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  • - Hello, welcome to our daily homeroom livestream

  • for those of y'all who are new to this.

  • This is a live stream that

  • we're doing every day as the name implies,

  • to keep us connected and answer questions

  • and figure out ways to support each other during

  • these times of school closures.

  • It's also a forum for you to ask me

  • and our guests questions,

  • and we're gonna have a really interesting guest today.

  • I will remind folks Khan Academy

  • we are not for profit with a mission of providing a free

  • world-class education for anyone anywhere,

  • and we're able to do the work we do

  • because of donations from folks like yourself.

  • So if you're in a position to do so,

  • please think about donating to Khan Academy.

  • I wanna give a special thanks to several corporations

  • that have stepped up in the last few weeks

  • as we see it our Costco hire, do the COVID crisis.

  • We've seen our traffic be almost three acts

  • of what it typically is.

  • A special thanks to bank of America,

  • Google.org, Fastly, Novartis and AT&T.

  • So with that, I wanna get right into the conversation,

  • I have a really great guest today

  • who's going to be able to address a lot of concerns

  • that I think are out there.

  • Lorraine Hastings is the vice president

  • with the College Board.

  • For those of you all who are not familiar

  • with the College Board, the College Board

  • is a not for profit.

  • We are partnered with the College Board.

  • But the College Board also offers the SAT

  • and Lorraine specializes in relations

  • with college counselors, and is an expert on all things

  • that are going on in the SAT right now.

  • I know there's a lot of questions.

  • And so first of all, Lorraine, welcome.

  • Thank you for being here.

  • I hope everything is good with your family

  • and this time of social distancing.

  • Maybe a good place to start is you know,

  • what's the lay of the land for those of us

  • who haven't been fully keeping track of what's going on

  • with the SAT with regards to COVID?

  • - Hi, Sal, thanks again for the invitation to join today.

  • I hope you and your family are well as well

  • as your colleagues.

  • The work you do at Khan Academy could not be more important

  • as it is today,

  • as we all learn to navigate this difficult time.

  • As the College Board responds to the impact of Coronavirus.

  • Our top priorities are the health and safety of students

  • and educators.

  • In face of school closures,

  • we're adapting to give students opportunities

  • to still show their strengths

  • and continue on the path to college.

  • We're working hard to make the SAT available in school

  • and out of school

  • as soon as the public health situation allows.

  • Right now public health officials have made it clear

  • that it is not safe to gather students in one place.

  • Many states have closed school

  • for the rest of the school year,

  • and globally there is widespread school closures

  • across 192 countries.

  • Last week, we announced that we will not be able

  • to administer the SAT as planned on June sixth.

  • If it's safe from a public health standpoint,

  • we will provide weekend SAT administration's every month

  • beginning in August through the end of the calendar year.

  • This includes a new administration in September,

  • and the previously scheduled tests on August 29th,

  • October the third, November the seventh

  • and December the fifth.

  • In the unlikely and I say unlikely event that schools

  • do not reopen this fall,

  • we will provide a digital SAT for home use.

  • We of course would ensure that at home SAT testing

  • is simple, secure, fair

  • and accessible to all and most importantly,

  • valid for use in college admissions.

  • I know that I've shared a few changes,

  • but Sal, even though it seems as if everything is changing,

  • there is one thing that's not changing,

  • and that's the official student practice available

  • for free anytime,

  • through our partnership with you all at Khan Academy.

  • - No, and this is super useful.

  • And so just to make sure that I understand

  • what the College Board's position on this is,

  • is as soon as we're through this stay at home order,

  • y'all are going to essentially offer the SAT

  • on the regular schedule thereafter

  • and offer a few more.

  • Hopefully you can kind of view these as maybe makeup.

  • So it's a monthly time period.

  • And so is your view that this will be sufficient

  • for guidance counselors out there advising

  • students or for students, parents, teachers?

  • How do you think this is gonna

  • affect the admissions process?

  • Do you think this will be students will have

  • an opportunity to get in there

  • and show that they're college ready on the SAT?

  • - Yes, as you mentioned, Sal,

  • you're absolutely correct.

  • Once we get back hopefully to the new normal in August,

  • we're gonna add a new testing date in September

  • which we have not had a September admin before.

  • And by providing monthly testing beginning in August,

  • we are confident that all students who want an opportunity

  • to take an SAT exam will have the opportunity

  • to do so throughout the fall,

  • take it more than once if they so desire.

  • So this once again,

  • as counselors continue to work with students,

  • they will be able to advise them,

  • what's the best administration's

  • they feel students should be able to take.

