Sunday, March 9, 2014

So let's make the assessment tool worth nothing.....

The College Board is going to overhaul the SAT test (again).  Last time they added an essay portion in an attempt to keep up with ACT.  Point of fact, studies are showing that neither test is really a good indicator, but rank in class, no matter the school, is a better predictor of college success.  But then you couldn't have a billion dollar industry based on test prep preying on high school students, could you??

In any case, their proposed changes will essentially render what was a mildly useful assessment instrument to be totally useless.  They are once again removing the essay portion, they are dumbing down the vocabulary, and there is going to be no penalty for wrong answers.

No wonder over 20 percent of four year colleges (and growing ) are opting out of requiring the SAT as part of their admissions package.

2 comments:

FrankC said...

"No penalty for wrong answers." So the only way to fail is to spell your name wrongly.

Old NFO said...

Heh, agree with Frank... Test taking and actual ABILITY are often two different things...