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New education plan: Take the “tricky vocabulary” out of the SAT exam (Because English is hard)
Hotair ^ | 03/07/2014 | Jazz Shaw

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.

Somewhere out there, William F. Buckley is rolling over in his grave. But with that, pull up a chair, pour yourself a strong one, sit back and prepare for another installment in our ongoing series, “Jazz Shaw: My Lawn and You Getting Off of It.

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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: college; education; sat; vocabulary

1 posted on 03/07/2014 6:55:44 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Credentialed to Destroy: How and Why Education Became a Weapon
2 posted on 03/07/2014 6:57:50 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (If Barack Hussein Obama entertains a thought that he does not verbalize, is it still a lie?)
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To: SeekAndFind

My own observation is that handhelds drop IQ by at least 10 points.


3 posted on 03/07/2014 7:07:58 AM PST by Chickensoup (leftist totalitarian fascism is on the move.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Three words sure to be removed - respect, corpsman, Syracuse.


4 posted on 03/07/2014 7:17:20 AM PST by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes EVERYTHING)
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To: SeekAndFind

What some people call “under promise and over deliver,” we call “improved performance through lowered expectations.”


5 posted on 03/07/2014 7:27:59 AM PST by Disambiguator
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To: SeekAndFind
difficult vocabulary will be replaced with words that students are more likely to use in college or in the workplace.

So they're gonna use "f*ck" as a substitute?

6 posted on 03/07/2014 7:30:49 AM PST by NRA1995 (I'd rather be a living "gun culture" member than a dead anti-gun candy-ass.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Back in the old days the SAT score corresponded with intelligence.


7 posted on 03/07/2014 7:45:18 AM PST by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


8 posted on 03/07/2014 7:45:55 AM PST by ClearBlueSky (When anyone says its not about Islam...it's about Islam. That death cult must be eradicated.)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


9 posted on 03/07/2014 8:11:27 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: NRA1995

Probably, but it will now include words like “racist”, “homophobic”, and “trans-gendered”, too.


10 posted on 03/07/2014 8:24:36 AM PST by FamiliarFace
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To: SeekAndFind
"Hard" vocabulary is sometimes necessary to convey complex feelings and ideas. Of course big government wants us to be machines to serve the elite.


11 posted on 03/07/2014 8:37:39 AM PST by varyouga
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To: SeekAndFind

Making English easier for the urban youths:

Toys R us

Urban translate:

We be toys


12 posted on 03/07/2014 8:47:09 AM PST by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: 12th_Monkey

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13 posted on 03/07/2014 8:54:41 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Ha! June Cleaver translate at TheBeaver.com


14 posted on 03/07/2014 9:05:42 AM PST by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: ClearBlueSky
"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."

-----------------------------------------> *snicker* I no.

I agree wid u! Heh...........

15 posted on 03/07/2014 9:07:20 AM PST by hummingbird (Mark Levin and Article 5. Period.)
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To: 12th_Monkey

The Ten Commandments (In Ebonics)

1. I be God. Don’ be dissing me.
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10. Don’ be eyein’ ya homie’s crib, ride, or nothin.


16 posted on 03/07/2014 9:07:33 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

LOL! Love it, passed it along


17 posted on 03/07/2014 9:15:15 AM PST by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: SeekAndFind

“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.


18 posted on 03/07/2014 9:18:08 AM PST by staytrue
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To: SeekAndFind
They will never acheive their true goal of magically hammering away the Bell Curve.

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.

19 posted on 03/07/2014 9:28:11 AM PST by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Grade inflation has already made GPAs meaningless, and now this.

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?"

20 posted on 03/07/2014 9:32:31 AM PST by Trailerpark Badass (There should be a whole lot more going on than throwing bleach, said one woman.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Anybody for junking the SATs and using school performance instead?


21 posted on 03/07/2014 9:34:53 AM PST by golf lover (goingf)
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To: SeekAndFind

Hard words? Hard like “sesquipedalianism” or hard like “adamantine?”


22 posted on 03/07/2014 9:39:25 AM PST by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Sister Mary Katherine is not pleased.


23 posted on 03/07/2014 9:45:17 AM PST by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


24 posted on 03/07/2014 10:22:34 AM PST by Mach9
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To: SeekAndFind

Czarina of linguistics Rachel Jentael has been tapped to re-qrite the new improved SAT vocabulary test. Guaranteed 100% free of cursive.

Nigguh is to Crackuh as Skittle is to Drank


25 posted on 03/07/2014 1:29:03 PM PST by Organic Panic
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