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Delivering Opportunity and the Redesigned SAT

March 5, 2014 Comments off

Delivering Opportunity and the Redesigned SAT
Source: College Board

When students open their SAT test books in spring 2016, they’ll encounter an SAT that is more focused and useful than ever before. The full specifications of the exam along with extensive sample items for each section will be available on April 16, 2014. Major changes are described below.

The Basics

  • The redesigned SAT will first be given in spring 2016.
  • The SAT will be offered in print and, at selected locations, on computer.
  • There will be three sections: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, Math, and the Essay.
  • The length of the SAT will be about three hours, with an added 50 minutes for the essay. Precise timing will be finalized after further research.
  • The exam will once again be scored on a 400- to 1600-point scale. The Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section and the Math section will each be scored on a 200- to 800-point scale. Scores for the Essay will be reported separately.
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10 Years of Advanced Placement Exam Data Show Significant Gains in Access and Success; Areas for Improvement

February 20, 2014 Comments off

10 Years of Advanced Placement Exam Data Show Significant Gains in Access and Success; Areas for Improvement
Source: College Board

Research shows that students who succeed in rigorous course work such as Advanced Placement are developing college-level knowledge and skills while still in high school. These students are more likely than their peers to earn college degrees on time, providing an opportunity to save significant amounts of money. The College Board’s 10th Annual AP Report to the Nation, released today, shows that state leaders and educators are making significant progress in expanding both access to and success in AP.

Over the past decade, the number of students who graduate from high school having taken rigorous AP courses has nearly doubled, and the number of low-income students taking AP has more than quadrupled. Impressively, educators’ work to bring more students into Advanced Placement courses has resulted in a larger increase in the number of qualifying AP Exam scores (the scores typically required for college credit) than in the number of low AP scores.

Categories: College Board, education, K-12

Trends in Higher Education reports show that published college prices have continued to increase but that rate of increase has slowed

October 23, 2013 Comments off

Trends in Higher Education reports show that published college prices have continued to increase but that rate of increase has slowed
Source: College Board

A recent report in the College Board’s Trends in Higher Education series, Education Pays 2013, showed that higher education is an investment that pays big dividends over the course of a lifetime. Today, the College Board’s 30th annual Trends in Student Aid report and its companion report, Trends in College Pricing, reveal that in a still weak economy, students and families are being asked to pay more for this essential investment in their future.

While rapid increases in federal grant aid have made tuition increases less painful in recent years, that trend has not continued. The grant aid students receive from federal and state governments and from their institutions is no longer growing fast enough to keep net prices from increasing. As a result, the net price students actually pay for college — after accounting for grant aid and tax breaks — is rising even though the rapid increase in the published price for college has begun to slow.

Stagnant 2013 SAT® Results are Call to Action for the College Board

September 26, 2013 Comments off

Stagnant 2013 SAT® Results are Call to Action for the College Board
Source: College Board

With our country struggling to compete in a global marketplace and millions of skilled jobs left unfilled here at home, it is essential to ensure that our students are prepared for college and careers. However, data released today by the College Board reveals that only 43 percent of SAT® takers in the class of 2013 graduated from high school academically prepared for the rigors of college-level course work. This number has remained virtually unchanged during the last five years.

Class of 2012 Advanced Placement (R) Results Announced

February 21, 2013 Comments off

Class of 2012 Advanced Placement ® Results Announced (PDF)
Source: College Board

Data released today by the College Board as part of The 9th Annual AP Report to the Nation revealed that more high school graduates are participating — and succeeding — in college-level AP courses and exams than ever before. Succeeding in AP is defined as achieving a score of 3 or higher on the five-point AP Exam scale, which is the score needed for credit, advanced placement or both at the majority of colleges and universities.

New College Board Trends Reports: Public College Tuition Increases Slow; Rapid Growth in Federal Grant Aid Ends

October 25, 2012 Comments off

New College Board Trends Reports: Public College Tuition Increases Slow; Rapid Growth in Federal Grant Aid Ends

Source: College Board

While the 4.8% ($399) 2012-13 increase in published in-state tuition and fees at public four-year colleges and universities across the nation was lower than that of recent years, the rapid growth in federal aid — which for a few years actually reduced the average net prices students paid — has ended.

With two-thirds of full-time undergraduate students receiving grant aid, the net prices most students pay are lower than the published prices. In 2012-13, full-time undergraduates at public four-year institutions receive an estimated average of $5,750 in grant aid from all sources and federal tax benefits to help them pay the average $8,655 published tuition and fees. The students pay an average net tuition and fee price of just over $2,900. After declining for two years in inflation-adjusted dollars, the net price has risen each year since 2009-10.

In 2011-12, undergraduate students across all sectors of higher education received an average of $13,218 per full-time equivalent (FTE) student in financial aid, including $6,932 in grant aid from all sources, $5,056 in federal loans, and $1,230 in a combination of tax credits and deductions and Federal Work-Study. Federal grant aid for undergraduates nearly doubled from $26 billion (in 2011 dollars) to $52 billion between 2008-09 and 2010-11, but it declined to $49 billion in 2011-12.

SAT Report: Only 43 Percent of 2012 College-Bound Seniors Are College Ready

September 25, 2012 Comments off

SAT Report: Only 43 Percent of 2012 College-Bound Seniors Are College Ready

Source: College Board

More than ever, the population of students taking the SAT reflects the diverse makeup of America’s classrooms.

Among SAT takers in the class of 2012:

  • 45 percent were minority students (up from 44 percent in the class of 2011 and 38 percent in the class of 2008) making this the most diverse class of SAT takers ever
  • Among public school SAT takers in the class of 2012, 46 percent were minority students, up from 39 percent five years ago
  • 28 percent reported that English was not exclusively their first language (up from 27 percent in the class of 2011 and 24 percent in the class of 2008).
  • Among public school SAT takers in the class of 2012, 25 percent reported that English was not exclusively their first language, up from 23 percent five years ago.
  • 36 percent of all students reported their parents’ highest level of education as a high school diploma or less.
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