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Latest SAT Overhaul Aligns with Common Core

Magazine article District Administration

Latest SAT Overhaul Aligns with Common Core

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Administrators in coming years may feel less stressed about adding SAT prep to students' regular coursework. The newly redesigned SAT, which students will start taking in spring 2016, will be more in line with the Common Core standards being rolled out in schools nationwide. The revised exam will test students on what they're learning from their high school curriculum and measure skills needed for college and career readiness.

"The redesigned SAT will be more focused and useful, more clear and open than ever before," College Board President David Coleman said when announcing the new test in a March speech in Austin, Texas. For example, uncommon SAT vocabulary words like "adumbrate" will be traded for terms students will use in college and beyond, such as "synthesis" and "empirical."

Adumbrate, by the way, means "to sketch out in a vague way."

The updated SAT will be administered both in print and by computer. There will be three sections. On the reading portion, students will see source texts from literature, literary non fiction, science, history and social studies, and be asked "to analyze them the way they would in those classes."

The math section will cover fewer skills in greater depth. Skills will include problem solving, data analysis and algebra--"topics that evidence shows most contribute to student readiness for college and career training," Coleman said in his speech.

The essay section is now optional, and asks students to analyze an argument. …

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