College Board and CZI Partner to Provide Personalized Pathways to College Success
College Board and CZI Partner to Provide Personalized Pathways to College SuccessCollege Board Communications
Last week, the College Board and Khan Academy shared new results linking Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy to substantial student score gains from the PSAT/NMSQT to the redesigned SAT.
Today, we build on that momentum with more news: The College Board and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) are launching a two-year partnership that will help millions of students better prepare for college and career.
“When we look at students in America, we see incredible talent, but there are too many barriers in the way,” said College Board President David Coleman. “The College Board and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative are united in our belief that if we clear a path for all students, they won’t just walk down it, they’ll run.”
The College Board will dramatically expand access to unique, personalized learning pathways—including PSAT-related assessments, interactive SAT practice, and Advanced Placement courses—all of which help prepare and propel students forward and identify a postsecondary program that best fits their needs and passions.
Said Jim Shelton, president of education for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative: “The work being done by the College Board to help students tailor their SAT practice and prepare for college is a promising approach to scaling personalized learning. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is proud to support the College Board in its effort to reach more students across the country and fundamentally improve the access, experience, and preparation they make available to each student.”
THE WORK AHEAD.
The partnership will enable the College Board to bring to scale successful initiatives, including:
- Introducing more students Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy, which provides free, world-class and personalized online study tools for all students to prepare for the SAT. Newly released data link Official SAT Practice to substantial score gains from the PSAT/NMSQT to the SAT. Research confirmed that practice on Khan Academy advanced students regardless of gender, race, income, and high school GPA.
- Connecting more students to near-peer advisers through the College Advising Corps (CAC). CAC advisers are recent college graduates, many the first in their family to attend college, who serve full time in underrepresented high schools across the United States, providing personalized advice to high school students about navigating the path to college.
- Helping to bring AP Computer Science Principles (AP CSP) to every school district in the country, with a special focus on rural communities. The course, which launched in 2016, is transforming the way that students, especially underrepresented and female students, begin studying STEM subjects. AP CSP goes beyond coding, introducing students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenging them to explore how technology can impact the world, with a focus on creative problem solving and real-world applications.
With a special focus on students in lower-income communities and rural areas, the College Board will also collaborate with other organizations who work closely with students and educators, including the Council of the Great City Schools, the National Rural Education Association, TNTP, Character Lab, and Stanford University, and districts and states across the country.
Read about the announcement in USA Today.
Check out the announcement video below and press release for more details, including the ways we’re working to better understand and clear invisible barriers that can hold students back.