High Cost of SAT-Prep Classes Hurt Low Income Students Aiming for College

When high school students take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), their shot at a college career often hangs in the balance.  Recognizing the importance of the standardized exam, many students take private preparatory classes that explain how the SAT differs from exams students are accustomed to taking in class.

To succeed at the SAT, it is essential to understand test-taking strategies that are specific to this test, in addition to the subject area content.  But some students can’t afford the cost of the preparatory classes, and their results often suffer.

Connecticut’s 2011 Teacher of the Year is not happy about that.  Kristen Record, a Physics Teacher at Bunnell High School in Stratford, told an education forum in Hartford recently that her district previously offered all students an SAT-prep course, but dropped it as part of budget reductions.  Record noted that many families in Stratford – as in other Connecticut towns and cities, especially lower-income communities – cannot afford the fees of the private prep classes.

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