Park Independent School District
14705 Woodforest Blvd. w Houston, Texas 77015 w (832) 386-1230
Staci Stanfield w Director of Communications

June 16, 2003



Galena Park ISD partners with The Princeton Review to provide students with SAT test prep tests

........Galena Park Independent School District, the largest school exemplary district in Texas, has signed a three-year contract worth $544,425 with The Princeton Review to help district high school juniors and seniors raise their scores on the PSAT and SAT exams, and learn more about getting into college.

The Princeton Review – a leading provider of test preparation and admissions services – will provide intensive year-long classroom and online test preparation for nearly 600 students at Galena Park, North Shore, and North Shore Senior High Schools beginning this August. Instructors from The Princeton Review will work in the three high schools during each regular school day to teach students strategies for the math and verbal sections of the PSAT and SAT exams. The national average score improvement for students who complete The Princeton Review's SAT course is 140 points. All students at the three high schools will also be provided access to Princeton Review's online college and career guidance system, Education and Career Opportunities System (ECOS). Additionally, The Princeton Review will present parent seminars in English and Spanish.

The Princeton Review will collaborate with Galena Park ISD regarding on-going research and evaluation of the implementation, and will report qualitative and quantitative findings to the district on a yearly basis.

"We are providing this prep review to help students improve their scores on college entrance exams which will help them qualify for scholarships to four year universities. The Princeton Review has a proven track record. This is a positive collaboration that will benefit our students," said Randy Burchfield, executive director of secondary schools, GPISD.

John Katzman, CEO and founder of The Princeton Review, said, "The Princeton Review is very excited to work with a school district that has been recognized by the state of Texas for its academic achievements and innovative educational programs customized for the special needs of its diverse student population."

" This is an incredible opportunity for all high school students in Galena Park ISD, especially those who will be first-generation college-bound and those who come from homes where English is not the primary language," commented Roel Piseno, Director of Educational Partnerships, Southwest Region for The Princeton Review.

Galena Park ISD also plans to offer a similar test prep class for students interested in taking the ACT.