Tuesday, February 23, 2016

OSPI Graduation News

From the Graduation Alternative Application for Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction:

Dear District Assessment Coordinators, Principals and Councilors,

If you have not already heard, College Board is administering a new SAT format beginning March 2016.  With this new format comes an option to participate in an essay that was previously part of the SAT Writing segment. Students who anticipate using SAT scores to meet the ELA assessment graduation requirement via the graduation alternatives must participate in the essay – SAT with essay is the version OSPI has determined most consistent with the state’s ELA assessment.

OSPI is currently reviewing methods to identify cut-scores for the new SAT format, but without actual student performance data determining appropriate cut-scores is impossible. As soon as feasible, OSPI will communicate the cut-scores for the new SAT.

For students who participated in the SAT prior to March 2016, OSPI will continue to accept those scores & score reports towards meeting the assessment graduation requirement.

Please feel free to reach out if you have any additional questions.
Thank you,

The Graduation Alternatives Team

Also on graduation, info from SPS:

College Bound Scholarship Conference Event for Middle and High School Students and Families

Seattle Public Schools would like to invite College Bound Scholarship middle school and high school students and their families to attend the College Bound Scholarship Conference and the Early College Awareness for Middle School Students on the University of Washington campus on March 5, 2016.

The College Bound Scholarship is an early commitment for state financial aid. Students must sign up in middle school and meet the income requirements to become a College Bound Scholar. Read more about College Bound Scholarship on their website.

Saturday, March 5, 2016
University of Washington, Mary Gates Hall
Registration and light snacks at 8:30 a.m.
Workshops from 9 a.m. until 11:50 a.m.
Workshops for Students and Parents
  • What’s Next: After the FAFSA Support for Seniors
  • Paying for College for Parents
  • Personal Statements and Applying to College
  • Career Pathways
  • What Classes Should I Take Now to Prepare for College?
  • Navigating High School
  • College Options Overview (Community College, Trades, 4 year Public and Private Schools)
  • Scholarships 101
Youth services and college fair

Learn how to access your scholarship

Special appearance from Seahawks Receiver Doug BaldwinSeahawks Wide Receiver, Doug Baldwin, Stanford ’11 will talk about his experience before, during, and after college.

School bus service is available from the following schools: Chief Sealth, Franklin, Nathan Hale high schools; and Aki, Denny, Mercer, and Washington middle schools. In order to ride the school bus to this event, school bus permission slips must be completed by parents or guardians, and turned into your school before Thursday, March 3. Please see the school office or counseling office for more information.

The UW campus is served by buses 71, 72 and 73. Plan your trip with King County Metro Transit website.

Parking is available in the Padelford lot on the UW campus. See the attached flyer for more information and directions.

Please contact Krista Rillo for more information or to request special accommodations. Call 206-252-0075 or email klrillo@seattleschools.org.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Watch very closely, WA will be adopting more and more SAT tests to comply w/ Common Core test mandates. SAT tests for our little ones are being developed and adopted. ACT already in this game. Lots and lots of money to be made!

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