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Dr. Michael W. Kirst

Michael W. Kirst is Professor Emeritus of Education and Business Administration at Stanford University since 1969.
Dr. Kirst received his Ph.D. in political economy and government from Harvard. Before joining the Stanford University faculty, Dr. Kirst held several positions with the federal government, including Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Manpower, Employment and Poverty. He was a former president of the California State Board of Education. His book From High School to College with Andrea Venezia was published by Jossey Bass in 2004.

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My blog discusses the important and complex subjects of college completion, college success, student risk factors (for failing), college readiness, and academic preparation. I will explore the pieces of the college puzzle that heavily influence, if not determine, college success rates.

Radical Overhaul of SAT Recommended

On August 8 in Forbes magazine,the former president of the University of California, Richard Atkinson, recommends that SAT be shortened by reducing the critical reading portion , but keeping the writing and math parts. Atkinson taught statistics and measurement and led the fight to put a writing sample in SAT. He contends that the new SAT is a "dramatic improvement", and has come a long way toward becoming an achievement test. But it is only a promising first draft, and the critical reading section does not add significant value to the predictions of college academic performance. The new test is an hour longer, so cutting part of it makes sense to him.
This is a provactive proposal and worth consideration. I agree with Atkinson we need some external assessment to monitor high school grade inflation.

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