High school counselors are expected to be the experts for all
matters related to the forever changing ACT, SAT, and PSAT.
Where is this magical expertise in testing, planning, and preparation supposed to come from? Limited time and self-study will not cover
what counselors need to know. Just like your students, you require essential, precise, and timely information from the right teachers…
“What changed for the SAT & ACT this month?”
“When should my diverse caseload of high schoolers be testing?”
“How are college policies regarding the tests changing and when?”
“Which preparation methods and providers make the most sense for our families?”
TestBright was created by counselors and educators to support counselors and educators in their critical roles as the nexus of information about testing, planning, and preparation in their schools. The expert information we share for parents on this site is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of how we help promote your guidance to enable student success and the success of all the other stakeholders in your educational community:
We’ve organized altruistic educators from across the country to sponsor special $500 scholarships for students in different states. What makes this scholarship distinctive? Counselors get to pick who the applicant from each high school is. Check out the Tests and the Rest Counselor Select Scholarship.
TEST OPTIONAL UPDATES
As more schools declare test optional admissions policies for the high school class of 2021 and perhaps beyond, everyone engaged in the admissions process has valid questions about who should and shouldn’t submit test scores. We are maintaining a page with updated links to resources on the Truth About Test Optional.
COMPREHENSIVE COUNSELOR SUPPORT
The most important way TestBright helps school counselors is through professional development sessions targeting essential aspects of the tests, why they matter, and what students and parents need to know about them. Whether live or remote, our training sessions offer the kind of objective, professional development high school counselors always need but can never find. As a bonus, we understand and speak to ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors!
The structure, policies, and impacts of college admissions tests seem to be changing more rapidly than ever. Our Comprehensive Counselor Support isn’t limited to a training session or two. Every month, the TestBright team will provide you a summary of current information and advice you need to steer your students in the right direction. Resources for Parent Nights and In-Class presentations to students will always be updated and available to you
No matter how extensive you find our training, you may encounter questions beyond your expertise. Let TestBright be your hotline for testing answers. Just as you would call tech support when your computer glitches, you can contact us when you need unbiased expert information on tests, planning, and preparation.
One of the most effective yet overlooked ways to improve test scores–and align scores with students’ academic performance–in a school or district is to ensure that front line teachers know enough about the tests to contribute to student success. We offer professional development sessions to identify what high school teachers across a variety of subjects need to know and do in the classroom to align instruction with the specific skills students need on test day.
Many schools and districts that operate their own test prep programs use teachers with limited curriculum and knowledge of what actually works in test preparation. TestBright can provide a proven professional curriculum designed by experts to be deployed in a variety of class configurations to serve any community at any price point. Plus, the TestBright curriculum program comes with teacher training resources and options for ongoing support.
We can also help you manage critical in-house resources like parent seminars, prep libraries, and tutor directories.