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PMSA Students Selected to Participate in SAT Initiative that Tracks Student Progress and Promotes College and Career Readiness

November 3, 2011 03:30 PM
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Forest Park, IL...At PTHS 209 preparing students for college and the workforce is key. At Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, students will get an extra boost. The school was recently selected to participate in a pilot high school SAT Readistep Research initiative which is designed to track and monitor student learning, progress, and college readiness while offering tools, data, and resources to improve instruction.

Readistep is the first step on the College Board’s College Readiness Pathway. It is an integrated series of assessments that include the PSAT/NMSQT and the SAT. Together, data from these assessments measure students’ progression of skills, and it helps schools and school districts make targeted interventions at critical points in a student’s educational career.

"We are extremely excited to be one of few high schools selected to participate in the SAT Readistep program," said PMSA principal, Mrs. Echols who was instrumental in helping PMSA to become a part of this college and career readiness initiative. "Through participation in Readistep, our students will have an opportunity to experience the first test in the PSAT/NMSQT / SAT series that helps us to measure and increase their level of college and career readiness. Once we receive our students’ data from Readistep, we can better identify areas of growth and areas of strength. We can also begin working with counselors and teachers to create more college and career pathways that are specific to individual needs. Overall, the program will provide additional resources as we continue to measure student development and foster the skills that our students need to stay on track for college success."

Usually, Readistep programs are only offered to middle school students to help determine their high school readiness. PMSA is participating in a pilot program that measures the college and career readiness of its sophomores.

The program is expected to give teachers insight into students’ academic progress and early feedback that enables them to help students to create a road map for success. It also equips teachers with the data to provide students the guidance they need in making college and career choices. The program is designed to help students realize that college is within their reach while fostering a "college-going culture." Additionally, Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy will earn $1,950.00 for their participation. Those funds will be used to purchase more career exploration software for PMSA’s guidance department.

For more information about the ReadiStep assessment, please visit readistep.collegeboard.org.
 
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