Expanding the District's college-going culture, Yonkers Public Schools holds its first-ever College Board Testing Day, providing free, in-school SAT (grade 12), PSAT (grades 10 and 11) and ReadiStep (grade 9) exams to high school students on Wednesday, October 17.
"The District advocates throughout the community that our students must have equitable access to college," said Superintendent of Schools Bernard P. Pierorazio. "This in-school testing event provides our high school students with the same chance to take assessments that will enhance their performance when taking their first, or repeat, SAT. Improved SAT performance has been proven to increase post-secondary opportunities."
The District's College Board Testing Day is held in conjunction with the College Board-sponsored SAT School Day program, taking place in limited districts across the country. While the SAT School Day program invites eleventh and twelfth grade students to take the SAT during the school day, Yonkers' College Board Testing Day is unique, expanding outreach to ninth and tenth grade students, as well.
The College Board Testing Day extends the District's ongoing initiatives to make college a reality for students. Summers for Yonkers middle and high school students have been filled with post-secondary experiences. This past summer, partnerships with Ithaca, Manhattan, Mercy and Sarah Lawrence colleges, Pace University, and IBM provided programs that introduced students to campus life while enhancing high school curriculum with advanced lessons highlighting a facet of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) curriculum. College fairs and informational programs also abound at the secondary schools, and the College Is in My Future campaign introduces the District's youngest scholars, its prekindergarten and kindergarten students, to the idea of college.
For its efforts, Yonkers Public Schools has been named to the College Board AP District Honor Roll for increasing access to Advanced Placement® course work while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.
On October 17, District twelfth grade students sit for the SAT, tenth and eleventh grade students take the PSAT and ninth grade students take the ReadiStep. Designed as an integrated assessment system, the three exams are vertically aligned to measure similar skills through common formats and question types in three basic areas: critical reading, writing skills and mathematics.
Wednesday, October 17 is a mandatory school day for high school students. The school day begins at the normally scheduled time, 7:45 a.m. Dismissal for ninth, tenth and eleventh grade students takes place at 11:30 a.m., and District twelfth grade students dismiss after the completion of the SAT exam.