Lake Oswego high schools host PSATs in the name of equity
Lakeridge and Lake Oswego high schools briefly welcomed students back to the classroom last week — but not for regular classes.
Both schools hosted the PSATs for juniors and, with safety protocols in place, approximately 100 students at each school were able to take the practice test.
The test, aside from being good practice for the SAT, determines if a student qualifies for the National Merit Scholarship.
Kristen Colyer, assistant principal at Lakeridge High School, said very few schools in Oregon were choosing to host the practice test this year. She said some parents were making plans to take their child out of state to take the test, but traveling for a practice test is not an option for everyone.
"We chose to host it as an equity component," she said.
Colyer said the district wanted to make sure all juniors had access to this important test.
Preparation for hosting the test was minimal because the school was already set up to state guidelines for in-person learning.
Parents were sent a health screener for their student via Google Docs the day before the test.
Colyer said the school had multiple entry points the day of the test, so the main entrance didn't get too crowded. Markers on the floor helped students and staff keep their distance and Colyer said hand sanitizer stations were set up throughout the school. All staff and students were required to wear a mask. No more than 15 people were in each classroom, including the adult test proctor.
It was a glimpse of what school will look like when students return in the fourth quarter.
Colyer said she went to each classroom the day of the event and told the students she was happy to see them back in school, even if it was only for a test. She added she talked to a group of students afterward who said it was great to be back in the building. One student told her that "it was great to see my friends' eyes — to look at my friends in the eyes."
Lake Oswego School District Director of Communications Mary Kay Larson said a parent told her they had never seen their student so excited to take a test.
"It was great to see the kids," Colyer said.
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