Beginning in spring 2016, the SAT will replace the Smarter Assessment as the state test for high school juniors throughout the State of Delaware. The change comes at the request of legislators, and as the state continues to look for ways to reduce testing, particularly for 11th graders, who already were taking both exams as part of Delaware’s state-funded School Day SAT program. The state will continue to administer the Smarter Assessment in grades 3 to 8.
The change coincides with the major change made by the College Board, the nonprofit that administers the college entrance exam. In March 2016, the College Board is launching a redesigned SAT which is aligned to the English language arts and mathematics standards that Delaware adopted in 2010. These are the academic expectations of what Delaware students should know and be able to do at the completion of each grade level.
The changes to the SAT also include a move away from obscure “SAT vocabulary words” to the use of relevant vocabulary words in context, an in-depth focus on essential areas of math and the elimination of the guessing penalty.
How Delaware students benefit
Gov. Jack Markell, who launched a statewide assessment inventory process last spring, said, “We believe that the concerns about the testing burden on our juniors are well founded. We also agree that this move is a smart, commonsense way to reduce the testing burden significantly without sacrificing our ability to understand whether we are serving our students well and whether they are making the progress they need to be successful.”
New Castle County Vo-Tech Superintendent Vicki Gehrt, president of the Delaware Chief School Officers Association, said superintendents in the state are in support of substituting the SAT in lieu of the Smarter Assessment as the required assessment for high school students. “This shift both gives teachers more time to provide necessary instruction and eases the load on our high school students with respect to the annual assessments they already must take.”
How should students prepare for the new SAT test?
To get ready for the new SAT, Back to Basics offers 1-on-1 SAT test prep. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors will learn more about content, strategies specific to the test, and timing techniques. They will also have the opportunity to take and review practice tests. Students may take any or all content areas to strengthen their knowledge, reduce anxiety, and build confidence every step of the way. Call 302-594-0754 to learn more or schedule SAT test prep sessions.
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