Wake Forest University

March 2013

Rethinking Admissions

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Archive for March, 2013

Essay urges College Board to end – rather than tinker – the SAT

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Earlier this month, we  told you about College Board’s decision to redesign the SAT with the stated goal of focusing it toward “the core knowledge and skills that … are most important to prepare students for the rigors of college.” This announcement marks only the second time in the test’s 87-year existence that a change of any sort were to be made (the other in 2005 when analogies were dropped). Joseph A. Soares, professor of sociology at Wake Forest University, who is also one of the leading voices in the test-optional movement, points to several factors that continue to render the SAT inadequate. After its initial makeover in 2005, the SAT produced even greater disparity between different racial, socioeconomic and gender groups than those previously witnessed. Furthermore, educational policy, including the “common core” standard which has been adopted in 45 states and the District of Columbia, continues to provide better predictive analytics than the SAT/ACT. And let’s not dismiss the role that the test-optional movement has played; nearly a third of the nation’s colleges no longer require the SAT or ACT.

Read more of Joseph Soares’ essay here.

The SAT is Getting a Makeover

Friday, March 1st, 2013

This week, College Board president David Coleman announced that the SAT will undergo a transformation geared at refocusing the test toward the “core set of knowledge and skills” he considers essential for all college-bound high school graduates. In doing so, Coleman hopes to make the SAT a more relevant tool in preparing and evaluating students each step of their educational journey, beginning as early as kindergarten. College Board is expected to release more details about the coming changes to the SAT over the next several weeks.

The Washington Post includes  more details on the transformation here.