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The Fate of the SAT and ACT in California: Hanging in the Balance

College entrance exams, namely the SAT and ACT, are back in the news. It’s been rapid fire over the last year. First was the Varsity Blues scandal (when wealthy parents were hiring tutors for their children to replace or correct SAT tests, among other nefarious activities). Then came the announcement from ACT that they will allow students to retake one section of the test at a time as of September 2020 (yet another barrier for those who can’t afford private tutoring or to pay multiple standardized testing fees).Read more

A History of Good Intentions . . .Or So We Thought ACT, SAT, Subject Tests . . . . . Test Optional, Test Flexible . . . HELP!

The Evolution of College Entrance Examinations (Stewart, Johanek, 1996) Abstract Over the last 150 years, one of the hallmarks of American education has been the testing of increasingly large groups of people through processes of growing sophistication made possible by continuing advances in the technology of information processing. Much of this testing has been largely external to the instructional process, driven by the interests of policymakers and governments, especially vis-à-vis grades K-12, and has served various ends. Stewart, D. M., & Johanek, M. C. (1996). The Evolution of College Entrance Examinations. Retrieved from https://repository.upenn.edu/gse_pubs/179 Read more


Dreams Deferred: Colleges Conspire with College Board to Recruit Low-Scoring Students They Can Subsequently Reject to Boost their Rankings

Once again, we need to issue to our students a “Buyer Beware” regarding the College Admissions Test Industrial Complex. The Wall Street Journal has broken the story how the College Board, father of the SAT, is selling personal information from low-scoring students to colleges, which then recruit these same kids to apply with the explicit goal of rejecting them - in order to increase the selectivity of their institutions.Read more

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes in the ACT

With many significant events happening in our world this week including Turkey’s airstrikes on Syria and an evolving impeachment inquiry, you may have missed the big news in college admissions that broke on Wednesday: significant changes to ACT test administrations.Read more