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INFORMATIONAL LETTER NO:    119 

POLICY CODE:    ICHD

 

TO:                  Superintendents, Curriculum Directors, High School Principals, and High School Directors of Guidance

FROM:            Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner

DATE :            May 1, 2005

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 again making it possible for ALL 10 th graders in Maine to take the PSAT on Wednesday, October 12, 2005.   This is part of a statewide effort to have each student college ready, and it provides an early means of showing each student that college is a possibility.  

The PSAT/NMSQT individual student Score Report Plus and the program’s 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 with the MaineLearning Results earlier in students’ high school careers.   The individual student reports specify the skills that a student needs to work on to meet the standards expected by Maine and by colleges and universities, and the school summaries and related services, such as AP Potential, will provide an enhanced basis for teacher professional development as well as for school and district planning.

Your school has a significant role in the implementation of this initiative.Each publicly supported high school in Maine must order the PSAT for its 10 th grade students by June 15, 2005 for the PSAT/NMSQT Wednesday, October 12, 2005 administration.   The school must:

Register online at www.collegeboard.com/school by June 15, 2005, using the access code provided on your Registration Information Card.   This will ensure that you receive the 2005 PSAT/NMSQT Student Bulletin, PSAT/NMSQT: The Parent Perspective, and the Plan for College student flyer--as early as possible. Students should have the opportunity to take the full-length Practice Test included in the Student Bulletin and parents need adequate time to become familiar with the PSAT/NMSQT.

Please send us the attached form by June 1, 2005 for our INFORMATION ONLY.   You still need to order the PSATs directly from the College Board website.

By early September 2005, you will receive the Working with the 2005 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, 2005 so that we can confirm the numbers of 10 th 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, 2005 PSAT/NMSQT administration to 10 th graders.  

Ordering your PSAT/NMSQT tests by June 15, 2005 insures that your high school will receive the Student Bulletins for your students in August 2005.   Each high school will also order its PSAT tests at the same time for its 11 th graders who will be taking the PSAT/NMSQT.   You will not receive a bill for the 10 th grade tests.

Accompanying this communication are the Department of Education’s guidelines for this PSAT administration to 10 th graders.   In the meantime, any related questions should be addressed to Wanda Monthey, 624-6831 or wanda.monthey@maine.gov

 

Enclosures:

10 th Grade PSAT/NMSQT Maine Initiative

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