Beyond A Test

The standardization of everything is absurd, especially when you hear a 40 year old man quote his SAT score as a sign of his intelligence--though not as absurdly entertaining as those who wish to impress you because they went to XYZ University 20 years ago. Perhaps the insanity is taking a detour:

Smith College, a women’s college in Northampton, Mass., and Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., will no longer require prospective students to submit SAT or ACT scores as part of their applications.

At both institutions, the policies will take effect with the class entering in fall 2009.

The number of colleges and universities where such tests are now optional — mostly small liberal-arts colleges — has been growing steadily as more institutions have become concerned about the validity of standardized tests in predicting academic success, and the degree to which test performance correlates with household income, parental education and race.

Now, if elementary school teachers could be allowed to do their job and not teach to a standardized test. Oh, to dream of reason.

posted at 11:31:32 on 05/27/08 by clearpolitics - Category: General - [Permalink]

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