Man, is it ever hot here in Philly! And when the weather gets hot, the testing news usually gets cool – there’s rarely a testing-related scandal or uproar when the kids are out of school and away from those dreaded Number 2 pencils. Here’s a roundup of what news there is, though…
Peter Salins of Minding the Campus weighs in on colleges, such as Wake Forest, that have decided to drop the SAT.
. . . during my ten years as Provost of SUNY, I had my institutional research staff repeatedly review the relationship between SAT scores and academic success among our 33 baccalaureate campuses and their 200,000 + students, and found — as all the national research has confirmed — a near perfect correlation.
SAT defectors claim that high school grades predict college success as well as SAT scores.
. . . among their own students — most of whom have graduated from academically superior public or private schools — SATs and high school GPAs are highly correlated. Analysts have pointed out, however, that if high school GPAs were to more generally replace SATs as the primary admissions criterion to get into top colleges, grade inflation would very likely erode the predictive validity of GPAs even at privileged public or private high schools.
When a test is made easier, the examinees normally don’t complain. When firefighters are involved, though, it’s a different story.
And…I think that’s it for this week! If you have any testing news or tips, send ’em to swygert at gmail dot com, or just link to them in the comments section.
And now – off to the pool!