The variety of metropolis college students who took SAT exams spiked to a report excessive in 2017 after metropolis Training officers moved to supply the vital school examination without cost in the course of the college day, Chancellor Carmen Farina mentioned Thursday.
An extra 20,997 metropolis juniors took the SAT underneath the brand new insurance policies, with a report 61,800 juniors sitting for the check.
That is up 51% from 40,803 juniors within the 2015-16 college yr. Such positive aspects are uncommon on the planet of the town faculties, the place modifications within the 1.1 million-student system often occur slowly.
General, the variety of college students who took the check — together with seniors — rose from 75,656 within the 2015-16 college yr, to 96,580 college students within the 2016-17 college yr.
Farina mentioned the town’s resolution to supply the SAT without cost in college students’ house faculties was straight chargeable for the rise.
“For too a lot of our households, they did not anticipate to go to school attributable to monetary causes or perhaps as a result of their mother and father did not go,” mentioned Farina. “I used to be a type of youngsters.”
Till 2017 metropolis college students who sought to take the SAT needed to pay a $46 registration price, register on-line and journey to a testing website outdoors of faculty hours.
Farina mentioned these necessities introduced obstacles to many college students that had been eliminated by the town’s new coverage, which value $2.2 million to execute.
Town additionally managed to shrink the SAT participation hole confronted by black and Hispanic college students, with positive aspects within the numbers of these college students outpacing positive aspects by Asian and white college students.
And the town’s 2017 SAT scores additionally improved relative to the remainder of the state, in comparison with 2016. Modifications to the examination in 2017 make a comparability to 2016 scores unattainable.