The Ethics Sage Discusses the SAT Changes
Steven Mintz, better known as the Ethics Sage has some criticism of the changes in the SAT’s. Please read his work and go to his web site and become a follower!
Do Changes to the SAT Better Reflect the Skills Needed in Today’s World? – Ethics Sage
One of my concerns is the common core standards may lead to “teaching to the test” rather than engaging students in a way that challenges their analytical reasoning skills. Also, making the essay optional sends the wrong signal at a time professors like myself and recruiters bemoan the loss of writing skills in today’s college students. Even a simple memo can be a challenge too great for some graduates.
Mintz, S. (2014, March 25). [Web log message]. Retrieved from http://www.ethicssage.com/2014/03/do-changes-t-the-sat-better-reflect-the-skills-needed-in-todays-world.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed: EthicsSage (Ethics Sage)
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From the web site, Gas Station Without Pumps.
Although the College Board says that this overhaul is not prompted by their shrinking market share (ACT now sells more tests than SAT), I’m sure that is the primary driving factor. If the College Board behaved more like a non-profit than like a corporate monopoly (smaller executive salaries, pricing for distributing scores to college that was close to actual costs rather than the price gouging that they currently engage it), I’d be more inclined to believe that this was not just a “market share” phenomenon. Since all the changes make them look more like the ACT, it seems to be entirely profit-driven, not based on a desire to more accurately predict the success of college applicants.
Eliminating the essay should make the SAT much cheaper to grade, but I’ve not heard any announcements about them reducing the price of the exams.
Gas Station Without Pumps. (2014, March 5). Sat is changing in 2016 . Retrieved from http://gasstationwithoutpumps.wordpress.com/2014/03/05/sat-is-changing-in-2016/