Some 1,200 juniors from three Compton Unified School District high schools will take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) on Wednesday, March 1. CUSD has decided to host and underwrite the SAT tests for juniors this year, one of the few school districts to do that.
“Student success is a top priority for our school district,” said Satra Zurita, CUSD Board President. “Making sure that our students can take the test in their own schools can help them actually score higher on the exams.”
That theme was underscored by Jorge Torres, Ed.D., LPCC, who is Director College and Counseling Services for the school district.
“Students who take the test in a familiar environment often score better than those who don’t,” he said.
The fee for the exam is $54 which the district will underwrite. Many of the students would be eligible for a fee waiver, but this way students won’t need to be concerned about whether their families qualify or not.
“It’s one less thing the students and the families have to worry about,” added Dr. Torres. “It’s another example of the investment the Compton School District makes in creating an atmosphere where our students can succeed.”
Board President Satra Zurita also commented on the fee waiver. "Paying the student fee sends an important message. It tells our students and their families that the Compton District is serious about helping make certain that our students are prepared to be college and career ready,” she said.
The SAT, along with a student’s grade point average, is an important element that colleges and universities use to gauge whether a student can qualify for admission.
The exam, which lasts four hours, will be conducted simultaneously at Centennial, Dominguez and Compton high schools.
“We are happy to provide this service to our students,” said Darin Brawley, CUSD Superintendent. ” We wish them good luck this weekend.”