All Access – News for Members
Donald Kamentz, Director of College Initiatives at YES Prep Public Schools, was recently named Chair of the College Board's SAT Committee. This group of K12 and higher education educators meets regularly with College Board staff to discuss topics related to the SAT. This year with the implementation of the College Board's assessment redesign, the SAT Committee will be particularly busy. All Access caught up with Donald to discuss his term as chair, and what to expect from the Committee over the next two years.
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.
The College Board's new AP Computer Science Principles Course played a prominent role in the kick-off event for Computer Science Education Week, an initiative hosted by the National Science Foundation and the White House that took place December 8-14, 2014.
College Board President David Coleman gears up for year two of the All In campaign with a letter to members on what's in store as the campaign gets underway, and highlighting the accomplishments of the first year of the campaign, including key partnerships, resources, and member collaboration.
Following his keynote address at the Council of Great City Schools (CGCS) 2014 Annual Fall Conference, College Board President David Coleman joined CGCS Executive Director Michael Casserly to send a joint letter to CGCS superintendents highlighting the importance of Advanced Placement and the critical role superintendents play in the College Board's All In campaign.
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.
Daniel R. Porterfield, President of Franklin & Marshall College and College Board Trustee co-wrote an op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer on new partnerships between Bloomberg Philanthropies, the College Board, and other college access organizations to build a new cadre of advisers who, over five years, will use technology to help as many as 125,000 more highly qualified low- and moderate-income students pursue college opportunities.
The College Board, in partnership with The Atlantic, today announced the establishment of The Atlantic & College Board Writing Prize to recognize exceptional high school student essays that insightfully analyze an important document from U.S. history.
La Conferencia del College Board, el foro educativo por excelencia en Puerto Rico, se celebrará los días 5 y 6 de marzo de 2015 en el Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino de San Juan. Este gran evento contará con sesiones académicas sobre las últimas tendencias en la educación, modelos, investigaciones y proyectos de vanguardia.
As part of the College Board’s recognition of Native American Heritage Month, members joined Steve Colon, Vice President of Access to Opportunity and Wendell Hall, Senior Director of Policy & Advocacy for a webinar focused on the work of the College Board’s Access to Opportunity Initiative, and how it can better serve the unique needs of the Native American community.