College & Workforce Readiness Collection

The New SAT

Education Week looks at the revamped SAT, set to debut in March 2005, and its effects on schools and students.

Federal Spellings Hits Road, Stresses Charter Plan
The Bush administration's plan for NCLB renewal includes expanding the role of charter schools and revamping high school instruction.
Alyson Klein, January 30, 2007
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College & Workforce Readiness Test-Takers Also to Face More Rigorous SAT Math Section
Students taking the revamped SAT this spring will face a broader test of their abilities in advanced mathematics, a level of rigor that reflects the higher standards many states are making a part of their high school graduation requirements.
Sean Cavanagh, February 1, 2005
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Students prepare for the new SAT.
Arria Ibach, standing, helps students at South Lakes High School in Reston, Va., prepare for the new SAT. The retooled college-admissions test, with an essay requirement, will be administered for the first time next month.
Hector Emanuel for Education Week
Reading & Literacy SAT’s Next Chapter About to Be Written
Starting in March, the SAT, taken annually by more than 1.4 million college-bound students, will undergo its most significant change since 1994. Changes include revised math and critical reading sections, and a new writing portion.
Vaishali Honawar, February 1, 2005
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Reading & Literacy Educators Hope SAT’s New Essay Will Bolster Writing in Schools
Twenty-five minutes may not seem like much time to ponder a provocative passage about human nature and to draft an essay outlining one’s views on a related philosophical question. But high school students taking part in the ritual of the nation’s most- used college-entrance exam will have to do just that, beginning in March.
Kathleen Kennedy Manzo, February 1, 2005
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Jon Erickson
Jon Erickson, the vice president of educational services for ACT Inc., says colleges indicated to the college-admissions test organization that they did not want a mandatory written essay.
Jason A. Cook for Education Week
Reading & Literacy ACT Admissions Test, Like Rival, Adds Essay, But Makes It Optional
Like any pair of longtime competitors, the sponsors of the nation’s two major college-entrance exams, the SAT and ACT, regularly scrutinize each other’s work, and adjust their own accordingly.
Sean Cavanagh, February 1, 2005
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