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DPS Wins National Award for SAT Practice Challenge

Aug. 3, 2017

Denver One of Five Urban School Districts Honored

Denver – Denver Public Schools (DPS) received national honors in the first-ever Official SAT Practice All In Challenge through a partnership between the Council of the Great City Schools, the College Board and Khan Academy. DPS was awarded the “Time: Proof of Practice” honor with Denver students logging the most minutes on Official SAT Practice per week. As a part of the award, DPS will receive money to put toward college and career initiatives that advance student success and opportunity.

Throughout the challenge, 4,300 ninth- through twelfth-grade DPS students participated in the program, completing over two million SAT practice problems and three million minutes of preparation.

DPS was recognized along with four other school districts – Long Beach, Fresno, Orange County (Orlando) and Chicago. The five districts were among 28 urban school districts that volunteered for the Official SAT Practice All In Challenge, which aims to boost college- and career-readiness in the nation’s largest urban public-school systems.

Ensuring students are college- and career-ready is one of five goals in the Denver Plan 2020. It is estimated that 74% of all Colorado jobs will require education beyond high school in 2020. DPS provides many supports and services for students throughout their path to graduation to ensure all are achieving at their highest levels.

“The SAT practice tool utilizes a variety of techniques to take what students are learning in the classroom and translate that into college-ready skills,” said Kim Poast, executive director of the DPS Office of College and Career Readiness. “It gives our students a sense of what their experience will really be like on test day, with practice sessions performed under simulated time pressure to build their confidence.”

The state of Colorado transitioned to the SAT platform from the ACT during the 2016-17 school year. As a result of the partnership between DPS and the College Board, additional resources are provided for free to all students, specifically to address the equity gap across race, ethnicity and income. The Official SAT Practice course was developed through a collaboration with Khan Academy, an organization comprised of a diverse team of content specialists whose client list includes NASA, MIT, The Museum of Modern Art and other renowned institutions.

All DPS high school students as early as ninth grade have access to the online program. Students and families are encouraged to talk to their school counselors and teachers if they have any questions or need help registering. For more information on college and career readiness initiatives in DPS, visit