In June of 2008, when The College Board went public with their new score reporting policy, the organization offered little information about the plan. In fact, before we wrote our June 23, 2008 post announcing the change to the score reporting policy, we called The College Board’s counselor hotline and were told that the particulars of the new policy were not yet for public consumption. That was in June. Then this past September, at the National Association for College Admission Counseling conference in Seattle, we attended a workshop entitled “Update on Admissions Testing” sponsored by The College Board and ACT, Inc. With an audience of admissions officers, school counselors, and independent college counselors at the workshop, there was a general state of confusion with respect to The College Board’s new policy.
Just recently, however, The College Board has gone public with some of the details of the new policy in a post on its website entitled “New SAT Score-Reporting Policy.” As The College Board states, “The new score-reporting feature will launch in spring 2009, and will be first available to students in the class of 2010 participating in the March 2009 test administration. After implementation, students will have the ability to send scores from tests taken prior to the launch. For example, a student who took a Biology Subject Test and a World History Subject Test as a sophomore in June 2008 — and who then takes the SAT in spring 2009 — can choose whether or not to include the Biology and World History Subject Test scores and/or SAT score on the score report. This new policy will give students the option to choose the SAT scores by sitting (test date) and SAT Subject Test scores by individual test. Score Choice is optional, and if students choose not to use it, all scores will be sent automatically. Students will be instructed to follow the different score-reporting requirements of each college to which they apply. Scores from an entire SAT test will be sent — scores of individual sections from different sittings cannot be selected independently for sending. Students can send any or all scores to a college on a single report.”
So, alas, we’ve got some clarity. It’s about time, College Board! Maybe next time, consider releasing details about your new policies when you announce new policies. Just sayin’.
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