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All Access sits down with College Board’s Vice President for Higher Education Access and Strategy Connie Betterton and Executive Director for Higher Education Initiatives Anne Sturtevant to discuss “prior-prior year,” or PPY, and get to the bottom of what educators and students can expect.

Announcing New Chief of Membership, Governance, and Higher Education: Ericka Miller
The College Board is pleased to announce that Ericka Miller will become our new Chief of Membership, Governance and Higher Education. Ericka will lead our overall work in Membership, Governance, and Higher Education, ensuring effective integration and collaboration among these critical divisions. Read more about Ericka!
PPY Among Discussion Topics at College Board Joint Council Meeting

College Board’s member leaders gathered in New York City on September 27-28, shortly after the federal government announced that the FAFSA would move to use of prior-prior year (PPY) income information (families will be asked to report income from two years prior). A big question on the minds of K12 and higher ed member leaders alike was: what does PPY mean for students?

Barbara Jenkins, Superintendent of Orange County Public Schools, Orange County, FL

This post originally appeared in the Orlando Sentinel on October 14, 2015. Click here to access the original article.

With so much discussion of late regarding testing, this is a good time to talk about some positive aspects of student assessment that can provide significant opportunities for their future.

Wendell D. Hall, Ph.D., Senior Director for Policy and Advocacy, the College Board

Every year, millions of students take the PSAT/NMSQT — the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test — but many students and parents are unaware of the benefits of this exam. College Board's Wendell Hall reflects on how the PSAT/NMSQT is more than just a test you take at school: It opens the door to scholarships, information from colleges, AP classes, and free practice for the SAT.

Students can get SAT Practice Scores Instantly on their Smartphone with New App
Students will now be able to get their SAT practice scores in seconds, right from their smartphone, for free. Today the College Board launched a new free SAT practice smartphone application: “Daily Practice for the New SAT”.
Counselors learn details about the redesigned SAT and take part in a free, interactive workshop
Counselors across the country are attending free counselor workshops, as the College Board works to make sure that the people who are guiding our students through the college planning process have the latest, most accurate information and resources available on our redesigned assessments, financial aid, and college advising in general.
In the News: How the College Board changed its standardized testing approach

"It may come as some surprise that one of the first people who will admit that the current testing model is broken is also at the helm of the company that produces some of the biggest tests in K-12 and higher ed, the Advanced Placement and SAT exams." Read more from EducationDive's post on how the College Board is moving beyond assessments.

Rebecca Wenrich, 2015 SpringBoard Teacher of Distinction

The College Board is pleased to announce Rebecca Wenrich as the 2015 SpringBoard Teacher of Distinction. Ms. Wenrich, who has been an English Language Arts teacher at Gig Harbor (Wash.) High School since 2006, is being recognized for her effective teaching practices and successful implementation of SpringBoard in the classroom. 

Prior-Prior Year and Higher Education Finance Models Among Topics for the 2016 Higher Ed Colloquium
FAFSA's recent shift to Prior-Prior year will be a hot topic of discussion at the 2016 Higher Ed Colloquium, taking place January 9-11 in Coronado, California. Learn more about the program, and how to register.