Students in Hillsborough Clicking their Way to Better SAT Scores
Hillsborough County Public Schools is encouraging students to visit Khan Academy to prep for their SAT tests. The online resource allows students to take a real, full-length practice test and watch videos showing step-by-step solutions to problems that students missed or found challenging, and get even more practice with unreleased questions from real SATs provided by College Board.
A substantial number of students have already taken advantage of the opportunity to access free, personalized practice in targeted skill areas determined by a student's performance on the PSAT or SAT. More than 27,136 accounts have already been linked in Hillsborough County.
In fact, Hillsborough County Public Schools is ranked tenth among 28 school districts across the nation, for the Official SAT Practice “All In” Challenge Campaign established by the Council of Great City Schools (CGCS).
Teachers across the district have worked hard to provide students with this valuable resource, and it is their important work that has the Hillsborough County Public School District ranked among the nation’s leading school districts in this campaign.
When the “All In” Challenge Campaign comes to a close on June 3, CGCS will recognize achievement and progress for 1st place districts in five different categories, totaling $65,000! Any high school student who has not already completed the linking process still has time to do so, increasing the opportunity for Hillsborough’s success in the “All In” Challenge Campaign.
This practice has helped many of our students reach a concordant score: 1,395 juniors and 389 seniors met their reading graduation benchmark in the 2016-17 school year through their performance on SAT School Day.
A concordant score allows students who do not pass the Florida State Assessment in high school to pass a similar test, several of which are college entrance exams that are approved by the State of Florida, to fulfill the FSA requirement for graduation.
“Students can earn a concordant score or earn their ELA (English, Language Arts) or math score for graduation because the goal is for the student to actually walk for a diploma rather than a certificate of completion,” said Eric Bergholm, the HCPS General Director for Advanced Academic Access.
HCPS’s graduation rate for 2016 was 79.1%, up three percentage points from the prior year with the ambitious goal of 90BY20, or having at least 90 percent of our students graduate by the year 2020.
Khan Academy, created in 2006, is a non-profit educational organization by educator Salman Khan. They deliver curriculum online such as lectures on Youtube and have an assortment of practice exercises for students and lesson tools for educators in English, French, Hindi, Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish and Bangla, an eastern Indo-Aryan language.
To propel this initiative even further, parents are encouraged to motivate their students to continue skill-building through the summer by visiting their school’s webpage or the HCPS webpage, www.sdhc.k12.fl.us, and selecting the “Keeping Cool with Khan Academy” link to access a six-week Summer Plan for personalized practice. What better way to continue learning in the summer months than by consistently practicing to improve targeted skills in reading, writing, and mathematics? As the summer plan explains, students should also share their score improvements @HCPS_All_In for a chance to win back to school prizes.