Five Districts Win First Official SAT Practice Challenge
Five Districts Win First Official SAT Practice ChallengeCollege Board Communications
This summer, the College Board, the Council of Great City Schools, and Khan Academy honored five winners of the first-ever Official SAT Practice All In Challenge.
The Challenge connected students from the nation’s largest urban public school systems to free Official SAT Practice, in an effort to boost college and career readiness.
Twenty-eight big-city districts volunteered for the inaugural challenge, and five districts were honored with the following awards:
- California’s Long Beach Unified School District received the “MVP” prize for having the highest overall percentage of students linking their College Board and Khan Academy accounts to receive free, personalized SAT practice.
- California’s Fresno Unified School District received the “Growth” prize for having the highest overall percent increase of students linking their College Board and Khan Academy accounts.
- Florida’s Orange County Public Schools in Orlando received the “Student: Proof of Practice” prize for having the highest average weekly percentage of students with active Official SAT Practice accounts.
- Colorado's Denver Public Schools received the “Time: Proof of Practice” prize with its students logging the most minutes on Official SAT Practice per week.
- Illinois's Chicago Public Schools received the “Problems Completed: Proof of Practice” prize with its students completing the most Official SAT Practice problems per week.
Each of these districts will receive money to put toward initiatives that advance student success and opportunity.
“There are many success stories to share about the hard work and incredible growth that our districts and students made through this challenge,” says Council of Great City Schools Executive Director Michael Casserly. “We’re proud of the 28 school districts that stepped up to the challenge and hope others will follow.”
“Our partnership with the Council of the Great City Schools and Khan Academy is helping bring these free, highly personalized practice tools to every corner of the country,” says College Board President and CEO David Coleman. “But make no mistake: behind every story of a student practicing on Khan Academy and succeeding on the SAT is a caring adult. We applaud the community of leaders across the five winning districts for their commitment to adopting these tools and propelling their students forward.”
Read the full press release.
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Students who've taken the SAT or a PSAT-related assessment can unlock a custom practice plan through Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy that identifies strengths and weaknesses.
“The PSAT is now a diagnostic for Khan Academy,” says Khan Academy founder Sal Khan. “If students share their PSAT score, Khan Academy can use that information to provide tailored practice in math, reading and writing.”
Check out the College Board’s suite of educator resources to find ways to bring these free practice tools to students.
See recently released data linking Official SAT Practice to substantial student score gains from the PSAT/NMSQT to the SAT.