High School Juniors Take SAT During the School Day
On April 10, 2018 all high schools in the Sacramento City Unified School District administered the SAT exam to juniors during the school day at no cost to students. Sac City Unified joins more than 30 other districts in California that will be providing the exam during the school day at no cost to families.
SAT School Day participation has grown significantly in California and nationally in recent years, just as there is a growing consensus among researchers that offering the SAT at no cost during the school day propels more students into college. New independent research from Michigan, conducted by Joshua Hyman, suggests students who take college entrance exams in states that administer them during the school day see higher college attendance rates—and low-income students benefit the most. This echoes findings from the College Board—its 2015 study found four-year college-going rates among students in Maine increased significantly when the SAT was offered statewide.
Students who take the SAT or the SAT Subject Tests with a fee waiver will be able to send their official score reports to as many institutions as they want—for free. Previously, students eligible for an SAT Fee Waiver could send up to four score reports for free, in addition to the four free score sends they receive with registration—for eight total. This applies to all income-eligible students who take the SAT, whether they take it during a weekend national administration or through a School Day administration.
The district was happy to begin a practice of providing the SAT during the school day to juniors at all of our high schools so that they can be on track to graduate with the greatest number of postsecondary choices from the widest array of options.