FairTest: The “New” SAT Is No Better than the “Old” SAT

For Michigan’s high school juniors (including my grandson) the “mandatory – no exceptions – college-bound or not-college-bound” SAT test will be this spring. This analysis of the “new” SAT is not a good sign for them. The College Board, which administers the SAT, won the three-year $17.1 million contract according to the Michigan Department of Education. Just imagine what Michigan schools could do with the money instead of sending it to that company.

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for immediate release, Monday, February 22, 2016
SAT “FACELIFT” FAILS TO ADDRESS EXAM’S BASIC FLAWS —
WEAK PREDICTION, BIASES, AND SENSITIVITY TO COACHING;
50+ SCHOOLS GO TEST-OPTIONAL SINCE REVISIONS ANNOUNCED

Saturday, March 5, is the first administration of the “redesigned SAT.” Though its sponsor, the College Board, is promoting revisions in the exam’s appearance, none of the upcoming changes addresses its key weaknesses, according to the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest).

Bob Schaeffer, FairTest’s Public Education Director, explained, “Even the College Board admits that the ‘new’ SAT will not provide more accurate forecasts of undergraduate success. It will still under-predict the classroom performance of women, older applicants and students whose first language is not English. The coaching industry is already selling high-priced ‘test prep steroids’ to teenagers whose parents can pay thousands to artificially boost scores on…

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