Starting with the 2016 - 2017 school year, the SAT replaced the PARCC and ACT assessments at the high school level. The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) made the decision to change from the ACT to the SAT to ensure all students have equitable access to a no-cost college-entrance exam. ISBE funds the SAT for all 11th grade students. The SAT is a paper/pencil assessment of students' learning in reading, math, and writing/language (including an essay). The SAT provides educators and families with information on students' readiness to be successful in college and their careers. Our schools have designed plans to support our students with preparing for the SAT through Khan Academy, which offers practices tests and allows each student to create a plan of study for success on the SAT.
Starting in the 2017 - 2018 school year, students also began taking the PSAT in the 9th and 10th grades to begin preparing for their success not only on the SAT in their 11th grade year but also for the standards that they need to master to be prepared for college and their career. Students may also use Khan Academy to support PSAT practice.
Please note: Families may decide to participate in additional testing at cost.
The College Board and Khan Academy have partnered to provide students with information about the SAT (including good test-taking strategies), access to practice test questions, and the ability to create a personalized plan of study.
Springfield Public School families are encouraged to contact their child's school for additional information and resources on preparing for the SAT, college, and their child's career. Families are encouraged to talk with their child's school about the personalized plans of study that will be set up for each child in Khan Academy (https://www.khanacademy.org).