Skip to comments.The war on standards — dumbing down the SAT
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 SATs 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).
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 doesnt 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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What is the big deal? All this means is that the universities will adjust their admission standards for the new scores.
‘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...
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.
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!
Did they do this for the benefit of a particular group?
I thought they already dumbed it down a couple of times of the last 30 years.
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.
“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 doesnt 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”
Note also the "bottom line". That tells all.
“I like money...”
Just FYI, Idiocracy.
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.
Ok, I spelled it wrong.
In third grade I got credit for a good idea.
I thought you just forgot the name. Kudos on the idea.
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 :-)
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.
And NO one really getting a meaningful education either....
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