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The war on standards — dumbing down the SAT
Powerline ^ | March 9, 2014 | Paul Mirengoff

Posted on 03/09/2014 6:08:40 PM PDT by prairiebreeze

The College Board is once again altering the SAT. According to the Washington Post, the SAT’s writers appear to be doing two things: changing what they test and making the test easier.

To me, it sounds as if the SAT will be made easier largely by changing what it tests. For example, the Post says that students will no longer be expected to know “difficult, lesser-used vocabulary words” and “advanced mathematical concepts will disappear from the exam” (my understanding is that truly advanced mathematical concepts do not appear on the current exam).

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No one who has been paying attention can doubt the main purpose behind the overhauling of the SAT. Members of certain minority groups perform far worse than average on the exam. This fact doesn’t prevent most colleges from admitting pre-determined levels of minority students under their race-based preferential admissions systems. But the outcomes under these preferential systems (e.g., vast disparities between the average scores of admitted black and white students), unless concealed, subject the systems to much criticism

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KEYWORDS: college; dumb; lowerstandard; sat
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1 posted on 03/09/2014 6:08:40 PM PDT by prairiebreeze
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To: prairiebreeze

What is the big deal? All this means is that the universities will adjust their admission standards for the new scores.


2 posted on 03/09/2014 6:09:41 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: prairiebreeze
It's this chart that caused them to do this. They plan on saying in a couple of years "See! See! Common Core is working!" because the SAT scores went up, but they are going to go up 20% because of the way they changed the scoring alone.


3 posted on 03/09/2014 6:15:12 PM PDT 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: prairiebreeze

‘advanced mathematical concepts’ being trig.

I was doing calculus in my junior year (11th grade)... and they’re going to dumb it down more?!

this is how you guarantee Americans don’t get those high paying tech jobs...


4 posted on 03/09/2014 6:15:32 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
Just think, it can soon be your dentist or the guy who designs the safety feature of the plane you get on, who got into school because of not needing to know difficult, lesser-used vocabulary words” and “advanced mathematical concepts (that) will disappear from the exam".
5 posted on 03/09/2014 6:15:55 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (Don't be afraid to see what you see. -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: prairiebreeze

This reminds me of when Herbert Hoover was elected king. That was in 1885. He didn’t want people to be educated, so he made television sets illegal. He seized 110% of all the televisions, so he got most of ‘em. But then Jimmy Carter seized power and the good old type of education we have today was restored to the USSA.


6 posted on 03/09/2014 6:16:29 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: prairiebreeze
For example, the Post says that students will no longer be expected to know “difficult, lesser-used vocabulary words”

I got "aviatrix" wrong on the GRE, on the basis of "too obvious". Seems like a regular word to me now ... don't know why I never learned it before my senior year of college.

But you won't catch me campaigning to eliminate "aviatrix" from the GRE!

7 posted on 03/09/2014 6:16:56 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Did they do this for the benefit of a particular group?


8 posted on 03/09/2014 6:21:13 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: prairiebreeze

I thought they already dumbed it down a couple of times of the last 30 years.


9 posted on 03/09/2014 6:21:27 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: prairiebreeze

Idiotocracy, the first movie that was a comedy and now a documentary.

Sorry to the freeper that said that first but it is so true.


10 posted on 03/09/2014 6:22:22 PM PDT by hadaclueonce (Because Brawndo's got electrolytes. Because Ethanol has Big Corn Lobby)
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To: prairiebreeze

“No one who has been paying attention can doubt the main purpose behind the overhauling of the SAT. Members of certain minority groups perform far worse than average on the exam. This fact doesn’t prevent most colleges from admitting pre-determined levels of minority students under their race-based preferential admissions systems. But the outcomes under these preferential systems (e.g., vast disparities between the average scores of admitted black and white students), unless concealed, subject the systems to much criticism”


11 posted on 03/09/2014 6:22:28 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: prairiebreeze
Speak of the devil ... The NYT is right on the case. Note date:

Note also the "bottom line". That tells all.

12 posted on 03/09/2014 6:26:23 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: hadaclueonce

“I like money...”

Just FYI, Idiocracy.


