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.
Labels: academic preparation, College Testing