Skip to comments.New education plan: Take the “tricky vocabulary” out of the SAT exam (Because English is hard)
Posted on 03/07/2014 6:55:44 AM PST by SeekAndFind
Global observers have been sounding the klaxons for some time now when it comes to the American education system. We’re falling behind all of the smart countries, slowly sinking into a comfortable swamp populated by obese couch potatoes who gaze into their smart phone screens with glazed over eyes. The kids simply aren’t doing well enough on the SATs and the future looks dismal indeed.
But this is ‘MERICA, people! We’re not going to take this lying down! If our kids aren’t doing well enough on the standardized tests, there’s a clear solution. We’ll make the tests easier.
The organization that administers the SAT college entrance exam is adopting some big changes including a new scoring system, an optional essay and getting rid of hard vocabulary.
The College Board, which runs the widely used academic skills test, is changing the scoring system from a 2,400 point max back to the 1,600 points that it once used.
The SAT will continue to test reading, writing and math skills, but the essay portion will be optional. And difficult vocabulary will be replaced with words that students are more likely to use in college or in the workplace.
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Most of these changes simply make no sense. I’m not sure why they’re going back to a 1600 point system – which shouldn’t matter a bit – but then again, I don’t know why we changed it in the first place. But the essay is optional? I assume that’s just to help people score better if they’re … bad at writing? And by all means, let’s get rid of all the “hard words” because, really… who needs a powerful vocabulary in an age when Bazinga is in the Merriam Webster Dictionary?
But all of this might still leave the test a bit too difficult for today’s teens. Got anything else for us?
Another change will include granting students credit for guessing. Currently, points are deducted for incorrect answers.
Ooooookay. I think we can pretty much turn the lights out with that one. I took the SATs back in the 70′s when the maximum score was still 1600. To put it mildly, I was not exactly a rocket scientist. I managed to break 1340 which wasn’t terrible, but my cousin Rick has already scored 1580 the year before, so any chance at wide approbation among the family was pretty much out the window. But the point is that the test was hard. Everyone in school was sweating it out, and the ones who cared at all worked their butts off preparing for it.
Now we’re going to award points for guessing. Welcome to the new America.
My own observation is that handhelds drop IQ by at least 10 points.
Three words sure to be removed - respect, corpsman, Syracuse.
What some people call “under promise and over deliver,” we call “improved performance through lowered expectations.”
So they're gonna use "f*ck" as a substitute?
Back in the old days the SAT score corresponded with intelligence.
May B they should just write the test like they talk.U kno it would B EZ to pass that way. B 4 it was 2 hard.
The hard vocabulary, particularly in the form of analogies, was taken out a couple of decades ago.
The current SAT is a cinch for anyone who thinks logically and speaks English.
Probably, but it will now include words like “racist”, “homophobic”, and “trans-gendered”, too.
Making English easier for the urban youths:
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“Another change will include granting students credit for guessing. Currently, points are deducted for incorrect answers.”
THIS IS THE BIG CHANGE.
On the old exam, if there were 5 possible answers, you got one point for the correct one and a minus 1/4 for a wrong one. Pure guessing would get you a net of zero on average.
More importantly, if you got fooled, and you think you nailed it, you definitely lost 1/4 point.
Bottomline: On the old test, getting fooled was worse than random guessing.
On the new test, getting fooled is not all that bad.
For example, get all 100 question right vs. getting them all wrong. The old system means the losers get beat 100 to minus 25. The new system means the losers get beat 100 to 0.
In fact, they could change the SAT to an all-Ebonics test, and some non-Obama-son, likely an Asian kid, is still going to get the best score.
It's no surprise that selective colleges now require at least half a dozen AP classes with 4 or 5 on the test even to be considered for admission.
How long before AP courses are considered part of "white privilege?" and "equalized?"
Anybody for junking the SATs and using school performance instead?
Hard words? Hard like “sesquipedalianism” or hard like “adamantine?”
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No one seems to be mentioning it here or elsewhere, but the SATs have been dumbed down consistently (once in every 4-5 years) since the mid-60s. Tired of the “dumbed-down” accusation, the test-makers in the early late 80s tried a little PR. The tests weren’t being dumbed-down, but “re-centered.” The re-centering never stopped. And whaddyaknow—Fairfax County finally had two 1600-ers in the same year (think it was ‘93). We were never told how many more 1500+ scores resulted; but overall “achievement” definitely improved. Coincidence, no doubt.
Worse still, tho, is the predictor-of-college-success ruse. I can’t imagine that there’s a soul (ANY soul who seriously wants a degree) in the country who can’t get a degree in something. Of course, there are few takers in the math/engineering/sciences areas—even where scholarships abound. But who needs all that brain-exercise when there are oh-so-many other paths to sheepskin?
Yes, it would be right, in some circumstances, to say that the SATs (even the ACTs) are extraneous and obsolete. But if they’re eliminated, what’s left is the dumbed-down, re-centered, wholly subjective and local classroom grade.
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