13 posted on 03/09/2014 6:28:06 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Well, if the group eligible for acceptance is larger but is defined by lesser standards, then the schools could use a quota system based on, say race, to select students for admission.


14 posted on 03/09/2014 6:34:42 PM PDT by pfflier
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To: EEGator

Ok, I spelled it wrong.

In third grade I got credit for a good idea.


15 posted on 03/09/2014 6:35:28 PM PDT by hadaclueonce (Because Brawndo's got electrolytes. Because Ethanol has Big Corn Lobby)
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To: hadaclueonce

I thought you just forgot the name. Kudos on the idea.


16 posted on 03/09/2014 6:37:56 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: sten
‘advanced mathematical concepts’ being trig.

I've mentioned this before, in slightly different terms, but my Math SAT would have one question:

What's the sine of 45 degrees, exactly ?

Since it's only one question, it's not multiple choice :-)

17 posted on 03/09/2014 6:38:22 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: prairiebreeze
One way or another, engineering equal outcomes.
18 posted on 03/09/2014 6:41:37 PM PDT by Nepeta
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To: prairiebreeze
Members of certain minority groups perform far worse than average on the exam.

This is reminiscent of Griggs v. Duke Power. That Supreme Court case, in which a black man did what members of his race usually do, i.e., after failing miserably in a job situation, he ran to the courts for redress...and he got it. That set the stage for what we're now experiencing. You see, businesses, told that they could not administer IQ or other ability tests, went to the college degree as a proxy, hence, the explosion in everyone and his brother going to college.

19 posted on 03/09/2014 6:44:57 PM PDT by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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To: OldPossum

And NO one really getting a meaningful education either....


20 posted on 03/09/2014 6:52:23 PM PDT by Rca2000
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To: OldPossum

And also taking MEANINGLESS “women’s studies” courses or other sociopolitical shit—that does NOT help in the real world !!


21 posted on 03/09/2014 6:53:49 PM PDT by Rca2000
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To: Blood of Tyrants
It is being adjusted to accommodate Commie Core outcomes. Commie Core, where students are basically just sitting in groups reading a few pages and then answering questions about what they read, is the "new" teaching technique. The teacher just stands off to the side for most of the period. She does not explain stuff, point stuff out, show stuff, etc. Just hands out the handouts. This parody of education, designed to produce worker bees for Microsoft (Bill Gates is a major contributor to the program and a major proponent of it, surprise!) and other mega-companies, does not prepare kids for the SAT as it exists today. So, mega-pressure on the company producing the SAT to conform it to Commie Core outcomes. No mysteries here.

DUMB-da-DUMB-DUMB!

22 posted on 03/09/2014 6:55:35 PM PDT by EinNYC
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To: hadaclueonce
Ok, I spelled it wrong.

I'm gonna call you on this. You didn't spell it wrong, you remembered it wrong. "IdioTOcracy" is not a misspelling of "Idiocracy," it's a different word. I mean, it could have been "Idiotocracy," but it wasn't.

23 posted on 03/09/2014 6:58:31 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: dr_lew

But I do know how to spell RESPECT.

I did better than the Brown Clown.


24 posted on 03/09/2014 7:03:21 PM PDT by hadaclueonce (Because Brawndo's got electrolytes. Because Ethanol has Big Corn Lobby)
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To: Nepeta

I think that’s most likely true.


25 posted on 03/09/2014 7:04:24 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (Don't be afraid to see what you see. -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: dr_lew

“But you won’t catch me campaigning to eliminate “aviatrix” from the GRE!”

I’ve always wondered why it’s Senator Boxer, not Senatrix Boxer.


26 posted on 03/09/2014 7:05:47 PM PDT by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: OldPossum

Hmmm....bump!


27 posted on 03/09/2014 7:06:05 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (Don't be afraid to see what you see. -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: prairiebreeze

“Difficult” words capture subtleties that simpler words don’t.


28 posted on 03/09/2014 7:15:48 PM PDT by sunrise_sunset
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To: prairiebreeze

American schools chase after mediocrity.

And this has been happening for many years, starting soon after the Department of Education came into existence.

The data is clear - check it!!


29 posted on 03/09/2014 7:20:38 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Rca2000

Re your post 20, I think there’s a lot of truth in that, based upon what I hear about many students using those loans to essentially “hang out” for four years, avoiding the real world.


