Looking Back and Looking Ahead at Forum 2016
Looking Back and Looking Ahead at Forum 2016Andrew Elwell, Director, Communications
During his town hall on Wednesday, College Board President and CEO David Coleman looked back at the challenges and successes of the past year, and looked ahead to the goals and priorities for the next.
Coleman promised a commitment to operational stability moving forward, and highlighted College Board’s growing partnership with the counseling community in this effort.
“The College Board needs to open up a new conversation with the counseling community,” he said.
To that end, he promised several improvements and enhancements in the coming year, including online access for counselors to students’ PSAT/NMSQT scores one week prior to students, an updated portal that is more usable, one-click access to the K-12 reporting portal, shortening the Student Data Questionnaire (SDQ) while still capturing valuable information from students, improving customer service for educators, and more.
The town hall also highlighted the power of providing transformative educational experiences to all students, and what it looks like when students take advantage of these opportunities. During an on-stage conversation, Coleman and Steve Bumbaugh, Senior Vice President of College and Career Access at the College Board, discussed how the College Board is helping provide all low-income, first-generation, students of color, rural, military, and home-school students with equal access to high-quality practice, counseling, challenging coursework, and other educational resources.
Bumbaugh, who has been a long-time mentor for local DC-area students, talked about his focus on the “power of human relationships with students.” Bumbaugh pointed to the College Board’s work with the College Advising Corps to increase access to college guidance for students who may not have access to a school counselor as a priority for the organization, noting that the College Board needs to clear a path for students to college with the adults and supports that can help a student along the way.
Their conversation delved into the role that practice plays in student success, particularly the transformative effect of devoted practice that is sustained over time.
“I think practice provides people with the safe space to fail,” Bumbaugh said.
Coleman introduced one example of the power of productive practice to the audience: Sabrina Rosales, a high school senior from Cesar E. Chavez High School in Houston. Sabrina used Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy every day Monday through Friday for at least an hour to get ready for the SAT. The result? An increase of 250 points on her SAT compared to her PSAT/NMSQT scores.
“I wanted to push myself even further,” she told Coleman and the audience about why she used Official SAT Practice.
Rosales, who plans to take the SAT again this fall, will be a first-generation college student and hopes to enroll at University of Texas at Austin.
“Isn’t it awesome that practice is an equal opportunity employer?” Coleman said. “The integration of assessments and practice that lets kids grow.”