Starting with the 2014-15 school year, all 7,000+ Northside ISD juniors will have the opportunity to take the college entrance SAT exam, as well as have access to online prep programs – all at no cost to the students and parents.
In a bold move to better prepare students for studies beyond high school, the NISD Board of Trustees approved spending $308,000 to add the SAT college entrance exam to its existing suite of assessments.
The SAT would be administered at no cost to the student during the school day and proctored by NISD teachers. This is a departure from the current practice of taking the test on a Saturday at their own expense and at a testing center that may not have been their home campus. All juniors and their teachers will have access to online preparation materials and a curriculum that blends content and skills and reinforces learning and preparation for the SAT.
“This means that every junior next year will have access to the incredibly strong online prep program early in their third year of high school, and will face the April SAT exam with greater confidence, on a school day, in familiar surroundings,” says Dennis Ann Strong, executive director of Secondary Administration.
“This is not just about students taking another test or about saving them the expense of taking the SAT,” says Superintendent Dr. Brian Woods. “This is 100 percent about signaling to every single student that college is a real option and giving them the opportunity to take a college entrance examination during the school day, with transportation provided and in a familiar environment.”
“It is about giving every student who wants to go to college a fighting chance at a college scholarship and college education,” he adds.