Tue, August 22, 2017
Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) is a winner of the 2017 Official SAT Practice All In Challenge, the first-ever award from the College Board, the Council of the Great City Schools, and Khan Academy. The award recognizes Council districts for encouraging and supporting students as they practice for the SAT and college-level courses using the free online SAT practice platform, Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy.
Orange County Public Schools Deputy Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara said, “Our students have accepted the challenge to be college-ready. This partnership with College Board and Khan Academy is a win-win, because students can concentrate on content where they need practice. We all know practice is one of the keys to success.”
Orange County Public Schools is one of only five Council districts to win the inaugural award, receiving the “Student: Proof of Practice” prize for the highest average weekly percentage of students with active Official SAT Practice accounts. Since the challenge began in December 2016, over 15,000 Orange County students each completed at least 20 hours on Official SAT Practice.
“There are many success stories to share about the hard work and incredible growth that our districts and students made through this challenge,” says Council Executive Director Michael Casserly. “We’re proud that Orange County Public Schools stepped up to the challenge and hope others will follow.”
Official SAT Practice features video lessons, thousands of interactive practice questions, nine full-length practice tests, and test-taking tips and strategies. By linking their College Board and Khan Academy accounts, students who've taken the SAT or a PSAT-related assessment in the past can unlock a custom practice plan and determine what areas to focus on.
“The PSAT is now a diagnostic for Khan Academy,” said Khan Academy founder Sal Khan. “If students share their PSAT score, Khan Academy can use that information to pinpoint strengths and weaknesses and provide tailored practice in math, reading and writing.”
There are now more than four million users registered for Official SAT Practice. In May, the College Board announced research that showed that students who prepared for the SAT using Official SAT Practice have seen substantial score gains. Twenty hours of practice is associated with an average 115-point increase from the PSAT/NMSQT to the SAT, nearly double the average gain of students who do not use Official SAT Practice.
“Our partnership with the Council of the Great City Schools and Khan Academy is helping bring these free, highly personalized practice tools to every corner of the country,” said College Board President and CEO David Coleman. “But make no mistake: behind every story of a student practicing on Khan Academy and succeeding on the SAT is a caring adult. We applaud the community of leaders across Orange County Public Schools for their commitment to adopting these tools and propelling their students forward.”
As a part of the award, Orange County Public Schools will receive money to put towards initiatives that advance student success and opportunity, including post-secondary scholarships.