GLEN ROSE - In October, more than four million students took the PSAT and the results are in. The students at Glen Rose High School - and their scores - are among the Nation's and State's elite.
That’s because the 10th and 11th graders at GRHS exceeded the state and national average on their PSAT scores.
According to the College Board reports, GRHS 10th graders posted a mean PSAT score of 957 - compared to 931 for the nation and 893 for the state. The 11th graders' mean of 1,016 bested the 1,008 average for the nation and 951 for the state.
“I’m extremely proud,” said GRHS Principal Tommy Corcoran of the news.
October 2015 PSAT was the first introduction to the release of a newly redesigned SAT test, which is set to debut next month and will impact students in the class of 2017.
The Princeton Review stated that the content on the new SAT test, will be similar to that on the ACT test. The College Board, which administers the test, chose to revamp the test to reflect the skills that students will need in college.
“Standardized tests have become far too disconnected from the work of our high schools," said College Board President and CEO, David Coleman in a 2014 press conference announcing the change. “They're too stressful for students, too filled with mystery and "tricks" to raise scores and aren't necessarily creating more college-ready students.”
Some of the new changes include a 'no penalty' for incorrect answers, fewer multiple choice options, more time for each section, less obscure vocabulary, increased use of graphs and charts, and a revamped essay section - which will no longer be integrated into the writing score and is now completely optional on the new test.
With the new test, students will only have two sections - math and evidence reading and writing - to complete. One of the reasons GRHS students were successful with their test scores is that they have been preparing for these areas well in advance.
Although the students have always traditionally scored high on the math portion of the test, Principal Corcoran said that in the last few years the school has created a stronger emphasis on the reading and writing portion of the exam.
“We have raised expectations and both the students and teachers have stepped up to the plate [to meet them],” Principal Corcoran said.
While the students at GRHS are fully prepared for the PSATS, how many adults would be able to take the test if needed? Over the weekend the Reporter took two “easy” questions from a PSAT and hit the streets of Glen Rose to test a few adults on their knowledge.
The first person to take the two-question test was Kaye Pointer, who was in town for the weekend.
After mulling over question one, Kaye said they all could be good answers and after much consideration chose B as her final answer. She attempted the math question, but after looking it over for some time she smiled and said, “I have never been good at math.”
Her husband, John looked at both the reading question and math question and decided not to answer either one. He joked that the students at GRHS did so well on the PSAT test, “because they have younger minds.”
As a former English teacher, Carolyn from Waco had no problem answering question one. However, when she looked at the math question she handed the test back and said “forget it” while laughing.
Katie Evans, who took the SAT test to get into UT Austin seven years ago, thought she would know the answers to the questions. She failed to answer either one correctly and when she was informed of the miscue, she commented, “I don’t remember the questions being so hard.”