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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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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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‘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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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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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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“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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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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