The Long Beach Unified School District was announced earlier this month as one of five winning districts in the 2017 Official SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) Practice All In Challenge.

Participating districts volunteered with Khan Academy, an online learning resource for students, to connect students with free and official SAT and PSAT (Practice SAT) practice courses.

College Board, the organization responsible for cultivating SAT standardized exams, also partnered with Khan Academy to create catered study material for students and record the data.

“The PSAT is now a diagnostic for Khan Academy,” Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy, said in a release. “If students share their PSAT score, Khan Academy can use that information to provide tailored practice in math, reading and writing.”

LBUSD had the highest percentage of students linking their College Board and Khan Academy accounts, earning the district the title of challenge MVP as well as $10,000 to put toward college readiness efforts. Linking accounts allowed the programs to better personalize SAT study material for Long Beach students, the release said.

Other winning districts included Fresno, Orange County (Orlando), Chicago and Denver school districts. The districts competed against a total of 28 school districts throughout the country, each volunteering their student data for the study.

According to College Board, out of 250,000 participating students nationwide that used the Khan Academy practice material, 16,000 of those students recorded studying the suggested material an average of 20 hours for the test and saw a 115 point increase compared to students who did not use the suggested material.

 "Students who devote themselves to free, personalized SAT practice on Khan Academy are achieving substantial score gains on the new SAT and claiming their futures," College Board CEO David Coleman said in a release.

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—Stephanie Stutzman

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