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Rollout of New SAT Delayed by One Year

A newly redesigned SAT that is more closely aligned with the Common Core State Standards will likely debut in the spring of 2016, a year later than the College Board initially predicted.

News of the delay went out Tuesday to College Board members in an email from President David Coleman. In a statement a day later to Education Week, the College Board said that it was in response to feedback from its members that officials decided to adjust the schedule for the release of the revised Prelimary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and the revised SAT.

"This change in the timing of the redesign will serve our members in higher education by providing two years to plan for the redesigned exam and it will allow students to take the revised PSAT/NMSQT before the revised SAT," according to the College Board statement. "Our goal is to deliver an assessment system that is focused, useful, and clear. Member input will continue to be integral to this work and we look forward to sharing additional information regarding the revision of our exams in the spring."

When he took the reins at the College Board last year, Coleman indicated that he wanted to make major changes to the SAT to better align the exam with the new Common Core State Standards. Then in February, news of the redesign was official and feedback was solicited.

The newly revised PSAT/NMSQT will roll out in the fall of 2015, as planned.

This fall, 3.6 million students were expected to take the PSAT/NMSQT in high schools across the country and 1.7 million students took the SAT in the Class of 2013.

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