Crossing the Finish Line: The SAT and ACT
Nov 05, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

A couple of links today focused on this new report, the result of a massive (more than 200,000 students) study which makes, as arguably its most important conclusion, the satatement that the SAT and ACT do not matter in predicting college success. "High school GPA is a better predictor of college graduation rates than SAT/ACT score. This findings holds true across institution type, and gets stronger the less selective an institution is." There are some obvious implications: "colleges and universities need to take a hard look at this new research... [and] higher education rankings need to drop the SAT and acceptance rate as measures of institutional quality." But also, what does that say about high stakes tests as measures of achievement? Total: 1672
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Re: Crossing the Finish Line: The SAT and ACT

I would urge caution here.
If SAT/ACT type tests were used as an alternative entry path rather than an additional requirement they might provide a "second chance" to students with low high school gpa (which after all may well be a result of low family socio-economic status rather than lack of individual talent). [Comment] [Permalink]



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