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October 6th, 2010
01:41 PM ET

MISSION POSSIBLE: I Need a Pencil

We all know college can be expensive and 'totally' out of reach for many families.  Well, getting 'into' college can be expensive too.  Some of these College Board prep courses can cost hundreds, even thousands, of dollars.  That certainly doesn't help close "The Achievement Gap" that exists in this country.

Check out these stats:  Low-income students score an average of 300 points lower on their SAT's than high-income students...with 37% going to college, versus 81% of their high-income peers.

That's something Jason Shah found out about as a teenager, after doing some research.  And that led 'him' to try to level the playing field a little bit, by launching a free, online SAT prep site: INeedAPencil.com.


Filed under: Ali Velshi • Anchors • Mission Possible
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Hector

    I think that this idea is great, however my question is, aren't we just teaching to the test? This is always a major concern with education.

    Also, if these kids do get better grades on the SATs, how well do they do in college once they are in? Also, just because they score higher, does not mean they will be able to afford the college they may be able to get into.

    I think this is a great start, however there still leaves many hurdles for these children.

    October 6, 2010 at 1:47 pm |
  2. Ayesha

    I think this great to minimize students' burden by helping them prepare for SAT ... great idea, great implementation

    October 8, 2010 at 9:08 am |
  3. VadeMecum

    Love the BIG I!!!

    October 12, 2010 at 1:05 pm |
  4. Producer

    Why thank you! We love doing it!

    October 12, 2010 at 1:41 pm |
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