NBJH Prepares Students for PSAT 8/9

NBJH Focuses on Preparing Students for PSAT 8/9
Posted on 10/24/2019
College Board

The junior high has implemented several steps this year to help ensure students are ready for the PSAT 8/9 assessment for high school, including:

  • Eighth-grade teachers engaged in learning the content of the PSAT 8/9 with a representative from the College Board.
  • Through consultation with literacy expert Ellin Keene, we are viewing assessments as a genre that students need to understand. English Language Arts and Math teachers will model for students using think-aloud exercises during various content units to help them understand the structure of exam questions.
  • Math teachers have reviewed prerequisite skills with students for the first couple of weeks of the school year. Teachers administered a new “screener” to identify students who required some additional review of those skills. Teachers then worked with Math Instructional Specialist Nikki Penherski to plan small group and individual support for students. Math teachers, along with NBJH Principal Scott Meek and Director of Learning Michelle Jackson, are currently working with these small groups during math class, X-Block time, and tutorial.
  • To help ensure these new methods are working, the math instructional specialist is meeting regularly with Assistant Superintendent Kris Raitzer, Scott Meek, and Michelle Jackson and is working alongside 8th-grade math teachers to discuss and plan for small group and individual support for students.
  • Lastly, a PSAT 8/9 slide show recording was developed by the College Board and made available to parents through the last two NBJH school newsletters. It provides a general overview of the exam. Parents have also received additional information from GBN about PSAT administration.