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UC regents unanimously endorse restoring affirmative action 06/16/2020

UC regents unanimously endorse restoring affirmative action University of California regents unanimously endorse a state measure to repeal Proposition 209, passed in 1996, clearing the way to restore affirmative action in public education, contracting and employment. The UC president, all 10 campus chancellors, and faculty, graduate and undergraduate…

06/03/2020

Just received this update from the College Board:

Dear Colleague,

We’re contacting you today with news about the SAT® for you and your students, but we know there are more important things than tests right now. We must first acknowledge that this is a heavy and heartbreaking moment in our nation’s history. Protests continue this week in response to the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor and the racial injustice those and other tragedies represent. This comes at a time when people of color have died at disproportionately high rates from covid-19. At the College Board, we’re engaging in deep discussion about how we respond to these issues that are so ingrained in the missions of all your school communities.

Because SAT registration is opening to all students tomorrow, it’s critical to provide information today about availability for fall SAT administrations, and we’re asking our member institutions to offer flexibility in admissions this year to reduce anxiety for students. Please see details below.

Update on an At-Home SAT Option

The College Board will pause on offering an at-home SAT this year because taking it would require three hours of uninterrupted, video-quality internet for each student, which can’t be guaranteed for all. We'll continue to develop remote proctoring capabilities to make an at-home SAT possible in the future. We will also continue to deliver the SAT online in some schools but won’t introduce the stress that could result from extended at-home testing in an already disrupted admissions season.

In-Person SAT Registration

For students, the uncertainty stemming from the virus has also created a heightened anxiety around their fall applications. On May 28, we opened SAT registration for students who were most in need of a testing opportunity—students in the high school classes of 2020 or 2021 who don’t yet have an SAT score. There was a flood of demand for testing opportunities that caused interruptions and delays in our registration system. We regret any stress that caused you or the students you serve. Since Friday, registration has flowed smoothly.

Registration opens to all students this week. This year, many centers will have fewer seats because of social distancing guidelines and may encounter unexpected closures.

The College Board continues to do all it can to expand availability of the SAT at in-person test centers. We're providing additional SAT administrations every month, beginning in August. Today, we also announced there will be an exam date in January 2021 if there's demand for it. While we can't directly control capacity and test center availability, we're working with local high schools, colleges, and other sites to increase seating capacity in areas where August and September registration is filling up.

Additionally, state and large district SAT School Day partners plan to offer the SAT to students, for free, in the fall to replace canceled administrations in the spring.

Current SAT Capacity

In many states and districts, there are still ample seats available for students who haven’t yet registered. However, there’s higher demand for the August administration, and importantly, in certain areas, August and September already are full or nearing capacity.



Overall, in August, less than 25% of capacity is filled; in September, less than 10% of capacity is filled; in October, about 5% of capacity is filled.



Certain states have lower capacity, for August in particular, including Massachusetts (at 75% capacity), Rhode Island (at 60% capacity), Washington state (at 59% capacity), and New Jersey (at 58% capacity).

It's the unfortunate reality that students in the densely populated areas hardest hit by covid-19 will face the greatest challenge in finding open seats because of scarce test centers. Therefore, the College Board is asking member colleges to provide flexibility to students in three ways:



Accept scores as late as possible in their process, especially extending the score deadlines for early action and early decision to take some pressure off and give students more time to test and send their scores.



Equally consider students for admission who are unable to take the exam due to covid-19 as those who submitted scores. (The College Board will keep colleges up to date on testing availability.)



Recognize that students who do submit scores may not have been able to take the test more than once (e.g., taking into account that students who tested as high school juniors but who couldn’t test as seniors would've likely achieved score gains).

We know that this year colleges understand the importance of paying especially close attention to the context in which all students live and learn as they make admissions decisions. Thank you more than ever for your partnership in these challenging times.

Sincerely,

College Board

Notre Dame to Bring Students Back to Campus Early 05/20/2020

This could be a trend... Are you ready for college in August?

Notre Dame to Bring Students Back to Campus Early The university says will bring all students back to its South Bend. Ind., campus to start the next academic year two weeks early.

