5. College and Career Assessments
Promote preparation, participation and performance in college and career assessments by all students.
- Help students know the types, importance and use of college and career assessments,
when to take them, and how to apply them to their academic and career planning.
- Help students become test savvy
through test prep that includes overcoming test anxiety, types of test questions, how to make an educated guess, types of directions, practice tests, registration, logistics of test day, scoring and fee waivers.
- Help students use test scores and relevant analysis
to identify skill gaps and plan strategies for skill development and course selection.
- Identify any policies, practices or procedures, or structural barriers
that may limit test participation.
- Encourage your school to become an SAT and ACT test site
or to become an SAT test site for school day testing to provide greater access to all students.
- Help teachers integrate testing information into their classes
and use test results and diagnostic information to identify student skill gaps.
- Collaborate with middle or junior high school counselors
to share information about college and career assessments as well as the connection between taking rigorous courses and test performance.
- Collaborate with other high school counselors in your district
to build networks and to share strategies to become a test site.
- Create outreach efforts to ensure that parents and families are aware
of their role in assisting their children in the college and career assessment process (see student interventions).
- Help parents and families learn how to obtain fee waivers and free materials
and to evaluate the pros and cons of test coaching and costs.
- Help parents and families engage in the college and career assessment process
so they can assist their children. Emphasize that students’ options after high school will be limited if they are not engaged in this process.
- Collaborate with local libraries or any center with online access
so students can access career and interest inventories, programs and practice tests outside of school.
- Develop networks in the school community
to assist students who may need transportation to an SAT or ACT testing site. Build a community fund for students who need additional financial support to take the SAT, SAT Subject Tests and the ACT.
- Collaborate with local transit systems to secure fee waivers
or fare reduction on test days for test routes and other transit passes.
- Participation in career/interest assessments
- Participation in ReadiStep™, PSAT/NMSQT, EXPLORE and PLAN
- Performance on ReadiStep, PSAT/NMSQT, EXPLORE and PLAN
- Participation in SAT, SAT Subject Tests and ACT
- Performance on SAT, SAT Subject Tests and ACT