30 posted on 03/09/2014 7:34:09 PM PDT by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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To: prairiebreeze

They have dumb down the students, so that’s why they have to lower the standards. They keep it up nobody will have a “passing” sat score. That’s their goal, but this will mask it. (I used to think this was conspiracy theory...but we are actually living it. BS covered with a thin candy coating.)


31 posted on 03/09/2014 7:35:29 PM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag ("There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide." - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: hadaclueonce

This is an exhibition, not a contest.

There’s a reason for everything, and it’s obvious to me why The One slipped up here. It’s because of the song, which was the basis of his statement, after all. In the recitation of the spelling, the “E” can get lost in the “R” to “S” transition, so that it’s easy to elide it, very much as the “a” in Neil Armstrong’s “for a man”.


32 posted on 03/09/2014 7:35:48 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: prairiebreeze
The announcement on Tuesday was made by College Board President David Coleman, who before taking the post in 2012, played a key role in designing Common Core.

from another article.
33 posted on 03/09/2014 7:39:16 PM PDT by stylin19a (Obama ----> Fredo smart)
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To: OldPossum

I read the biography of Peter the Great by Massie, and I was quite struck by the story of Peter’s son, who had neither the aptitude nor the inclination to succeed his father, and was as gay as an Easter bonnet to boot.

His father the Tsar formally gave him a year ( I think ) to shape up and get Tsar-like, but he took this as a 1 year reprieve and went on a gay romp across Europe. Of course, he paid the price in the end.


34 posted on 03/09/2014 7:43:54 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: prairiebreeze
No word is more "difficult" than any other once you learn what it means. As for use, Some words are "lesser used" because we have dummies for English teachers who don't know those words themselves, don't use them in class, and don't expect their students to learn them.
35 posted on 03/09/2014 7:57:08 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Blood of Tyrants
From a practical standpoint the big deal is, grade inflation masks and obscures differences that the test was designed to measure in the first place. A test that yields all A's is useless as a test. An SAT that gives everyone a hundred point boost, and with a ceiling, has reduced utility. The curve develops a severe skew.
36 posted on 03/09/2014 8:01:56 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: prairiebreeze
But the outcomes under these preferential systems (e.g., vast disparities between the average scores of admitted black and white students), unless concealed, subject the systems to much criticism..

Treating the illusion isn't treating the problem... don't they know that?

37 posted on 03/09/2014 8:01:57 PM PDT by GOPJ (“Don't be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams" - Ralph Waldo Emerson)
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To: ilovesarah2012
Did they do this for the benefit of a particular group?

Blacks and Hispanics do poorly on the SAT, therefore it is racist.

38 posted on 03/09/2014 8:23:53 PM PDT 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: dr_lew
But you won't catch me campaigning to eliminate "aviatrix" from the GRE!

That's because you're a racist.

39 posted on 03/09/2014 8:25:35 PM PDT 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: prairiebreeze

Well, I can certainly understand that!

Since division is too complex for math teachers to teach, the kids are allowed to complete division questions with the help of a calculator.

Are calculators allowed for students taking the SAT’s?????

Back in my days in high school in the fifties, there was no such thing as a calculator (except for the Friden 99 key totalizer, which was unaffordable).

So all our math work was figured out with paper and pencil, and many super long hours of homework!


40 posted on 03/09/2014 9:26:54 PM PDT by Noob1999 (Loose Lips, Sink Ships)
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To: prairiebreeze
Even worse than dumbing down the SAT is making it "align" with Common Core. Now nobody can escape CC; not private schools, not home schools. This is a thoroughly diabolical move by the regime.

Common Core 'architect' deals blow to opponents with SAT revamp

FoxNews
March 07, 2014
By Perry Chiaramonte

“It’s a roundabout way to put pressure on states that opted out of Common Core,” said Whitney Neal, director of Grassroots at Freedom Works. “If you are legislator from Virginia let’s say, this will put pressure on you obtain material to make your district more appealing especially to homebuyers. SAT averages are often included in realtor information and high school success rate is always a selling point.”

The man known as the "architect" of Common Core has used his new job running the College Board to deal a devastating blow to critics of the national education standards.

