College Board President to visit H-F on April 8



David Coleman, president and CEO of the College Board, will be visiting with Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School students and teachers on Friday, April 8, 2-3 p.m. in the school's Mall Auditorium. Coleman will be presenting information about theCollege Board, and will answer questions from a panel of students about the SAT, Advanced Placement programs, college success and opportunity. He will also be taking time to speak with the school's teaching staff, including Advanced Placement instructors.

The Illinois State Board of Education recently voted to have high schools, such as Homewood-Flossmoor, administer the SAT to juniors as a college-entrance exam, instead of the ACT, which has been administered in Illinois for the past 15 years. The SAT — a product of the College Board — has been recently redesigned and has been widely used for college admissions on the East and West Coasts.

As part of his brief visit to Chicago, Coleman will also meet with Dr. Von Mansfield, District 233 superintendent, who was recently named the College Board's chair of the committee on membership. A College Board trustee since 2013, Dr. Mansfield has served the organization
in various roles since 2010.

Coleman has been the president and CEO of the College Board since 2012. He has made it a priority of the organization to expand access to college for minority and low-income students who have demonstrated college potential. Previously, he was the cofounder of Student Achievement Partners, a nonprofit organization that assembles educators and researchers to design actions based on evidence to improve student outcomes. A Rhodes Scholar, he holds degrees from Yale University, the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge.

Based in New York City, the College Board is a mission-driven, not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. The membership association is made up of more than 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education.

Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School District 233 is a three-time National Blue Ribbon award-winning school that offers more than 20 Advanced Placement courses. H-F annually administers nearly 1,000 AP exams to its students; last school year, 152 Homewood-Flossmoor students were named AP Scholars. In 2010 and 2011, the school received an exemplary ranking by the College Board for having one of the​ ​best AP Psychology programs in the country. The exemplary ranking was given due to the excellent exam scores of H-F's minority students on the ​end-of-year exam.