Quinn College, transforming the institution and bringing it back from the financial brink.
On a daily basis, Paul Perry is reminded that his life could have turned out very differently.
“Before I was born, my mom was addicted to drugs and ended up in prison, so she was actually pregnant with me while she was in prison,” he said. “Lucky for me she got out and I was born healthy, but that sort of double consciousness — that sense of what my life could have been — stays with me every single morning I put my feet on the side of the bed.”
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.
Colleges frequently change their application fees and application essay requirements, and it turns out that students strongly respond to these relatively small costs in the application process. Our new paper, “Screening Mechanisms and Student Responses in the College Market,” we find that requiring a college application essay decreases the number of applications received at that college by 6.5%. We also find that increasing the application fee by 10% corresponds to roughly a 1% decrease in applications.
More than 150 first-time Forum attendees got some insider tips on how to get the most out of their Forum experience as part of the “New Attendee Welcome” session Monday morning.