The SAT was revamped to align with the Common Core Standards Initiative, the broad language and math standards adopted by 45 states despite growing complaints that it will result in nationalized control of K-12 curriculum. The announcement on Tuesday was made by College Board President David Coleman, who before taking the post in 2012, played a key role in designing Common Core.

41 posted on 03/09/2014 9:28:54 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: EinNYC
Common Core does have it's good points. My bride is a teacher, and she has been horrified that math is NOT taught in elementary schools. CC will at least make sure that doesn't happen.

You can't teach high school geometry if the student has had no exposure to things like multiplication without a calculator.

42 posted on 03/10/2014 5:55:03 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: stylin19a

surprise, surprise......


43 posted on 03/10/2014 12:34:14 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (Don't be afraid to see what you see. -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: ilovesarah2012
Did they do this for the benefit of a particular group?

Of course. The 'Rat constituencies -- minorities, gays, and feminists (I accidentally wrote "faminists" -- hope I wasn't channeling something!!) have been running education policy for 40 years now.

Oh, and did I mention the Communists at the core of the educracy and in the NGO cadres?

44 posted on 03/10/2014 6:27:35 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: ProtectOurFreedom; little jeremiah
Re David Coleman, the College Board educrat who is driving the changes to the SAT, here is a post to Diane Ravitch's education blog by a non-admirer of Coleman's who lays it out with a solid basis of his own, being an educator himself. Herewith the poster's squawk (a few standard edits supplied):

Jeff Ludwig
March 9, 2014 at 10:25 pm

Mr. Coleman is a wicked, self-centered educator. Dr. Ravitch you don’t know how much hurt is in my heart reading about the changes to be made in the SAT. After 50 years as an educator in colleges and secondary schools. His philosophical base is all wrong. The new SATs will discriminate against achievement, against math and language standards, and favor certain ethnic groups over others — all points completely against SAT philosophy since its inception. It is a revolution that will produce even more confusion and chaos than we have now (is that possible?). Further, Mr. Coleman is one of those politically correct individuals who is always mouthing off about our becoming more internationally competitive in education. Yet, with further diluting of the SAT (the “readjustment” of the mean score a few years ago was the first diluting step), we shall actually be less competitive. I do not consider myself to be a maudlin or sentimental person, but when I read about the changes, tears literally came to my eyes. I have dedicated most of my life to the intellectual development of students of all races, religions, and creeds, and regardless of their economic standing. My own father was a blue collar worker, and I had the opportunity to obtain degrees from Ivy League institutions. Like Mr. Coleman, I am Jewish. I read about his bar mitzvah. I also was bar mitzvahed. What did he learn from being Jewish? I learned that you shall not bear false witness (it’s one of the Ten Commandments). Watering down a standardized test is bearing false witness. It’s saying that your score is just as valid as someone else’s who received the same score but answered more difficult questions. Is that not a lie no matter how sophisticated your defense of the change might purport to be?


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Jeff Ludwig
March 9, 2014 at 10:34 pm

One other point …. Mr. Coleman’s longtime association with Michelle Rhee is, as you clearly state, a “red flag” regarding the philosophical foundations of his educational goals. Michelle Rhee lacks educational values and ideals and sees education as a form of marketing rather than as a system of passing on knowledge and values. The teacher is not a mere facilitator, nor is he or she to be evaluated according to cost-benefit parameters. Rather, the teacher is the key to unlocking student achievement for a better future and for independent thinking. Further, Michelle Rhee and her ilk are reversing the time honored ideal of in loco parentis where the teachers being placed under the control of the master puppeteers of the Core Curriculum and administrators, teachers, students, and, lastly, parents are under the control of an impersonal system run by technocrats, software engineers, and arch-manipulators, not by loving adults who care about kids. So, to coin a phrase, we now have in loco educationensis where parents must submit to the values and premises of the schools, and the schools must submit (all personnel) to the values and premises of the master controllers. It’s Plato’s Republic, Book VII, writ large. Or, eventually (tomorrow?) will be 1984 or Brave New World.

Source (cold link): http://dianeravitch.net/2012/05/19/who-is-david-coleman/

45 posted on 03/10/2014 6:40:54 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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