Created By: College Board
Audience: Students and educators
Focus: Comprehensive higher-education readiness
Big Picture: This is a mammoth web portal for furthering the College Board’s mission of getting students into and graduating from colleges and universities. Students and educators can become site members and have access to online organizational tools, AP and SAT test scheduling and reporting, and much more. Resources are vast, with links to the Board’s various subsidiary programs—including Big Future for interactive college-enrollment planning, and ReadiStep, geared toward giving middle-schoolers skills for success in high school and beyond. Current educational news feeds, rich research tools, and Spanish-language content options round out the site’s potent offerings.
Big Challenge Solved: The College Board has smartly constructed its knowledge base as a handful of dedicated, interlinked websites—making exploration much more user-friendly than many college prep sites which are laid out as an overwhelming list of links.
Must-Use: The Board’s social media page is a very well-organized set of links to Facebook, Twitter, and You Tube—their YouCanGo! channel in particular is impressive, featuring video interviews of students overcoming great obstacles to get into college.
Most Unique Tool: ACCUPLACER provides an assessment of math, reading, and writing skills, as well as interactive tools to improve weaknesses. The tech-savvy service provides a for-purchase web app, plus a free one for the iPhone.
Best Middle-School Student Tool: SpringBoard is a career-readiness portal that targets students in grades 6 and higher—providing them with rigorous math and language arts instruction, assessment tools, and personal accounts of the program’s success.
Best High-School Student Tool: Students considering Advanced Placement classes can use the site’s comprehensive AP tools to educate themselves on what to expect, how to prep for the tests, and what the rewards are.
Protip: Educators should take advantage of the News & Press section, an up-to-date repository of current events and news valuable for counseling sessions and ongoing discussion of student achievement.