Education briefs for Sept. 28, 2013: ACT, SAT exams offered for Craig students in coming months

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Students needing to take the ACT and SAT exams can register online at actstudent.org for the ACT and collegeboard.org for the SAT. Both sites also provide information for those taking the tests, including necessary supplies, documentation and other details.

The designated testing center for Craig is Moffat County High School, but students should consult the sites to determine which testing centers will be available on certain dates.

Both tests are offered multiple times throughout the school and have both regular deadlines and late deadlines, the latter of which involves a fee.

ACT

Test Date — Registration Deadline/Late Registration

Oct. 26 — Sept. 27/Oct. 11

Dec. 14 — Nov. 8/Nov. 22

Feb. 8 — Jan. 10/Jan. 14

April 12 — March 7/March 21

June 14 — May 9/May 23

SAT

Test Date — Registration Deadline/Late Registration by Mail/Late Registration Online

Nov. 2 — Oct. 3/ Oct. 18/Oct. 21

Dec. 7 — Nov. 8/ Nov. 22/Nov. 25

Jan. 25 — Dec. 27/Jan. 10/Jan. 14

March 8 — Feb. 7/Feb. 21/Feb. 24

May 3 — April 4/April 18/April 21

June 7 — May 9/May 23/May 28

— Please note the March 8 SAT does not include subject tests.

Colorado schools host Count Day on Tuesday

Tuesday will be a bad day for your child to miss school.

On Oct. 1, Colorado public schools will be doing a careful count of enrolled pupils. The tabulation from the day is what determines their funding for the school year.

The current system is costing school systems millions in public funding. Other states perform counts throughout the year, or take an average of attendance all year.

According to education advocates, such as Reilly Pharo, vice president of eduction initiatives for the Colorado Children's Campaign, Colorado's system is shortchanging schools and, more importantly, pupils.

“Our schools are trying to do incredible things, but at the same time, money is really important in the conversation,” Pharo said in a press release. “How we allocate the money for the year for each student, really comes off that one day.”

Colorado's Amendment 66, which will appear on the Nov. 5 ballot, will provide for funding for a new pupil counting system, as well as reduced class sizes and better teacher support. Opponents argue that the tax hike — 5 percent for people making up to $75,000 annually — is too tough on small businesses and families at a time when the economy is still recovering.

Dr. Pat Sanchez, the superintendent for the Adams 14 School District, said that on average his district sees at least 150 new pupils enroll every year, after the Oct. 1 count date. That costs the district more than a million dollars in public funding annually.

“What I say is, ‘Welcome home. We're glad you're here. We're going to serve you. We're happy to work with you.' But it does put some stress on the classroom size,” he said. "It does put some stress on teachers.”

Pharo said that changing the pupil count system in Colorado is just one reason voters should vote "yes" on Amendment 66 on Election Day.

“I'm really excited about the legislation because it's all research-based, and it's a lot of these policy changes that research says will drive different outcomes for kids," she said.

Amendment 66 represents the first time the state has rewritten education policy in 20 years. Pharo said that on average, states re-examine policies every 10 years.

College In Colorado presents College Application Month for October

College In Colorado will host College Application Month during the month of October. The goal of College Application Month is to provide every graduating high school senior with the confidence and opportunity to apply to college, through resources available on CollegeInColorado.org.

While the focus of College Application Month is particularly on first-generation students and students who may not otherwise apply to college, participating high schools are encouraged to create a school-wide college-going culture, by including activities for freshmen, sophomores and juniors, and even seniors who have already applied to a college.

“Applying for college can be daunting for any student or parent who is not familiar with the process,” said Dawn Taylor Owens, executive director of College In Colorado. “We have broken down the application process, using the tools and resources available on CollegeInColorado.org, so students can prepare throughout the entire month. Our goal is to ensure that students have the necessary skills and confidence to apply to at least one college by the end of October.”

To help prepare schools for the event, College In Colorado has provided students and educators with a calendar, timeline, checklist and more. As an incentive for students participating in College Application Month, College In Colorado will host a weekly $1,000 scholarship drawing for those who complete the activities each week, as well as one $500 Ikea gift card each week for a student’s future dorm room. Educators are also encouraged to get involved in College Application Month for their own chance to win a $500 Ikea School Improvement Gift Card.

To learn more about College Application Month and for more information about the scholarships and giveaways, go to CollegeInColorado.org and click on the College Application Month logo.

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