Austin ISD offers free test prep to high school students

Edgenuity’s online courses aim to help prepare students to successfully complete the SAT, ACT and Texas Success Initiative tests. The collaboration is part of AISD’s commitment to support greater academic achievement by ensuring all students have access to the latest in innovative tools and courseware.

“Most of today’s students are digitally savvy and are looking for educational opportunities that are personalized, engaging and rigorous,” Cruz said. “This partnership with Edgenuity will help AISD continue to meet the unique learning needs of all our students, including at-risk and first-generation college students. The online courses will help students prepare for and excel on standardized exams at the state and national level.”

Edgenuity’s on-screen teachers help demystify the SAT, ACT and TSI exams and their content and offer test-taking strategies. Courses include video-based instruction, interactive assignments and frequent assessment opportunities to track progress.

The ACT and SAT courseware focuses on the primary areas of each test, including mathematics, reading, science and English reasoning for the ACT, and mathematics, critical reading and critical writing for the SAT.

TSI preparation is particularly important for students who wish to attend public universities in Texas, which use the test to gauge if students are college-ready in the areas of reading, writing and mathematics.

AISD students continue to earn higher overall scores on the SAT and ACT exams, compared with their counterparts across the state and nation, according to the College Board and ACT Inc.:

• This year, the average overall SAT scores for AISD students was 1507, compared with 1497 nationally and 1432 statewide.
• The average ACT composite score for AISD students in 2014 was 21.9, exceeding the state (20.9) and national (21.0) average composite scores.
• More AISD students participated in the SAT than the ACT exam—2,801 tests compared with 1,499. However, AISD students’ participation in ACT testing continued to increase in 2014 compared with participation in prior years.

“By implementing Edgenuity, AISD can better prepare its students for their college and career,” Sari Factor, CEO of Edgenuity, said. “Our online, research-based curriculum and practice tests personalize the learning experience for each student, diagnosing and targeting areas of opportunity, and prescribing individual study paths that truly meet each student’s learning needs.”

AISD high schools will promote the free online test preparation to students, families and campus communities. For more information, AISD students may schedule an appointment with their campus counselor.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

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