04/23/2020

JUNIORS:
This message was just released from the College Board regarding the SAT. A new test date has been added in September. See the full message from the College Board below:

"We're working to ensure that students will have opportunities to take the SAT® to make up for this spring’s lost administrations. Today we're sharing with you that we've added a new SAT administration for Saturday, September 26, 2020. This date will be for the SAT only, in the United States and internationally, with no SAT Subject Tests™ available. Sunday testing for religious reasons will be on September 27.

Registration for the 2020-21 SAT administrations will open the week of May 26. At that point, June registrants will be able to transfer their seat to a 2020-21 administration. All other students in the high school class of 2021 who don't have SAT scores will also have early access to register for the August, September, and October administrations. This includes students who had registered for March or May and had their registrations canceled and refunded. For each administration this year, we're also preparing to significantly expand our capacity.

Our top priorities are the health and safety of students and educators. Please note we'll only move forward with the administrations if it's safe to do so from a public health standpoint.

If you have questions, call Customer Service at 866-756-7346 (domestic) or +1-212-713-7789 (international). We'll also regularly update our webpage with information.

Thank you for your partnership. We appreciate your understanding during this unprecedented time.

Sincerely,

College Board

04/15/2020

College Board cancels June SAT -- but will offer more testing in the coming months.

Below is the message from the College Board that was released today.

We hope you're doing well during this challenging time. As the College Board continues to respond to the impact of the coronavirus, our thoughts are with you.

In the face of school closures, we’re adapting to give students opportunities to show their strengths and continue on the path to college. Our top priorities are the health and safety of students and educators.

Right now, public health officials have made it clear it's not safe to gather students in one place. Many U.S. states have closed schools for the rest of the academic year, and globally there are widespread school closures across 192 countries. As such, we won't be able to administer the SAT® and SAT Subject Tests™ as planned on June 6, 2020.

We're working hard to make the SAT available in school and out of school as soon as the public health situation allows. Students will have opportunities to take the SAT to make up for this spring’s lost administrations.

If it’s safe from a public health standpoint, we'll provide weekend SAT administrations every month through the end of the calendar year, beginning in August. This includes a new administration in September and the previously scheduled tests on August 29, October 3, November 7, and December 5.

Students will be able to register for these administrations beginning in May. We’ll communicate directly with students when the exact date is available. Eligible students will be able to take the exam with a fee waiver. Students who were registered for June and those in the high school class of 2021 who don't have SAT scores will have early access to registration for the August, September, and October administrations.

For each administration, we’re preparing to significantly expand our capacity for students to take the SAT when schools reopen. We’re calling on our member schools and colleges, as well as local communities, to open their doors and provide additional test center capacity so every student who wants to can take the SAT.

In addition, almost all of our state and many of our district partners have expressed their interest in providing SAT School Day administrations in September or October. Specific information about state and district testing will be shared in the coming weeks.

In the unlikely event that schools don't reopen this fall, the College Board will provide a digital SAT for home use, much as we’re delivering digital exams for three million Advanced Placement® students this spring. As we’re doing with at-home AP® Exams, we would ensure that at-home SAT testing is simple; secure and fair; accessible to all; and valid for use in college admissions.

We're committed to giving students as many chances as we can to show their strengths to admissions officers. As we navigate this evolving situation, we'll continue to rely on your partnership to ensure students have what they need as they apply to college during the 2020-21 school year.

We'll regularly update our webpage with information. Thank you for your partnership during this unprecedented time.

Sincerely,

College Board

Virtually Possible: Locking Down The College Search In A Global Pandemic 04/03/2020

Another great article from our friend, Brennan Bernard from Derryfield School. He sums up this period of time so nicely and provides great resources. Happy Friday everyone. Enjoy!

Virtually Possible: Locking Down The College Search In A Global Pandemic It is virtually possible to search for a college during this health crisis, and to do so in a thoughtful and meaningful way. Consider these tips for beginning your stay-at-home college search.

April Fool's Posts Falsely Claim Students Must Repeat the School Year 04/01/2020

It's April Fool's Day...don't fall for this stuff. Email your counselor if you have questions. :)

April Fool's Posts Falsely Claim Students Must Repeat the School Year April Fool's Day brought a spate of false posts claiming students will have to repeat the school year. While many schools across the U.S. closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, there's no indication they'll call for repeating the school year.