  • - And I wanna encourage everyone listening.

  • Feel free to put your questions on YouTube

  • and Facebook we have team members who are looking

  • at the questions and we're gonna be able to surface them

  • up for Lorraine or for myself if they're appropriate.

  • So there's a lot of questions and I you know,

  • I definitely wanna underline something you said.

  • You said in the unlikely event that

  • we are still in this crisis in the fall,

  • then y'all are going to try

  • to do a digital version of the SAT

  • similar to what y'all are doing for the AP

  • and in a few weeks.

  • So I wanna underline that's in the unlikely event

  • because we are getting questions around

  • what is that going to look like?

  • How are you going to prevent cheating?

  • Et cetera, et cetera.

  • But that I would guess you're still figuring out

  • if you even have to go there.

  • - Yes, and, you know,

  • a very unlikely event that

  • we have to do an at-home test.

  • Test security is, of course, one of our highest priorities.

  • And we're gonna design a solution that meets

  • our rigorous standards, we will have a comprehensive,

  • strict set of protocols in place to prevent

  • and detect cheating.

  • And of course, we can't share everything

  • we're gonna do because we need to maximize the effectiveness

  • of the things that we will be employing

  • to make sure that the test is secure.

  • - And I have a question from Facebook,

  • Chris Lee asked what about the SAT subject tests?

  • - So we had to cancel the subject tests

  • that were administered that were supposed

  • to be administered in June.

  • Those are some of the foreign language ones.

  • And those will be administered later on in the year

  • and the normal schedule of subject tests

  • in the fall will continue.

  • Those will be options for students and the fall as normal.

  • - And a question from Facebook, Julian Michael says,

  • "Do you foresee a move to digital testing regardless

  • "of when schools open?"

  • And I guess related, you know,

  • in certain standardized tests,

  • not that the College Board offers but you know,

  • I remember when I took the G math,

  • you know, many years ago it was it was digital back then.

  • Is this something that y'all are thinking about generally,

  • or maybe catalyzed by COVID.

  • - So, of course, we're going to once again

  • I want to continue to stress, Sal, what you said earlier,

  • unlikely event, we'll do this.

  • If depending on what happens in the fall,

  • we're aware that some places in the country in the world

  • may open and others may not.

  • So we are trying to prepare to address multiple different

  • scenarios whether it's a blended option,

  • we plan on paper and pencil continuing in the future.

  • The at-home is only in the unlikely

  • event that we are not able to administer paper and pencil.

  • - Yeah, and I'll just triply underline what you said

  • because we're getting a lot of questions.

  • But the questions are a good indicator

  • of how you know what people kind of latch

  • onto they are like digital SAT?

  • The SAT's changing?

  • What you're saying this is in the very, you know,

  • that's a reality where COVID and it looks,

  • you know, hopefully, you know, knock on wood

  • we have we have a handle on it now,

  • or it's at least hopefully peaked.

  • But this is in the unlikely scenario

  • that we're still in this full social distancing scenario,

  • August, September, October,

  • which hopefully is unlikely

  • so people should not index on it too much.

  • - That is correct.

  • We're going to continue to monitor

  • the situation around the Coronavirus

  • and we're going to USE whatever we learn

  • to inform whatever our approach will be in the future.

  • - Yeah, and I had this question from Facebook,

  • Makai Kiefer, and this is a question that I guess

  • is relevant even before this.

  • You hear things about schools being testing optional.

  • Many colleges and universities have stated

  • that they will not require SAT exams for students

  • applying next year.

  • Do you know how they will handle the situation

  • and how students without SAT scores

  • compare to those with scores?

  • And how would you advise students whether to SAT or not,

  • if and when it becomes available?

  • I'd love to your thoughts.

  • And I have some thoughts there too.

  • I'm happy to share.

  • - Sure, so once again,

  • many colleges are making decisions whether

  • or not they're going to be test optional in the fall.

  • Colleges are members of the College Board,

  • and we work with them, encourage them to be flexible

  • and different scenarios different situations.

  • As always, flexibility in the admissions process

  • is very important for students and colleges have committed

  • to take that into account.

  • They are aware of the circumstances

  • and the public health crisis.

  • And they will use that when they're considering test scores,

  • grades, extracurricular activities.

  • They are truly emphasizing flexibility

  • and that's what we keep hearing from them.

  • The best advice for students is always to reach out

  • to the colleges that they're interested in

  • and have a conversation with them.

  • Some colleges may not require the SAT.

  • But we're still encouraging students to take the SAT,

  • if possible, to help show their skills.

  • Because once again,

  • it's a part of many pieces that