Your PSAT/NMSQT Results Will Be in Soon - Now What?!

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In the majority of schools around the state, some portion of students in 11th grade took the PSAT/NMSQT in October and the results are due in the second week of December. When the results arrive, what is your plan for helping students and parents to understand them, as well as to learn about the next steps for remediation before the SAT in March?

Understanding Student Test Scores - New Toolkit

For your convenience, MASSP has crafted a toolkit of resources to support your work in rolling out the PSAT/NMSQT results with students and parents. When you access our shared Google Drive, you will find a folder of materials called Understanding Student Test Scores. Included in this Google Drive folder are:

  • Directions on how to set-up and host a parent meeting.
  • An editable letter that can be sent to parents inviting them to attend a session on how to better understand their student's test scores.
  • A ready-to-roll PowerPoint (with slide-by-slide speaker's notes) to use at a parent night meeting, where you can explain how to interpret test results.
  • Additional resources that you can use as handouts at your parent night event.

We've also put together a pre-recorded screencast of the parent night PowerPoint that walks parents through the score report. You could choose to share this with parents who missed the meeting, email it to all parents on your listserv, or post it on the school's website if you don't want to have a parent night.

Using Khan Academy - New Toolkit

The PSAT/NMSQT results present a critical remediation opportunity for schools and students. You basically only have three months to work on improving scores before the SAT testing in March. There are three key things to consider with remediation:

  1. Have students linked their College Board accounts to their Khan Academy accounts and are they accessing the free, online, personalized remediation?
  2. Have you provided parents with information about how to monitor their student's progress on Khan Academy?
  3. Has your staff looked at the results and built in time to design and deliver some targeted remediation activities?

The second part of our toolkit includes information and resources about Using Khan Academy. Included in this Google Drive folder are:

  • Directions on how to set-up and host a parent meeting.
  • An editable letter that can be sent to parents inviting them to attend a session on how to encourage their child to utilize Khan Academy.
  • A ready-to-roll PowerPoint (with slide-by-slide speaker's notes) to use at a parent night meeting where you explain how parents and students can access the free remediation through Khan Academy.
  • Additional resources that you can use as handouts at your parent night event.

We've also put together a pre-recorded screencast that explains Khan Academy remediation to parents and how they can set up their own Khan Academy account to monitor their child's progress. You could choose to: share this with parents who missed the meeting, email it to all parents on your listserv, or post it on the school's website if you don't want to have a parent night.

Updated Workshop

MASSP has also created our Data Analysis Protocol Workshop 2.0. Dates and locations for this new workshop will be posted on the MASSP website in the next few weeks. Participants will leave the new and improved workshop with a well-developed game plan for remediation, including having learned more about:

  • Breaking down the score report to find items of strength and weakness
  • Identification of students approaching benchmark
  • Considerations for School Improvement Goals
  • Using Khan Academy teacher tools
  • Using the College Board app
  • Curriculum support resources and materials
  • Student career exploration information and guides

In addition to the MASSP-hosted sessions of this workshop, we can also present directly to your staff. If you're interested in booking this workshop in your building/district/ISD, please contact MASSP's Brad Gray at brad@michiganprincipals.org or 517-327-5315.

Revised Resources Website

Lastly, we've revised the PSAT/SAT Resources section of the MASSP website. Here you will find links and information for administrators, teachers and counselors, including our toolkits mentioned above, recent webinars and other helpful resources. Feel free to share this information with all educators in your building and let us know if there's something missing.