It's time for the first industry update of 2016!
For those of you who are unfamiliar, these posts take a look at the current events that took place over the past month in the world of education, college admissions, financial aid, and test prep that might affect parents and their high school aged children.
The Evolution of the SAT
NPR has a really interesting article containing the History of the SAT in 4 Questions. Each of these four questions are taken from different SAT tests throughout the past hundred years.
Parents, you might find the analogy question rather familiar looking. This post gives a good idea of how the SAT has been constantly evolving, which is a rather hot topic right now since the last "Old" SAT was just administered (not including the students who had their exams postponed).
PSAT Score Release
PSAT scores were released online earlier this month. If you're looking for an understanding of what these scores really mean you'll want to read this post: PSAT Results: What the Numbers REALLY Mean & How to Prep for the NEW SAT.
Afterwards, if you're searching for next steps, you might want to check out: PSAT Scores Are Out: Here's What You Should Do Next. There's an explanation of the National Merit Scholarship, how to see if your student qualified, and if so, what that means.
College Admissions Reform?
Harvard's Graduate School of Education posted a report calling for more schools to either go test-optional or to consider test scores less. Instead, they believe colleges should take other things into stronger consideration, such as the student's involvement in community service, passion for learning, and engagement with the public good. Reuters has a post breaking down and explaining the report.
Essentially, Harvard believes that students should be joining more extracurricular activities or volunteering for causes they care about vs. spending so much time studying for standardized tests.
On a similar note, NPR Ed posted an article with a look at what college admissions officers really think when they review applications including three do's and dont's for students.
- U.S. News published a post detailing ways to reduce stress of taking standardized tests.
- USA Today debunks 5 FAFSA myths
- Time explains how more and more college admissions officers are taking a look at a student's social media accounts, and what students should do about that.