New SAT: The essay portion is to become optional
WASHINGTON (AP) — Essay optional. No penalties for wrong answers. The SAT college entrance exam is undergoing sweeping revisions.
Changes in the annual test that millions of students take will also do away with some vocabulary words such as "prevaricator" and "sagacious" in favor of words more commonly used in school and on the job.
College Board officials said Wednesday the update — the first since 2005 — is needed to make the exam better representative of what students study in high school and the skills they need to succeed in college and afterward. The test should offer "worthy challenges, not artificial obstacles," said College Board President David Coleman at an announcement event in Austin, Texas.
Attention SCTA Members:
It's almost time for the annual state meeting in Columbia.
2014 NCTA Conference Call for Papers
Dear NCTA members -
The Call for Proposals is live on the NCTA website!
Submit your proposal at:
If you would like to propose a program for the 2014 NCTA conference, please complete the following information and submit it using the Submit button at the bottom of the form.
Program proposals may be submitted until March 3, 2014.
Prospective presenters will be notified of proposal acceptance by April 4, 2014.
Similar topics or proposals may be combined on panels, if appropriate. You will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your proposal.
There are a variety of presentation options:
You could be a sole presenter or a member of a group.
There are 60 minute or 90 minute formats.
Topic ideas: test security/cheating, accomodated testing, budgets/revenue, test center creation, best practices, or you may have a topic which is seldom
discussed but may be of interest to testing professionals.
The conference is in Denver, Colorado on September 3 - 6, 2014
Hope to see you there!!