All across the country, states and districts are choosing to use the SAT or a PSAT-related assessment as a universal measure of student progress. Because of this growing trend, unprecedented numbers of students have increased access to the opportunities these tests provide.
As the number of states and districts offering College Board assessments to entire classes during the school day grows, so too will the number of students taking advantage of the opportunities these assessments provide.
- 12 states, the District of Columbia, and 561 districts administered the new SAT or a PSAT-related assessment to their students in 2015-16, compared to eight states, the District of Columbia, and 429 districts that administered the old SAT or PSAT-related assessments in 2014-15.
- In 2016-17, we expect that 13 states, the District of Columbia, and over 700 districts will administer the SAT and/or a PSAT-related assessment to their students. Many states will use a test in the SAT Suite of Assessments as part of their state or school accountability systems.
SAT Suite of Assessments Connects District Students to College Opportunity
For Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) in southern California, a key step in preparing students for college is offering the SAT Suite of Assessments—the PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10, PSAT/NMSQT, and SAT—for free during the school day. Doing so not only helps connect their students to opportunities, such as AP classes and scholarship opportunities, it provides the district with valuable information to support their students on the road to college.
Connecting students to the SAT Suite of Assessments has been a driving force in encouraging their students to connect to free SAT practice through Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy. To date, 73% of LBUSD students who took a PSAT-related assessment have linked their College Board and Khan Academy accounts to access personalized SAT study plans based on their test results.
“The College Board and Khan Academy’s customized online tutorials help to level the playing field for students. We provide these resources at no cost to students and parents, who appreciate the great value that we're adding to the college prep effort. By accurately assessing students’ strengths and areas for improvement, and then providing effective and targeted support based upon that assessment, we’re reaching more students and seeing more of them prepare for success in college.”
— Christopher J. Steinhauser, Superintendent, Long Beach Unified School District
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