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ERIC Number: ED521461
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 146
Abstractor: ERIC
Common Core State Standards Alignment: ReadiStep[TM], PSAT/NMSQT[R] and SAT[R]. Research Report 2010-5A
Vasavada, Natasha; Carman, Elaine; Hart, Beth; Luisier, Danielle
College Board
The College Board College Readiness Pathway is an assessment system that measures the reading, writing and mathematical knowledge and skills that students need to be on track to graduate high school college-ready. It consists of ReadiStep[TM], administered in grade eight; the PSAT/NMSQT[R], administered in grades 10-11; and the SAT[R], administered in grades 11-12. Together, these programs assess the college readiness of students as they progress from middle school to college entrance. ReadiStep[TM], the PSAT/NMSQT[R] and the SAT[R] measure the reading, writing and mathematics knowledge and skills that students are learning every day in middle and high school classrooms and that are critical for success in college and beyond. Through curriculum surveys and alignment analyses, the College Board regularly studies classroom instructional practices, state standards and district curriculum frameworks, as well as the course content of first-year college courses, to ensure that the assessments measure the content knowledge and cognitive processes students need for college readiness. The assessments in the College Readiness Pathway are rigorously developed to provide the highest quality measurement and feedback. All three assessments measure the same constructs, use similar question formats and have similar score scales, which are linked to provide a vertical articulation of college readiness. ReadiStep[TM] and the PSAT/NMSQT[R] also report projected scores on the next assessment in the sequence leading to the SAT[R] and to college success. The feedback and tools provided by the three assessments help students improve their skills and help schools and districts make curricular changes that improve student learning and reduce the need for remediation in college. Appended are: (1) ReadiStep[TM], PSAT/NMSQT[R] and SAT[R] Skills Insight[TM] Categories and Descriptions; (2) ReadiStep[TM] ELA Side-by-Side Alignment Table; (3) PSAT/NMSQT[R] ELA Side-by-Side Alignment Table; (4) SAT[R] ELA Side-by-Side Alignment Table; (5) ReadiStep[TM] Math Side-by-Side Alignment Table; (6) PSAT/NMSQT[R] Math Side-by-Side Alignment Table; and (7) SAT[R] Math Side-by-Side Alignment Table. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 12; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Grade 9; High Schools; Higher Education; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: College Board
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test; Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test; SAT (College Admission Test)
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A