About 300 Pinellas seventh graders take SAT
Nearly 300 seventh graders in Pinellas County's public schools took the SAT in January, superintendent Mike Grego told the Tampa Bay Times editorial board Monday.
School officials invited the top 10 percent of seventh graders at each middle school to participate in its new Talent Identification Program, or TIP. Students in the program take the college entrance exam during the year and then participate in a college-oriented summer camp. Pinellas students were deemed top-performers based on their FCAT scores.
"It was a tremendous day," Grego said of test day.
Grego said he encouraged parents and students not to take the test results too seriously. He wanted students to have the experience of sitting for a college entrance test and, in turn, to start thinking about what it takes to get into college. But the actual results don't matter right now, he said. The district also won't get the individual test results.
"That's between them and the College Board," he said.
The Pinellas program is modeled after Duke University's well-known Duke Talent Identification Program, or Duke TIP. Students from all over the country participate in Duke's program. Some other top universities, such as Northwestern University, have similar programs.
To participate in Pinellas, students had to pay the $50 test fee. The district subsidized that fee for students on free or reduced price lunch. The non-profit College Board administers the SAT.