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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

December 15, 2013

UConn Courses On Campus for Second Semester

Students interested in taking a course on the UConn campus during the second semester should contact Doug Melody.  Preliminary registration has begun, although formal registration will be completed in mid-January.
 
For those students taking UC MATH 2410 (Differential Equations), be advised that the section available for EOS students is scheduled to take place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30-7:45 PM.

PSAT Results Returned to EOS Students

PSAT results were returned this week for EOS students who completed the test back in October. The test was administered on a school day this year and participation differed as compared to last year, with a substantial increase in the participation rate.  More 11th graders took it this year (254 as compared to 95 last year) while a similar number of 10th graders sat for the test (46 vs. 48 last year).

PSAT is the acronym for Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test. The "P" could also quite easily mean "Practice" because it's what the test essentially serves as for most students who take it. Those who score in the top half of the 99th percentile are named National Merit Semi-Finalists and enter into a scholarship competition ($2500) with other students in this category. Below you will find data on the test results.

Class of 2015

Participants 254
Females        119                    
Males            135                              

Average Critical Reading Score = 51.6  (59% scored 50 or higher)
Average Math Score = 52.6  (56% scored 50 or higher)
Average Writing Score = 49.9 (49% scored 50 or higher)

An SAT equivalent score can be be derived by multiplying each PSAT score by 10. So, 52.9 = 529, etc. The average score for each category on the PSAT is 50 and 500 for the SAT.

Potential College Majors (selected by students - they're asked to choose among option provided)

Health Professions/Sciences...21.8% (Female = 28.3%, Male = 15.5%)

Undecided...15.2% (Female = 14.1%, Male = 16.4%)

Engineering...11.4% (Female = 6.1%, Male = 15.5%)

Business Management...7.1% (Female = 5.1%, Male = 9.1%)

Biological Sciences...5.7% (Female = 6.1%, Male = 5.5%)

Visual & Performing Arts...5.2% (Female = 6.1%, Male = 4.5%)

Security/Protective Services...4.7% (Female = 4.0%, Male = 5.5%)

Computer/Information Science...3.8% (Female = 2.0%, Male = 5.5%)

Education...3.8% (Female = 6.1%, Male =  1.8%)

Physical Sciences...0.9% (Female = 0%, Male = 1.8%)

Theology/Religious Vocation...0.0%

Social Service Professions...0.0%

Students should receive  their individual score reports in the mail this week along with the test booklets they used when taking it. The Guidance Department chooses to mail these scores home rather than distribute them in classes so as to protect the privacy of this information. The test booklets accompany the score reports so that students can use this information when preparing for the SAT.

For more information about the PSAT and interpretation of scores, you will find a link labeled "Understanding Your 2013 PSAT Scores" and another tutorial called "My College Quickstart". Both are listed under Tutorials to the right on this page.  In addition, a link has been added for Parents to gain a better understanding of the 2013 PSAT scores.

MCC Applications Due

Students enrolled in Manchester Community College courses offered at EOS need to COMPLETE the MCC application on line by January 15th if they wish to earn MCC credits in these courses.  For more information, click on this link.

CLEP for College Credits
 
An example of "competency-based" learning is The College Board's College-Level-Examination-Program (CLEP) that offers students the opportunity to earn college credits in a variety of subjects if they reach established benchmarks on subject exams. CLEP is available in 33 subjects, has 1700 test centers, and credits are accepted at 2900 colleges, including several in CT. Students may take the on-line exam after completing a course for which college credit is not available (like it is, for instance, in AP or an ECE course) but an exam is, and they'll get their results immediately upon completion of the test.

Like standardized assessments, CLEP has its many critics as well. For those who support the competency-based concept, they argue that demonstrated performance on a valid and reliable exam (constructed by college professors in their respective subject areas) should be sufficient for proof of mastery. The critics contend that an exam like CLEP couldn't possibly replicate the classroom experience. For more information about CLEP, go to The College Board's CLEP page.
 
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