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December 2016

College Board Announces Changes

On December 1, The College Board announced changes in the process for testing accommodations, making it easier for eligible students to receive the support they need on College Board assessments.

Beginning January 1, 2017, the vast majority of students who are approved for and using testing accommodations at their school through a current Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan will have those same accommodations automatically approved for taking the SAT®, PSATTM10, PSAT/NMSQT®, SAT Subject TestsTM, and AP® Exams. Most private school students with a current, formal school-based plan that meets College Board criteria will also have their current accommodations automatically approved for College Board exams. This streamlined process builds on the College Board's August 2016 expansion of testing accommodations that can be approved directly by schools without the need for additional documentation.


I Am College Bound College Application Week Update

As our 2016 College Application Week initiative wraps up, we are already looking ahead to 2017 when we expect to expand this program to 35 of our state's public high schools. If you would like to discuss joining the program, please email Tori Berube, the “I Am College Bound/I Applied” state coordinator.

DC 2017 Square Poster

Save the date! The 18th annual Destination College Convention for high school juniors and their families will be on Saturday, March 18, 2017. This year's convention will be hosted by Plymouth State University. Parents and students must register to attend this event online at www.destinationcollege.org beginning in mid‑January. Your Destination College posters will be mailed to you in early January. Please be sure to display those in your school counseling offices and around your school to remind students to register early! This year's workshops will feature topics such as paying for college, launching a scholarship search, college admissions panel, information for the student athlete and much more. The day will culminate with a college fair with over 70 colleges and universities from New England and beyond. Encourage your students to register early for this event as space is limited.

School counselors are invited to volunteer at Destination College! If you would like to help attendees check‑in in the morning (handing out nametags, lanyards, and program books), please email Destination College co‑chair Karen Collins by February 1. Volunteers are needed from 7:30 to 9 a.m., and you are welcome to stay for the day's events ‑ you even get a cool t‑shirt!

And… our Destination College Speech Contest for current high school seniors will open in mid‑January. Stay tuned for more details!


Many college campuses across the state will be hosting FAFSA filing days for NH families in January and February. These are group filing sessions, held in campus computer labs with financial aid professionals from across the state. Please encourage your families to register for FAFSA filing closer to home here). As always, if a family prefers an individual FAFSA filing appointment, they may call the Center for College Planning (CCP) at 888.7.GRADUATE, x119 to schedule an appointment in our Concord offices.


TEAS ‑ What Is It?

If you were unable to attend our Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) Training for school counselors this fall? No worries! Here is a brief summary of the valuable information that was shared with us that morning:

  • The TEAS test measures entry level skills and abilities of nursing school applicants or first year nursing school students.
  • The test helps to predict the performance of applicants to nursing programs and provides information about general areas of strength and those that may need development for students accepted into the programs.
  • The test is a computer‑based exam with multiple choice questions in four areas: Math, Science, Reading, English and Language usage.
  • Students must wait at least 30 days before retaking the TEAS test. However, each college has its own rules about reattempting. Colleges have “admissions periods” during which students can reappear to take the test. Some schools will allow students to reappear once during these set admissions periods while others do not allow them to reappear until the next admissions period. After the second attempt, some colleges require students to wait two and a half months before retaking the exam. After the third attempt, students may have to wait for almost two years. Encourage students to contact their schools directly for more information.
  • Not every nursing program uses the TEAS test in the same way. In order to gain entry into some programs, such as Plymouth State University, NHTI and Colby-Sawyer College, students must take the TEAS exam as a requirement of admission. At other schools, such as Keene State College and University of New Hampshire, the TEAS test will be taken by students who are currently enrolled in their nursing programs. Students should check the requirements at each individual school to which they are applying.
  • The TEAS test is often administered at the individual campus to which a student is applying, but this is not always the case. Students should check with each individual school to find out their preferred test site, dates and policies for receiving test scores.
  • TEAS tests are scored individually. Colleges will evaluate a student's scores for each individual section. Each college will have their own minimum scores they will require for admission to their program. Of course, the higher the score, the better the student's chances for admission.
  • For more information regarding the TEAS Test, visit https://www.atitesting.com/Solutions/pre-program/TEAS.aspx.


Study: Most U.S. School Districts Have Low Access to School Counselors

Did you know only 17.8 percent of school districts nationwide meet the American School Counselor Association's recommended student‑to‑school counselor ratio of 250:1 or lower. The median ratio is 411:1. This is just one of the findings in a recent study from The Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire. Another interesting finding is access to school counselors varies considerably across states. Median ratios are over 1000:1 in Arizona and California but under 250:1 in North Carolina, North Dakota, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Montana.

The Carsey School of Public Policy is nationally recognized for its research, policy education, and engagement. The school takes on the pressing issues of the twenty‑first century, striving for innovative, responsive, and equitable solutions.