ERIC Number: EJ817750
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct-29
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Maker of SAT Aims New Test at 8th Graders
Cech, Scott J.
Education Week, v28 n10 p1, 11 Oct 2008
Officials at the New York City-based College Board last week rolled out their newest product: ReadiStep. No, it is not a new piece of exercise equipment or a whipped dessert topping--it is a test for 8th graders that some critics are calling a pre-PSAT, referring to the Preliminary SAT assessment taken by 9th and 10th graders and owned by the College Board. The test, which will be given for the first time next fall, to some extent resembles a slightly scaled-down PSAT. It will be given in students' schools, and divided into three 40-minute, multiple-choice sections: critical reading, writing skills, and mathematics. College Board officials said that the test will be paid for by schools at a cost of less than $10 per student, and that scores will be released to school districts, students, and parents within four weeks of its administration. K-12 educators' reactions to the new test were mixed. Anthony Cody, an instructional coach in the 39,000-student Oakland, California, school district, said he did not believe that a multiple-choice test costing less than $10 per student could be a high-quality assessment. Elena Silva, a senior policy analyst at Education Sector, said she does not think anyone wants more tests. However, she added that ReadiStep might well help to alert students earlier that they need to think about taking college-prep courses.
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