UC admissions requirements to help students, families in wake of COVID-19 04/01/2020

Very big news!!!

UC admissions requirements to help students, families in wake of COVID-19 The University of California acted last night (March 31) to implement temporary measures which relax undergraduate admissions requirements for students looking to enroll at UC for fall 2020 and future years as applicable. These measures will help mitigate some of the extraordinary challenges student...

03/30/2020

An update from the College Board:

We hope this finds you and yours well. Let me begin by saying how deeply everyone at the College Board appreciates the vital role school counselors, teachers, AP coordinators, principals, and superintendents have played in the past few weeks providing guidance and comfort to students and their families, even as you deal with the stresses on you and your own families. We wish you the best during this immensely challenging time.

In the face of the significant disruptions caused by the coronavirus, the College Board has been seeking and listening to your input on how we might best support you and your students now and in the coming months.

You have been clear: The College Board needs to act to reassure students, counselors, high schools, and higher education that we're committed to providing support, flexibility, and solutions during this crisis.

Because students overwhelmingly told us they want to take their AP Exams, we're providing online learning and AP Exams available at home for all students this spring. We're so grateful to the community of extraordinary teachers who stepped up to teach live classes on YouTube, as well as all the AP educators helping students continue with their study.

We're working to ensure students have the supports they need, including approved accommodations, that low-income students have access to devices and connectivity to participate remotely from home, and that students receive the AP credit they've earned through these exams. Finally, the security of the AP Exams is a top priority. The exam questions are designed and administered in ways that prevent cheating, and we use a range of digital security tools and techniques, including plagiarism detection software, to protect the integrity of the exams.

We know that students are anxious about how the coronavirus crisis will affect the college application process, including taking the SAT. We're committed to being flexible and innovative to give all students opportunities to test as soon as the situation allows. We'll share more details as soon as possible, but today we can tell you the following:


Currently, the next SAT is scheduled for the first weekend of June. We'll make a decision about whether we can safely hold that administration as soon as it is feasible, given the evolving public health situation.


We'll add U.S. and international test administrations in response to canceled administrations. We'll be flexible in making the SAT available in school and out of school as soon as the public health situation allows. We're looking at a range of creative solutions to address increased demand and are in direct conversations with states and districts about School Day administrations. Throughout, we'll continue to place a special focus on students with fee waivers and those with accommodations.


Students can stay sharp and get personalized practice support online for free with Khan Academy.


If, unfortunately, schools cannot reopen this fall, we're pursuing innovative means to ensure all students can still take the SAT this fall. We'll provide updates about those plans if they become necessary.

Counselors are working especially hard to help students navigate the changing environment, and we're deeply grateful for their commitment to students. To support their work, we're introducing a spring counselor webinar series highlighting updates and resources for the SAT and AP to help counselors navigate and guide students through the college admissions pathway. We'll also help with the increasing need for tools and resources for college affordability.

We're working closely with our members in higher education to minimize the disruption of SAT administration cancellations this spring and to encourage flexibility in the college admissions process whenever possible. We're heartened by those institutions that have already made clear, calming statements that emphasize flexibility in admissions at this time—encouraging students to submit as much information as they can, and reassuring applicants that they will not be disadvantaged should they have to submit Pass/Fail grades for the spring, have incomplete extracurricular profiles, or miss a testing deadline.

Thank you again for all you have done to help your students during this unprecedented time. We look forward to working with you in the months ahead.

Sincerely,

David Coleman

CEO, The College Board

03/26/2020

A few financial aid resources:
The FAFSA form remains open until June 30, 2020. Any student or family who has not yet completed a FAFSA may still do so.
For those who have completed a FAFSA, and whose financial circumstances have changed considerably, we encourage you to reach out to your institution’s financial aid office. Financial aid administrators are afforded a degree of professional judgment under the law for state and federal aid, as well as for institutional aid, and can work with students and families whose incomes have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
For other questions related to the COVID-19 outbreak and federal financial aid, visit https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/coronavirus

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