On Friday night, Fabrice Charles is planning to go to bed early so he can get a good night's sleep. He's got a big day on Saturday, when he'll join hundreds of thousands of other students taking the new summer SAT.

"I get stressed really easily," he says, "so I've just got to relax and think back to my exercises."

For the first time since the 1970s, the College Board is offering an August SAT testing date and the rising high school senior in Boston says he's ready.

New SAT To Debut On March 5

Feb 24, 2016
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The SAT is undergoing a big change, with a new version of it debuting in a few weeks.

One of the biggest changes that college-bound students can look forward to is the vocabulary section.

The current test contains words or language that you’re not likely to ever use or hear again. Case in point: “antediluvian” - meaning the period before the biblical flood.

The new one will contain more commonly used words to define.

New Florida Teacher Bonus Program Draws Complaints

Oct 12, 2015
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In Brigette Kinney’s design class at Ada Merritt K-8 center in Miami, one of the key concepts is editing and revising ideas after getting feedback.

Her 8th graders create role-playing games based on books they read. Then they adjust the games  after watching their classmates play.

Kinney hopes Florida lawmakers will be as open to change as her students.

“I feel that legislators are out of touch with what it means to be a good teacher,” she said.

The average Florida graduate isn't ready for college-level work, according to SAT results.