The College Board issued a case study last week offering school systems “Tips for Success from Fresno and Long Beach Unified School Districts” when it comes to helping more students access “free world-class test practice” and personalized study plans.
Long Beach Unified School District 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 school 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.
LBUSD is one of only five school districts to win the inaugural award, receiving the “MVP” prize for the highest overall percentage of students linking their College Board and Khan Academy accounts to receive free, personalized SAT practice. Since the challenge began in December 2016, 93 percent of Long Beach Unified students who took either the SAT or a PSAT-related assessment linked their accounts.
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.
Long Beach’s “MVP” prize was announced in August, while last week’s case study provides greater detail on Long Beach’s reliance on its school leaders, its use of incentives and parent engagement, and its creation of structured opportunities for students to practice. These methods have helped thousands of students complete hundreds of thousands of practice problems. More than 36,000 students and 700 teachers are actively using Khan Academy here.
The Washington, D.C.-based Council of the Great City Schools was founded in 1956 and brings together 69 of the nation’s largest urban public school systems, including Long Beach, in a coalition dedicated to the improvement of education for children in big cities.
LBUSD’s efforts to help more students prepare for the SAT also were recognized this month by The Education Trust-West in a publication called “The Majority Report,” focusing on the educational success of Latino students in California. The report notes Long Beach’s practice of covering the cost of SAT and PSAT exams and offering a free, 38-hour SAT prep course on high school campuses as part of the Long Beach College Promise, the partnership among the district, local colleges and city that aims to give every child the opportunity to go to college.