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INFORMATIONAL LETTER NO:†† 126
POLICY CODE:†† ICHD
TO:†††††††††††††††† Superintendents, Curriculum Directors, High School Principals, and High School Directors of Guidance
FROM:†††††††††† Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner
SUBJECT:††††† Funding for PSAT/NMSQT for ALL 10th Graders
Through a partnership with the College Board that
provides both educational benefits and a significant price discount to the State,
the Department of Education is making it possible for ALL 10th
The PSAT/NMSQT individual student Score Report Plus
and the programís school-based Summary of Answers and Skills (SOAS) reports
will provide valuable content information that can be used to support academic
planning and advising, guidance, and the targeting of instruction that is aligned
Your school has a significant role in the implementation of this initiative. Dean Collins, Director of Guidance at Madison High School, provided the following comment regarding their experience of providing the PSAT to all 10th graders last year:
After submitting the attached form by June 1, 2004, each publicly supported high school in Maine will order the PSAT for its 10th grade students before June 15 for the PSAT/NMSQT Wednesday October 13, 2004 administration.† The school must:
Register online at www.collegeboard.com/school by
2. Submit SSD (Services for Students with Disabilities) forms by the beginning of September, at the latest, to ensure that students with disabilities who request accommodations have required SSD eligibility codes; if you have questions concerning SSD, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 609-771-7137.
3. Be aware that the PSAT/NMSQT Summary of Answers and Skills report and AP Potential are free to all schools in 2004 and your principal will receive an access code in January/February that will allow your school staff to go online and view these reports.
By early September, 2004, you will receive the Working with the 2004 PSAT/NMSQT.† This publication will guide you through every step of the PSAT/NMSQT administration, as well as provide you with helpful materials to share with students, parents and teachers.† It will also include a new version of ScoreWrite, a complete practice for students in preparation for the SAT essay, plus a valuable professional development experience for staff.† You may use ScoreWrite at any time throughout the year, and most schools will probably use it in the Fall to complement the PSAT/NMSQT administration.
You must return the enclosed form by mail or by FAX to the Department by June 1 so that we can confirm the numbers of 10th graders in each high school, be assured that all orders are submitted on time, and assist you in planning for professional development, AP potential and the many other activities and benefits that will assist you, your school and your students following the October, 2004 PSAT/NMSQT administration to 10th graders.†
Ordering your PSAT/NMSQT tests prior to
Accompanying this communication are the Department of Educationís guidelines for this PSAT administration to 10th graders.† In the meantime, any related questions should be addressed to Wanda Monthey, 624-6831 or email@example.com