By: Sharon Aron Baron
As part of its mission to increase students’ access to college and to encourage and support a college and career-going culture, Broward County Public Schools is offering all high school juniors the opportunity to take the SAT, at no cost to students on SAT School Day.
That’s a savings of $43.00, keeping in mind that this will not include the essay portion of the exam.
SAT School Day, in partnership with the College Board held April 12, 2016, provides equal access to all juniors in preparation for college admissions and scholarship opportunities.
The District’s SAT School Day initiative aims to remove barriers that may prevent students from taking the test, including a limited number of testing days and locations, financial concerns, lack of test prep opportunities and transportation to weekend testing sites.
“We want every student to be able to participate in the SAT process as part of their post-secondary pursuits,” said Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “SAT School Day is the next step to making sure that every student is college and career ready. In partnering with the College Board to build a culture of college and career readiness, we are investing in every student’s future.”
By providing students with the opportunity to take the exam free of cost during the regular school day, the District has removed challenges and barriers that might further reduce students’ chances of participating. The new SAT School Day initiative addresses disparities among students preparing for and taking the critical college access exam and furthers the District’s goal to strengthen paths that not only lead to graduation, but also prepare students for college and career.
“Many more Broward students will have a path to college thanks to Superintendent Runcie’s decision to bring the SAT School Day to every public school in the county,” said College Board President and CEO David Coleman. “We are grateful to everyone at Broward County Public Schools whose dedication to students has made it possible to deliver these benefits.”
Test scores can weigh heavily in admissions to colleges and universities. They can also play a big role in awarding scholarships. For example, BCPS students currently take the PSAT/NMSQT in 10th grade, which offers students an opportunity to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program, an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. Through this partnership with the College Board, BCPS students will have access to online personalized learning through Khan Academy and other college planning tools that provide comprehensive information to guide students preparing for the SAT, and researching colleges and universities.
“A college and career-going culture ensures that students are academically prepared, emotionally resilient, and that the admission tests and financial forms are completed before graduation,” said BCPS Chief Academic Officer Daniel Gohl. “Broward County Public Schools is focused on ensuring that all students complete the steps needed to have the choice of going to college.”
BCPS is one of 20 school districts in Florida taking part in the SAT School Day Program in partnership with the College Board.
How to register:
If the student is a registered BCPS high school junior, they should have been notified by their school of the opportunity. Each high school is registered as a testing site. Students will receive an admission ticket in the mail prior to the test date. Students may reach out to their school’s testing coordinator for additional information.
Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Coral Springs Talk. CST was created in 2012 to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Coral Springs, Parkland and the rest of South Florida.