Congratulations on a successful PSAT™8/9 and PSAT/NMSQT® administration!  Now that you’ve given the assessment, here are some suggestions to plan for score release in December:

  1. Prepare students for free practice on Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy.  Devise a plan for creating and connecting College Board and Khan Academy accounts for all students.  Some principals have arranged for counselors to visit English classes to work through the process with students.  Others are using home rooms or study halls to accomplish the task. Students need help getting started – make a plan that gives them a boost!

Visit for resources to help you get started.

  1. Prepare for Master Scheduling.  PSAT scores provide information to students about Advanced Placement® courses in which they are likely to be successful.  AP Potential™ is a free, Web-based tool that allows schools to generate rosters of students who are likely to score a 3 or higher on a given AP® Exam based on their performance on the PSAT. It’s available for you as you schedule to see which students to encourage to enroll in AP classes, and in which AP classes your students are likely to be successful.  Don’t forget to review your 2019 AP Exam results for information on courses you offer.

Visit AP Potential Demos and Webinars to learn more.

  1. Plan a staff meeting to review results. Whether teachers are working in subject area groups, professional learning communities, or vertical teams, it’s important to analyze the data from the assessments and understand student performance.  Use the K-12 Score Reporting Portal to review the Instructional Planning and Question Analysis reports together or in small groups to identify areas of strength for your students, and areas in which more instructional focus is needed.

Visit K-12 Educators Score Resources for more information and guidance.

  1. Plan a parent meeting to review PSAT scores.  Parents have questions and want information about the assessment and next steps.  Career Finder™ is a career exploration tool that helps students make informed academic and career decisions based on what truly drives them.

  2. Guide students to BigFuture for college planning and Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy for free test preparation.    For 11th graders, share information on the National Merit Scholarship Competitionand College Board Opportunity Scholarships.

Visit Sharing Results for more information and links to resources.

Join RIASP and College Board for Professional Development.  On December 5, 2019, we’re holding a workshop to help you understand and communicate the value of the SAT Suite of Assessments with your stakeholders. Look for more information on the RIASP website and in email communications.


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