It may never be too early to prepare for the rest of your life. In an effort to aide in early educational development, the College Board recently announced the addition of a new test called ReadiStep which will be available next fall for eighth grade students, in preparation for the challenges of strenuous high school and college level courses. The College Board is a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity.
ReadiStep is a low stakes middle school assessment that helps teachers provide the guidance middle school students need to start preparing for high school and college. Developed by College Board professionals in partnership with middle school teachers and other education experts, ReadiStep provides early feedback on students’ skills. It identifies areas students need to develop as well as students who are ready for more advanced coursework.
ReadiStep is a vital step within College Board’s College Readiness System and helps schools and teachers measure achievement, monitor progress, and gain information that enables informed decisions in the classroom.
It’s important to stress that per a recent news conference College Board Vice President Lee Jones emphasizes, “This is not at all a pre-pre-pre SAT. It’s a diagnostic tool to provide information about students’ strengths and weaknesses.” ReadiStep is intended only for assessment and instructional purposes and has nothing to do with college admissions, College Board officials said. [Read more…]