A holistic approach to learning MATH

Math Tutoring



WHEN: starting in spring 2016

FORMAT: print or (in “selected” locations) computer-based

CONTENT: two (mandatory) sections >> “Evidence-Based Reading & Writing” and “Math”; a third section (“Essay”) is optional

SCORING: 400 – 1600 point scale (200-800 for each mandatory section; the score for the Essay will be reported separately)

TIME: approx. 3 h plus 50 min for the optional essay





·          Score >> max 1600 (instead of 2400)

·          Essay >> optional

·          Philosophy/goal – College Board >> aligned more closely with what students study in HS and will confront in college + predict college academic performance more accurately and fairly while resisting short-term coaching (Q: How? A: via questions more grounded in the “real world”)

·          Philosophy/goal – Pragmatic View >> making the SAT look more like the ACT; an effort seems to be made to emphasize analytic/critical thinking skills (Q: How? A: by answering questions that require an ability to interpret data/info, synthesize, look for and use evidence to explain arguments/points of view, taking a multi-step approach to problem solving – all in a context that would better emulate the “real world.”)





·          Evidence-based reading & writing


Ø  Vocabulary >> focus on “relevant” words (eliminating the need to memorize rarely used/“obscure” words)

Ø  Emphasize writing skills and require good command of evidence

Ø  To emphasize the importance of citizenship (in addition to college/career), tests will include excerpts from one of the “Founding Documents” (Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Bill of Rights) or ongoing “Great Global Conversation” (topics such as freedom, human rights/dignity, justice)

Ø  The (optional) essay >> instead of a time-limited writing sample, students will read a passage and have to explain (based on evidence) the author’s point of view/argument(s)

·          Math


Ø  No penalty for wrong answers

Ø  Will include more “multi-step” problems

Ø  Problems will be less abstract and have a more real-life context

Ø  Focus on three areas: problem solving & data analysis (achieving quantitate literacy, i.e., solve “real-life” problems using ratios, percentages, and proportional reasoning), algebra (linear equations and systems), and “advanced” math (solving “more complex” equations).