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Presenters Kathleen Eckert – Principal, Hillwood Middle School, Keller ISD Kim Barker – Associate Principal, Northwest High School, Northwest ISD Bobby.

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1 Presenters Kathleen Eckert – Principal, Hillwood Middle School, Keller ISD Kim Barker – Associate Principal, Northwest High School, Northwest ISD Bobby Morris – Associate Principal, Northwest High School, Northwest ISD Amber Ward – Counselor, Northwest High School, Northwest ISD #PSATSW

2 Twitter  Kim Barker  Bobby Morris Join the conversation today on Twitter using #PSATSW

3 Session Description  Every year thousands of students take the PSAT/NMSQT in hopes of becoming a National Merit Scholar and then when scores come out they are looked at and put away in a drawer somewhere on the school campus. At Byron Nelson and Northwest High Schools we have partnered up to utilize our student's PSAT/NMSQT data to increase student achievement and help them become college ready. First we look at the data, and let's face it - we always want to do better. So, we have implemented various programs to help our students increase their PSAT/NMSQT scores. When we get the scores back we guide our students thru My College Quick Start, (for those of you who do not know what this is it is an awesome individualized program that College Board offers each student who takes the PSAT). Come see what we are doing and share your ideas with us.  Potential is universal, opportunity is Not – Wes Moore

4 Objective:  Show how Northwest ISD is utilizing students’ PSAT/NMSQT data to increase student achievement and help them become college and career ready. #PSATSW “It turns out that ‘simple plans’ work best…” – Collins, 2001; Schmoker, 2006

5 PSAT Score Report SOAS My College Quick Start Skills Insight Standards Alignment Step 1- Assess your college readiness skills Step 2- Understand your level of performance on college readiness skills Step 3- Improve your college readiness skills #PSATSW

6 Our First Steps…  October 2011 Administered PSAT to all 10 th & 11 th grade students, and any 9 th grade student that paid for the exam  February 2012 Kay Wilson presented information about the 2011 PSAT results, and the tools and resources available ○ Score Reports, Summary of Answers and Skills (SOAS), My College Quick Start  Spring 2012 Small group of students created Quick Start accounts ○ Completed an assignment based on careers or fields of interest Encouraged juniors to take college admissions exam. #PSATSW

7  Summer 2012 PSAT Preparation courses were offered  July 2012 Some HS administrators met to continue planning how teachers can use SOAS results to guide lessons  August 2012 HS administrators, Advanced Academics Coordinator, Secondary Math Coordinator, & Secondary ELA Coordinator met to plan how and when PSAT and SOAS info would be presented to all high school math and ELA teachers District Day - PSAT questions were part of the high school math and ELA District Day assessment discussion #PSATSW

8  September 2012 (Resources from College Board) After school combined ELA and Math department meetings ○ Teachers took a 10 question PSAT ○ Compared PSAT questions and TEKS ○ Looked at Scope and Sequence to identify where PSAT type questions could be embedded ○ Discusses how to utilized the PSAT Study Guide  October 2012 PSAT administered Student Test Booklets Stored  December 2012 PSAT Score Reports given to students ○ Access Codes College Board PowerPoints  Spring 2013 Science and Social Studies #PSATSW

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12 Score Report #PSATSW

13 Northwest High School QuickStart Initiative  Phase One- conducted with last year’s junior class (March) and this years Juniors (Dec- Jan)  Collaboration between the NHS counseling Department and the English III teachers. #PSATSW

14 Northwest High School QuickStart Initiative  Share the unique code with each student  Facilitate the creation of a QuickStart account- including login suggestions  Assign a multi-faceted summative o (all the elements of a great lesson plan)  Facilitate in the creation of final products #PSATSW

15 Description Use Your NetSchool Login or your facebook, or twitter, etc. The code from your PSAT exam #PSATSW

16 Description Do this one first Do this one second #PSATSW

17 Starting the Assignment  Complete the Personality assessment first. Record the Top 5 career matches. Then complete the College Search element and record the top 3-5 educational matches  After taking the personality assessment, choose the two careers that you are most interested and circle them. Starting looking at college websites for colleges that may suitable for you and/or your career. #PSATSW

18 Part I- Glogster Create a Glogster for two colleges that you may be interested in attending. Remember to think about the careers that you picked from the quick start or career cruising website (some colleges are more suitable for certain careers). #PSATSW

19 Glogster Elements  The Glogster should include:  · Name and Location of College or University  · Symbol or Mascot  · Admissions Requirements & Application Deadline  · High School Graduation Requirements  · Admissions Requirements & Application Deadline  · High School Graduation Requirements  (i.e. what courses will you need for admission into this University?)  · Minimum GPA and SAT/ACT score (if applicable)  · Information on your program of choice:  · What aspects of this program cause it to stand out from other colleges?  · Are there any additional requirements for admittance into this program?  · What scholarships are available for this department? #PSATSW

20 Part II- Essay Complete a college entrance or admissions essay for the college that you have chosen. You will find the admission prompt/requirement from the website of your chosen school.  Visit the following website for help with the admission essay: common-application-essay-mistakes-and- how-avoid-them.html #PSATSW

21 Alternate Essay Assignment o Write an essay in which you tell us about someone who has made an impact on your life and explain how and why this person is important to you. o Choose an issue of importance to you— the issue could be personal, school related, local, political, or international in scope—and write an essay in which you explain the significance of that issue to yourself, your family, your community, or your generation. #PSATSW

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23 Phase II  February 2013 Combined Meeting ○ Evernote Grade Level Plan 8-12 College Ready – Ivy League Ready PSAT Day 2013  Spring 2013  June-July 2013 #PSATSW

24 Our Next Steps…  Spring 2013 Complete Phase I Student Input Teacher Input Combined Meeting  Summer 2013 Phase II Implementation Plan  February 2014 Phase III #PSATSW

25 Contact Us  Kathleen Eckert  Kim Barker  Bobby Morris  Amber Ward #PSATSW


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