Whether to Abolish the SAT

Here is a long, interesting article about the SAT. It is so long because it is a well presented argument, I believe. Thus it is hard for me to give you any sort of summary. I found it convincing, but then again, I find lots of things convincing. Your thoughts? I’ll leave you with an interesting aside paragraph in the article:

The cognitive stratification of American society—for that’s what we’re talking about—was not a problem 100 years ago. Many affluent people were smart in 1907, but there were not enough jobs in which high intellectual ability brought high incomes or status to affect more than a fraction of really smart people, and most of the really smart people were prevented from getting those jobs anyway by economic and social circumstances (consider that in 1907 roughly half the adults with high intelligence were housewives).

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2 Responses to Whether to Abolish the SAT

  1. Nathan says:

    Yeah, I found the article pretty compelling. I do question the use of college freshman year grades as the metric, however. I could imagine that very smart, underprivaleged kids who did not have a good academic background do poorly in their first year of college (as those around them who have basically taken the classes already via AP and better taught classes coast through) and in subsequent years improve quickly. Achievement tests might be better of initial success but not as good at measuring long term success.

    Why would we care about that metric except as a proxy for other, better goals (such as success during college, amount gained from college, success after college)?

  2. I agree about the metric issue. I remember Craig dos Santos commenting on how the class hierarchy changed through the four years of college. People who were at the top due to better preparatory classes losing ground to harder workers or more gifted students.

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