Arlington schools plan to expand prep programs for college entrance exams

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Every student in Arlington's high schools will soon have a new avenue for high-quality preparation classes before taking college entrance exams, administrators told the school board Thursday.

The new testing program is aimed at helping students make higher scores on SATs and PSATs, and at increasing the number of Arlington students who qualify for National Merit Scholarships.

"What we're trying to do is build a systemic testing program within the district that will be highly effective and also very cost-effective for our students," said Evan Smith, executive director of secondary instruction.

Summer and fall prep programs will be offered this year on each of the district's high school campuses.

The noncommercial program will be developed by the College Board, and teachers will be trained in time for the first round of entrance exams running from September through January 2014. Those classes will be held after school and on Saturdays.

A teaching team is being assembled in the district and will develop and deliver an independent, low-cost PSAT/SAT course.

In May, the team will begin analyzing data to identify academic areas in need of support and how to increase the number of National Merit Scholars. The team will tabulate the number of students per campus who will be testing, and the number of teachers required for the program.

Accuplacer boot camps with a math and English concentration are also in development.

Shirley Jinkins, 817-390-7657

Twitter: @startelegram

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