Given the proliferation of “test preparation” services, the unfortunate, but ever increasing reliance of standard testing approaches to categorize pre-college children, & all of the academic research pointing out the absurdity of SAT style exams, it’s great to read that, in their admissions decisions, colleges & universities are giving more weight to a student’s academic performance than to their standard test performance.
A major new study finds that college entrance tests matter less than high school grades. Indeed, the rise of the test-tutoring industry has increased the significance of family income as a predictor of scores on the ACT And SAT. Tutors can earn hundreds of dollars PER HOUR to prepare young scions for the tests.
Here is the press release about the study by William Hiss, former head of admissions at Bates College:
National Center for Fair & Open Testing
for further information:
Bob Schaeffer (239) 395-6773 / cell (239) 699-0468
for release Tuesday, February 18, 2014
TEST-OPTIONAL ADMISSIONS ADVOCATES APPLAUD NEW STUDY:
RESEARCH FINDS ELIMINATING ACT/SAT SCORE REQUIREMENTS
PROMOTES EQUITY AND ACADEMIC QUALITY
A major study released today shows that ACT/SAT-optional schools increase campus diversity without harming academic performance. Defining Promise: Optional Standardized Testing Policies in American College and University Admissions analyzed the records of 123,000 students at 33…
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