Juniors in Delaware’s public schools now can register to take the SAT college readiness exam for free during the school day on Wednesday, April 17. Funded by the state as part of Delaware’s $119 million federal Race to the Top grant, the program promotes a school culture that encourages more students to pursue education after high school. The state began this program in 2011, and this year, more students across the state entered their senior year of high school with a key college admission credential.
“Every 11th grader in our public schools, including those who may not have had the means or incentive to do so on their own, now has the opportunity to take this exam, an admission requirement for many of our nation’s institutions of higher learning,” Secretary of Education Mark Murphy said. “Since 2011, we’ve heard the stories of students who hadn’t before considered going to college. This opportunity changed that.
“This program is about providing all of our students options so they have the freedom to choose the post-high school path that is right for them,” he said.
Students can register for SAT School Day online at http://sat.collegeboard.org/schoolday/delaware through Wednesday, April 3. Registering is easy. Students only need four things: an email account, a free College Board online account, their EDUID (State ID) number and their SAT student voucher, available from their school counselor. Every SAT registration includes up to four free score reports that can be sent to colleges and scholarship services.
Registering for the SAT also enables students to participate in the College Board’s Student Search Service, through which students can let colleges, universities and scholarship programs know they are interested in hearing from them. Students participating in the Student Search Service also have the opportunity to receive educational and financial aid information from colleges, universities and scholarship programs.
Research has shown that taking a rigorous curriculum in high school is the best way to prepare for college and for the SAT. To help Delaware students familiarize themselves with the SAT and prepare for the SAT, the Delaware Department of Education and the College Board are providing all public school juniors with free access to The Official SAT Online Course™. Additional free and low-cost SAT practice tools and resources -- including a free, full-length practice test and The Official SAT Question of the Day -- are available at http://sat.collegeboard.org.
Students can use their SAT scores to research colleges and universities on the College Board’s free comprehensive college planning Web site, BigFuture.org. The BigFuture site was created with the Education Conservancy and in consultation with students and educators to help make the college planning process simpler and more accessible. BigFuture.org walks students through each step of the college planning process, from finding colleges that fit and writing a college essay to applying for financial aid. At the site, students can watch videos from real students giving tips on college planning, such as what do to on a campus visit, and explore college options with advice from school representatives.
Students also have access to Skills Insight, which is a general guide to help students determine their current skill level in reading, writing and math — the areas tested on the SAT.
Created by educators and aligned to Common Core State Standards, the SAT tests the reading, mathematics and writing skills and the knowledge students acquire during high school. The SAT provides a fair, national benchmark for assessing a student’s college and career readiness. Scores for each section of the SAT are reported on a 200- to 800-point scale, with additional subscores reported for the essay (ranging from 2 to 12) and for multiple-choice writing questions (on a 20- to 80-point scale). The SAT provides valuable feedback to students and families, including a detailed breakdown of a student’s score in each section, with insight into academic strengths and areas for improvement.
This year (2012-13) SAT School Day will be administered to all public school students in the states of Delaware and Idaho, as well as in school districts across 10 states (Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas and Washington) and Washington, D.C.
“Ensuring that as many high school students as possible have the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in college is more important now than at any point in our nation’s history, so we are pleased to see states and districts guiding students to a key college credential by hosting SAT School Day,” said College Board Vice President James Montoya, a former dean of admission. “College is a major family financial investment, and the SAT helps students identify the colleges and universities where they have the highest likelihood of academic success. When used in combination with high school grades, the SAT is the most valid predictor of first-year college performance. ”
More information about last year’s Delaware administration is available here.
Delaware Department of Education
401 Federal Street, Suite #2
Dover, Delaware 19901
Phone: (302) 735-4035
Fax: (302) 739-4654
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