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The College Board’s False
Alarm about SAT Scores

National Review, by Jason Richwine

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Posted By:Judy W., 9/27/2013 8:13:17 AM

It’s time again for the yearly ritual: The College Board releases data on recent SAT scores, which show some large percentage of American students are not “college ready.” The alarm is sounded. Much hand-wringing follows. Wash, rinse, repeat. The Atlantic has helped move things along this time with an article entitled “This Year’s SAT Scores Are Out, and They’re Grim.” The article warns, “For the fifth year in a row, fewer than half of SAT-takers received scores that qualified them as ‘college-ready.’” Absent from the article is any discussion of what percentage of students should be college-ready. How can the results be

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He also points out the College Board´s conflict of interest -- their recommendations to make more students "college-ready" involve purchasing a lot of materials from the College Board!

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: flybynight, 9/27/2013 8:31:48 AM     (No. 9539142)

I´m curious. What percentage of students deemed "not college-ready" by the exam-seller, do, in fact, go on to perform acceptably in college? Does the College Board test what it purports to test, or does it test only multiple-choice-test-taking ability, (and, as the article implies, deep pockets for test-prep,) and not capacity for diligent study, listening ability, ability to synthesize information, creative thought, and coherent writing?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: mijcraw, 9/27/2013 8:42:39 AM     (No. 9539156)

How do you take the College Board serious? Is it because they own the SAT process? They create a test that has a built-in trap door called remedial courses, so instead of spending 4 yrs. in college they hook you for 5 yrs....don´t think for one minute they not controlling access to make better college graduate...they do it to drive cost. The question before you is who is at fault for the "gap" in learning from high school graduates and freshman college students? I´ll lay my money on the colleges for making Billions off their remedial process....a system that will test you in, but not test you out...more like monopoly game...pay your money to be able to move-on to the next phase.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 9/27/2013 9:04:59 AM     (No. 9539191)

Way, way back in the last century I aced the SAT, became a member of Mensa and yet found college to be absolutely intolerable because of the dogmatic "Liberalism" woven into every subject. I fled academia and became a plumbing contractor. To this day I harbor the notion that universities exist to weed out the Libertarians and prevent conservatives from gaining positions of power.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: skedaddle, 9/27/2013 9:57:55 AM     (No. 9539303)

Couldn´t part of the problem be that schools encourage kids to take the ACT and SAT multiple times? I know my kids high school encourages them to take it as early as their sophomore year so they can see where their weaknesses are and have time to take classes that will help. None of that changes the fact that way too many students are being let into college woefully unprepared for the work required.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: TLCary, 9/27/2013 10:06:42 AM     (No. 9539317)

No doubt the College Board´s opinions are dubious at best...
But, there is ample data to support their position.
46% of College Freshmen fail to graduate. That percentage grows year after year in spite of colleges relaxing standards.
That argues for an unprepared applicant base, just like the College Board claims.

Only students intending to go to college take the SAT. Of that select population the average scores are dropping. The best, brightest and most determined are the only kids that take it. Wonder what the big picture looks like.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: saryden, 9/27/2013 10:30:47 AM     (No. 9539359)



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Reply 7 - Posted by: saryden, 9/27/2013 10:36:46 AM     (No. 9539369)

While the nation´s attention is on ObamaCare (designed to get rid of the elderly who know history), ObamaCore (bribed in to state governors using "stimulus" $)is designed to indoctrinate the young to "progressivism." The federal standards are not the problem... the textbooks and lessons that are currently being written are!! This program is about the future of the nation... indeed, of the western world.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: RancherJack, 9/27/2013 10:45:03 AM     (No. 9539382)

I is a collage gradiate

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Reply 9 - Posted by: tipover, 9/27/2013 10:51:31 AM     (No. 9539395)

Thumbs up to Nos. 3 & 5.

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