Cy-Fair ISD ready as revamped SAT goes into effect for spring 2016

The SAT, considered a major metric in gauging the college readiness of high school students, is undergoing some changes leading into the 2015-16 school year. Officials with The College Board, the organization that developed and redesigned the SAT, says it wants to focus on knowledge, skills and understandings rather than narrow, short-term test preparation.


“We really want to make sure that when a student applies and is accepted to a university that they will be successful when they get there,” said Debbie Pennington, senior educational manager for The College Board.


The redesign was meant to address what researchers call a troubling statistic nationwide among students transitioning to college. About 57 percent of SAT takers in 2013 experienced remediation in at least one entry-level course upon entering college that year.


In a national survey, nearly 90 percent of high school teachers said students were leaving high school prepared for college-level mathematics while almost 75 percent of postsecondary instructors said they were not.


Educators at Cy-Fair ISD are targeting the changes in the revamped SAT in their curriculum, said Linda Macias, associate superintendent of curriculum, instruction and accountability.


“We have an SAT prep course and a scholars course where the curriculum is based on preparing students for SAT,” she said. “We are training teachers in that now and introducing the new format and content to the student.”


One of the most noteworthy elements of the change is transparency, Macias said.


“It’s more fair to all students,” she said. “It tests them on content that is more relevant to real life. The math problems focus on more important skills instead of shallow testing of a wider range of skills.”


Macias said the transition to the new SAT should be seamless from the district’s end.


“We are testing more of what our kids are already learning in the classrooms,” she said. “It just lines up more with the curriculum and content that they are already learning. We think the changes are going to be a positive thing for all students.”


District faculty are also encouraging students to take advantage of the preparatory material available on the College Board website. More information on the changes can be found at www.collegeboard.org

By Shawn Arrajj
Shawn Arrajj serves as the editor of the Cy-Fair edition of Community Impact Newspaper where he covers the Cy-Fair and Jersey Village communities. He mainly writes about development, transportation and issues in Harris County.


MOST RECENT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated its masking guidance, recommending all individuals to wear masks indoors in areas where transmission rates of COVID-19 are high. (Courtesy Texas Children's Hospital)
Texas' chief state epidemiologist urges the community to get vaccinated as COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths rise

Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths are on the rise, particularly within unvaccinated populations

Tom Lambert, the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, delivered a presentation at an August North Houston Association meeting about the plan's progress and future  (Courtesy METRO)
Metropolitan Transit Authority outlines light rail funding developments, COVID-19 ridership effect on METRONext

At a North Houston Association transportation committee meeting, METRO President Tom Lambert provided an update about the METRONext Moving Forward plan.

Chicking Out serves a variety of grilled chicken options. (Courtesy Chicking Out)
Chicking Out restaurant coming to The Woodlands; live-fire steakhouse coming to Inner Loop and more Houston-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Greater Houston area, including the opening of a professional wrestling figure collector shop.

A local coffee shop will be celebrating its second anniversary this month. (Courtesy The Cuppo Coffee & Tea)
13 local events to attend this August in Cy-Fair

Several community events are planned in Cy-Fair this month—from camps for students to live music and a market featuring local makers.

Q&A: Greg Smith, executive director of Fast Growth School Coalition

Greg Smith is the former superintendent of Clear Creek ISD and became executive director of Fast Growth School Coalition in December 2020. 

ESD 11 officials said the Ford F-450 Extra Cab vehicles are built with the safety of patients and crew in mind. (Courtesy Harris County Emergency Services District No. 11)
Harris County's ESD 11 Mobile Healthcare receives first of 40 new ambulances

ESD 11 will continue to receive shipments of four to five new ambulances every week until all have been received.

Venterra Realty will be breaking ground on a new apartment complex in Cy-Fair. (Rendering courtesy Venterra Realty)
New apartment complex announced in Cypress

The project will feature an 8,600-square-foot clubhouse, a resort-style pool, an outdoor lounge, a fitness center and a yoga/spin room.

Wrestling Collector Shop is now open in Cy-Fair. (Courtesy Wrestling Collector Shop)
Wrestling Collector Shop now open in Cy-Fair

The wrestling shop sells new and limited-edition WWE action figures.

Menu items at Adriatic Cafe include pasta, pizzas, calzones, seafood and other Italian classics. Adriatic Cafe Italian Grill (Courtesy Adriatic Cafe)
Adriatic Cafe temporarily closes Jersey Village location after fire

The restaurant will be closed until further notice as renovations take place.

In July 2021, Montgomery County recorded 367 cases of COVID-19 in children under 12, the second-most in 2021 and over five times higher than the number in June (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Montgomery County records increase in COVID-19 cases in children under 12

The county saw the second straight week of active cases increasing by over 1,000. COVID-19 hospitalization reached 12.4% of total hospital capacity.

(Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Texas Medical Center coronavirus updates: Testing positivity rate continues to climb, surpassing 11%

Between July 26 and Aug. 1, an average of 11.5% of patients tested positive for COVID-19.

Bastion Martial Arts is set to open in late August. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Bastion Martial Arts coming soon to Cy-Fair

The martial arts academy offers programs for all ages and helps improve flexibility, physical strength, confidence and self-discipline.