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State Board of Education Votes to Replace SBAC with SAT for High School Juniors

The State Board of Education met today at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.

The State Board of Education met today at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.

CEA has been a strong advocate for reducing the number of tests students are required to take, and today’s state Board of Education vote to adopt the SAT as the state’s mastery test for eleventh graders in place of SBAC moves Connecticut in the right direction. The board’s SAT vote comes as the last step in a process that began with a recommendation from CEA and other organizations on Connecticut’s High School Assessment Working Group.

“As a student who took both tests last year I think this makes a lot of sense,” student board member Timothy Noel-Sullivan, a senior at Classical Magnet in Hartford, said. Many high school juniors were overwhelmed last spring when they found themselves taking the SBAC, SAT, and Advanced Placement exams all within a short time period.

Newly appointed state board member William Davenport said,  “As a high school teacher, I heard a lot of the same complaints from my students. After awhile the students don’t take all of these tests seriously.” Read more

SAT Scores for Class of 2015 Released

SATs scores are down slightly this year in Connecticut, however the percentage of students taking the exam has increased, with 89.3 percent of students from the class of 2015 taking the SAT, compared to 88.4 percent of the class of 2014, and only 84 percent of the class of 2011.

The percentage of students taking the SAT will further increase in future years since the state has chosen to use the SAT as its mastery test for 11th graders and will pay for all students in the state to take the exam. Earlier this year the legislature approved and the governor signed a bill to eliminate SBAC testing for eleventh graders based on the recommendation of CEA and other education stakeholders.

Click here to see student SAT scores by district.

Starting in March 2016, the College Board will start administering a new version of the SAT with an optional essay, no guessing penalty, and a new approach to vocabulary.

Assessing the Assessors: Examining What Latest SAT & ACT Testing Programs Can Offer Students & Teachers

Competition between the SAT and the ACT is heating up as a state panel explores whether to select one of the tests as Connecticut’s official high school...

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Connecticut AP and SAT Scores Out for 2014

Thanks to their own hard work and that of their teachers, more Connecticut students took an Advanced Placement (AP) exam this year, raising their scores, and narrowing the achievement gap. According to the State Department of Education, more students (4.1 percent) took an AP exam in 2014 than in 2013 and more (3.8 percent) received a score of 3 or higher.

Black and Hispanic students showed particularly large increases in participation. The number of black students taking the exam increased by 17.3 percent with nearly a quarter more receiving a score of 3 or higher. Hispanic students’ participation rose by 13.7% with 17% receiving a score of 3 or higher. Read more

Study Shows College Applicants Who Don’t Submit SAT Scores Do Just as Well

Photo by albertogp123 via Flickr.

Photo by albertogp123 via Flickr.

Studying for and taking the SATs are a rite of passage for college-bound high school students, but a new study is casting doubt on the usefulness of this high-stakes exam. At colleges and universities that have made the submission of SAT scores optional, students who did not submit scores had a cumulative GPA only 0.05 percent lower and a college graduation rate just 0.6 percent lower than students who did submit scores. Read more

SAT Scores Cause for Concern?

Photo by albertogp123 via Flickr.

Photo by albertogp123 via Flickr.

SAT results were released today, and Connecticut’s scores remained flat, as they did on average for the entire country. (Scores for individual Connecticut schools can be found here.) This has led to some doom and gloom responses from news outlets like The Atlantic, which titled its article on the subject, “This Year’s SAT Scores Are Out, and They’re Grim.”

Is so much negativity warranted? Valerie Strauss, writing for The Washington Post’s “The Answer Sheet” blog doesn’t think so. In her post, “Why the new SAT scores are meaningless,” Strauss says that even David Coleman, president of the College Board, which owns the SATs, has said the test needs to be redesigned.

What’s more, an increasing number of colleges and universities no longer require prospective students to submit SAT scores because they don’t think SATs are a strong predictor of college success. Thomas Rochon, the president of Ithaca College, wrote about his institution’s decision to no longer require the SAT for USNews earlier this month.

Our first realization was that test scores add relatively little to our ability to predict the success of our students. Studies undertaken by the SAT’s sponsor, the College Board, generally indicate that the SAT adds only modestly to the prediction of student success after high school GPA is taken into account. Our internal study showed similar results, validating that the loss of test score information at the time of admission makes very little difference in our ability to identify how successful applicants will later become as college students.

In addition, we know that some potential students are deterred from applying to colleges that require a test score because they are not comfortable taking standardized tests. In fact, groundbreaking research by psychologist Claude Steele, now dean for the School of Education at Stanford University, has shown that underrepresented groups are more likely than others to be put off by test score requirements.

How has it worked out for Ithaca College?  Rochon wrote, “We … enrolled a freshman class of over 1,800 students – 100 more than our target enrollment. The fall 2013 freshman class will be the most diverse in our history, with 22 percent of the class identifying themselves as members of underrepresented groups.”

2011 SAT Scores Released

The College Board released SAT results for 2011 today. You can find a complete review of Connecticut data here.

From the press release:

In Connecticut, the largest and most diverse group of graduating seniors in state history participated in the college-going process by taking the SAT®. More students in the Connecticut high school graduating class of 2011 took the SAT than any other class in state history. Of the state’s 2011 college-bound seniors who took the SAT, 28 percent were minority students, up from 27 percent in 2010 and 22 percent in 2007. As in past years, Connecticut students who completed a core curriculum and/or pursued more advanced course work tended to achieve greater success on the SAT.