College Board Partners with AIR Assessment to Expand Digital SAT Testing
College Board Partners with AIR Assessment to Expand Digital SAT TestingCollege Board Communications
This school year, the College Board will take a significant step forward in administering the SAT digitally. The College Board is announcing a partnership with AIR Assessment, a division of American Institutes for Research (AIR), to use its platform to deliver a digital version of the SAT Suite of Assessments. The partnership with AIR Assessment marks the next phase in the College Board’s digital evolution, responding to the needs of many educators and students. AIR Assessment is a best-in-class and trusted digital provider with which many states and districts are familiar.
This December, the College Board will pilot a digital, non-operational version of the SAT during school day administrations in partner districts on AIR Assessment’s platform. The pilot is an opportunity to test administration processes and instructions related to the use of the AIR Assessment platform prior to operational administrations. In spring 2018, operational versions of the digital SAT—in which students will receive college-reportable scores—will be offered in districts in Ohio and in a limited number of additional districts throughout the U.S. The PSAT 8/9 will also be administered digitally in districts across the country.
Ultimately, the College Board will offer a digital SAT option during the school day to all interested states, districts, and schools. A paper and pencil version of the SAT will continue to be available in order to make the test as accessible as possible to all students.
“We have heard from many educators and students who are asking for a digital version of the SAT,” said Cyndie Schmeiser, Senior Advisor to the President at the College Board. “We are pleased to be able to offer the SAT and its related assessments in both paper and pencil and digital formats to accommodate the needs of those we serve.”
“In AIR Assessment, the College Board has selected a partner organization that shares its commitment to opportunity and access for all students,” said Jon Cohen, President, AIR Assessment. “Our online testing platform reflects this commitment by providing industry-leading accessibility, tools, and embedded supports. Dozens of states have successfully adopted our online testing system, without the need for large infrastructure investments, enabling the College Board to deliver digital assessments to any school, district, or state that wants an online option.”
The College Board currently offers digital testing with its CLEP, ACCUPLACER, and SpringBoard assessments.