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Sunday, February 28, 2016


Students Report What Adults Don't Know About Them

It's become annual report - this being that each year a segment of students in English classes report (anonymously) what they feel adults don't know about them but wished they did.  And this "report" is shared each year at this time and in this space.

Find out what students shared this year.  Pay close attention - they have much to say, and adults may learn much by listening.  Click here for the complete list.

SAT Opportunity Offered on Wednesday, March 2

As announced previously in a variety of ways, the Connecticut State Board of Education and Governor Dan Malloy are allowing high schools to choose the SAT as an alternative option to the SBAC.  Like many high schools throughout the state, EOSHS has chosen the SAT option as the measure that will be used to assess current 11th graders with regard to college and career readiness.  This assessment opportunity will be offered on Wednesday, March 2nd.

There are reasons to take the SAT even if students are uncertain about their postsecondary plans. Below are just a few:

  • More and more colleges and universities are becoming "test optional" schools, meaning that students applying to these schools are not required to submit SAT (or ACT) scores as a condition for acceptance.  Still, students (and parents/guardians) should know that, in most instances, these same schools will require SAT scores if students wish to secure merit scholarships and/or admission to special programs (i.e., honors programs).
  • Although community colleges are "open admissions schools" - meaning that virtually all students with a high school diploma are admitted - students still need to demonstrate readiness to succeed in college-level courses.  Thus, students are required to complete placement tests (called Accuplacer) and must achieve established benchmark scores in order to enroll in courses that will earn them college credits towards a degree.  Students who do not achieve the aforementioned benchmarks are scheduled into remedial courses.  Successful completion of these courses will then allow these students to enroll in college courses.  Understand this - these remedial courses cost both time and money.  Students can avoid the placement tests by earning a minimum score of 550 on the SAT Math portion and a 450 on the Evidence-Based Reading & Writing segment of the SAT.
  • Several certificate and licensing programs will use SAT scores in lieu of other required assessments for admission.
  • Students may "bank" their scores and use them at a later date when their plans become more crystallized.
There is much debate about the predictive validity of test scores on assessments like the SAT as they relate to success in higher education.  The College Board has made known its research on college and career readiness indicators.  Essentially, earning "average" scores on each subtest (Math and Evidence-Based Reading & Writing) translate into college readiness.  An " average" score is 500, and to earn this score requires students to correctly answer about half of the test questions.

Beyond a combined score of 1000, any discussion about increasingly higher test scores correlated with success in higher education - never mind success in the "real" world - becomes even more complex (and heated).

It makes sense for 11th grade students to take advantage of the opportunity available to them on Wednesday.

For more information about the newly re-designed SAT and what you need to know, click here.

National College Fair Dates

The National College Fair, a program offered by the National Association for College Admissions Counselors, is "on tour" and will be in Hartford on March 30/31, Springfield on April 3/4, and Providence on April 5 .  Several colleges from around the country will be represented at booths.  In addition, workshops will be offered on such topics as the admissions process and financial aid.  For more information, click here.

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Registration for AP Exams Begins on Monday, March 7

Students interested in taking AP exams must register for them in the Guidance Office.  Registration begins on Monday, March 7th and concludes on Friday, March 25th. Scheduled during the first two weeks of May, these three-hour exams are offered in a variety of subject areas.  The registration fee is $20 (cash or checks made payable to EO Smith) per exam, with the balance of $72 paid (total cost for each exam is $92) on the day of each exam.  For more information go to AP Central.

Center for Creative Youth Summer Program

  The Center for Creative Youth (CCY), a program of the Capitol Region Education Council, will hold its 38th annual summer residency in 2016.  CCY offers talented high school students four weeks of intensive study at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT.  Classes meet daily in nine art disciplines.  

CCY enrolls approximately 150 young artists from CT, across the U.S., and outside the country.  It will begin on June 27 and conclude on July 22.  The application deadline is March 1.  For more information, call or 860.757.6391 or visit the CCY website.

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