I don’t understand this one. A school system in this area (not the one I work for) will now require all 8th and 9th grade students to take the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test). Normally, Juniors choose to take this exam as a warm up for the regular SAT the following year and to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship program. The new superintendent of Prince George’s County schools on the Maryland side of DC, however, says that he wants to use the PSAT as "diagnostic tool" to better prepare students for high school and to raise their SAT scores.

Sounds like a pretty rotten "tool". The PSAT tests skills that a student should have by the end of their Sophomore year of a "standard" high school program which means most of these students are not likely to do well on it. Beyond the fact that there’s no need to pile another standardized test on students already over tested, there must be a better way for Prince George’s to spend $160,000.