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 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.
10 Years of Advanced Placement Exam Data Show Significant Gains in Access and Success; Areas for Improvement
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.
Trends in Higher Education reports show that published college prices have continued to increase but that rate of increase has slowed
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.
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
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.
43 Percent of 2011 College-Bound Seniors Met SAT College and Career Readiness Benchmark
Source: College Board
The College Board today announced that 43 percent of 2011 college-bound seniors met the SAT® College and Career Readiness Benchmark. The SAT College and Career Readiness Benchmark represents the level of academic preparedness associated with a high likelihood of college success and completion. The SAT Benchmark is a very reliable tool for measuring the college and career readiness of groups of students. It was developed to help secondary school administrators, educators and policymakers evaluate the effectiveness of academic programs in order to better prepare students for success in college and beyond.
The College Board also announced that more college-bound students in the class of 2011 took the SAT than in any other high school graduating class in history. Nearly 1.65 million students from the 2011 graduating class participated in the college-going process by taking the SAT. The class of 2011 SAT takers represented the most diverse class in history, underscoring the College Board’s continued commitment to access, equity and minority participation.
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New College Board Trends Reports Price of College Continues to Rise Nationally, with Dramatic Differences in Pricing Policies from State to State
Increases in college prices for the 2011-12 academic year reflect the continued impact of a weakened economy as well as state funding that has not kept pace with the growth in college enrollments. For the fifth consecutive year, the percentage increase in average tuition and fees at public four-year colleges and universities was higher than the percentage increase at private nonprofit four-year colleges. While national data provide an important snapshot of overall college prices, this year’s data also reveal substantial state-to-state pricing variations underlying the national averages.
Student aid plays an important role in cushioning the impact of increases in published prices. New data reveal that the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC), implemented in 2009, increased the subsidies provided to students through the combination of education tax credits and deductions from about $7 billion in 2007-08 to an estimated $14.8 billion in 2009-10 and 2010-11.
New College Board Research: 86% of Young Americans Believe College is Essential
Source: College Board
One year after graduating from high school, most members of the Class of 2010 believe that earning a college degree is “definitely” worth it, according to a survey released today by the College Board, a not-for-profit organization. The comprehensive survey on college readiness and affordability, One Year Out, explores how young Americans assess their high school experience and its role in preparing them for life after graduation — be it work or postsecondary education.
With a year of formative new experiences behind them, the majority of 2010 high school graduates looks back positively on their time in high school, expressing satisfaction both with the collective experience and on a variety of specific measures. Still, while these recent graduates have a generally favorable view of their time in high school, almost all of them admit there is at least one thing they would change or do differently. Particularly, students wish they had taken more math, science and writing-intensive course work in high school to prepare for the rigors of college and the workforce. For example, 44% wish they had taken different courses in high school, particularly more math, science, and writing-intensive course work in high school to prepare for the rigors of college and the workforce. Nearly half (47%) say, with the benefit of hindsight, they wish they had worked harder in high school, and more than a third (37%) say the requirements for graduating high school should be made more difficult.
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Source: College Entrance Examination Board
From press release:
The 7th Annual AP Report to the Nation Highlights:
- Nearly 17 percent of public high school students from the class of 2010 completed high school with at least one successful AP experience.
- Though still underrepresented in AP classrooms, more minority students experienced success in AP than ever before.
- More low-income students participated and succeeded in AP than in previous years.
- More students are succeeding on AP science and math exams today than took these exams 10 years ago.
- The top 10 states with the greatest proportion of their seniors from the class of 2010 having at least one successful AP experience were: Maryland (26.4 percent), New York (24.6 percent), Virginia (23.7 percent), Connecticut (23.2 percent), Massachusetts (23.1 percent), California (22.3 percent), Florida (22.3 percent), Vermont (21.8 percent), Colorado (21.4 percent) and Utah (19.2 percent). (See Figure 2 in the AP’s Overall Reach section of the report)
- The states with the greatest five-year increases in the percentage of seniors scoring 3 or higher on an AP Exam were: Vermont, Florida, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, Colorado, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Washington.
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Individual state and subject supplements also available.