SPOTLIGHT on EXCELLENCE December 2015
Leveling the Playing Field for SAT Preparedness, College Readiness and Access for All Students in Hartford: The New SAT and What It Means for our Students
On December 16th at Bulkeley High School, Travelers Foundation , Hartford Public Schools, The College Board, The Greater Hartford Consortium for Higher Education, worked in partnership to host a public forum called “Even The Score: Examining the New SAT, Equity and College Readiness.”
Tara L. Spain, Vice President of Travelers Foundation, who organized the event, states, “Travelers has a strong commitment to the community and to education. We support initiatives that help improve academic and career success for underrepresented youth and that help students prepare for college and careers. We found the changes to the SAT to be encouraging and we wanted to help share these changes with the community.”
Students, families, educators and community partners learned about connecting students to scholarships, college admissions help, and tools for college success. The information session focused around the newly redesigned SAT hoped to help break down barriers to college access and enhance college readiness for all students in Hartford Public Schools.
“Preparing for the SATs can be a daunting task,” said Ms. Spain. “Knowing what to expect and being aware of the resources that are available to help you prepare can go a long way.”
Some changes to the SAT include: an optional essay, including no penalty for guessing, and no obscure vocabulary; four college application fee waivers for students who qualify for SAT Fee Waivers; free practice resources including personalized practice through the Khan Academy® website; and connections to other College Board assessments that expand access to scholarships and Advanced Placement courses.
The event was attended by over 65 parents and students who heard from a panel about the college admissions process and how to prepare for it. Two attendees won Ipads and gift baskets with helpful materials for the college-bound student.
A videotaped conversation about these crucial issues — with participants including Ms. Spain, Martin Estey, Executive Director of the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education, Sonia Dinnall, Executive Director of College and Career Readiness, and two well-spoken Students Senators from the Hartford City-wide Student Senate, Shamar Mahon and T.J. Noel-Sullivan, both students at Classical Magnet School– can be viewed on HPATV.
HPATV Productions is pleased to share the scheduled show times (see below) for "Even the Score: The New SAT and College Readiness" on Channels 5 & 95 (Comcast/Frontier) and streaming via www.HPATV.org!
Friday @ 4:00pm, 7:30pm, 9:30pm
Saturday @ 6:30am, 12:00am, 3:00pm, 11:00pm
Sunday @ 6:30am, 10:00am, 1:00pm, 11:30pm
Monday @ 8:00am, 10:30am, 6:30pm
Tuesday @ 10:00pm
Wednesday @ 9:00am,1:00pm, 7:00pm
Friday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday @ 3:30 pm, 7:30pm, 9:30pm
Saturday, Sunday @ 9:30am, 12:30pm, 3:30pm, 7:30pm