Sandy compels postponements to SAT testing\college deadlines

Put down those pencils. You won’t be taking the SAT’s if you live in the area this Saturday. And you have a few more days to apply early to that Ivy league school.

A day after Hurricane Sandy, on a conference call with 160 school superintendents in the state, Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor asked what he could do. Weston Schools Superintendent Colleen Palmer said one issue her students faced was meeting the Nov. 1 early application deadline for top colleges. So Pryor told Gov. Dannel Malloy who put in a call to U.S Sect. of Education Arne Duncan who by the end of Wednesday sent out the following message:


 Today, Education Secretary Arne Duncan encouraged colleges, universities and scholarship programs across the country to consider extending their early November application deadlines to accommodate students who were impacted by Hurricane Sandy and who may be experiencing unexpected hardships.

 Some institutions have already taken steps to adjust their deadlines in light of the storm. Duncan urged those that have not yet extended their application periods to be flexible, to give both students and their college counselors extra time.”

 Several universities have responded. This is on the Yale University website this morning:

“Please note: Due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy in the eastern United States, the Early Action application deadline has been extended to midnight on Monday, November 5 for students affected by the storm. This applies both to your own application as well as to supporting documents sent on your behalf.”

 Brown University was more forgiving, pushing their early application deadline to Nov. 7.

Then Pryor started visiting school districts in Fairfield county on Thursday. He went to Palmer’s Weston, Ridgefield, and finally Fairfield, where half the town is still out of power, including the school system’s central office and Fairfield Ludlowe High School which is being used as an emergency center. The facility is juiced by a generator.

Schools Superintendent David Title told Pryor that in addition to being concerned that the schools won’t be ready to open by Monday, his two high schools were scheduled to take SAT administration on Saturday. Pryor got on the phone and learned the College Board was already responding to other districts in the same situation and has moved the SAT testing date in the area to Nov. 17.

 That not only applies to Fairfield, but Trumbull, Bridgeport, Stratford and other towns still without power.

Linda Lambeck