The new test is slated to be revealed in January, and as of now it’s hard to know specifically what the changes will actually look like, and in what ways the test will be “improved” for test takers.
Fair treatment of a controversial subject: the SAT.
"...For the fifth year in a row, less than 50 percent of high schoolers reached the “college and career ready” SAT Benchmark score of 1550, according to the 2013 SAT Report on College and Career Readiness provided by the College Board. While underrepresented minorities’ scores made small gains, and minority test-takers were at an all-time high, the Board agreed that an overall cause for concern was warranted. “This number has remained virtually unchanged for the past five years,” the report stated, “underscoring a need to dramatically increase the number of K-12 students who acquire the skills and knowledge that research demonstrates are critical to college readiness.”
The report shows a direct link between meeting the Benchmark of 1550 and college completion, showing that 54 percent of students scoring 1550 or above completed college in four years, and 77 percent within six. Conversely, only 24 percent of those scoring below 1550 completed college in four years.....
"...The new test is slated to be revealed in January, and as of now it’s hard to know specifically what the changes will actually look like, and in what ways the test will be “improved” for test takers...
"...Bard and MIT aren’t the only universities fed up with the limits of standardized testing in college admissions, said Bob Schaeffer, public education director at The National Center for Fair and Open Testing, or FairTest. According to the the FairTest website, more than 800 accredited colleges and universities do not require SAT or ACT scores from all students before granting admissions; of that 800, more than 150 are first-tier in their respective categories, according to US News and World Reportrankings.
Schaeffer said FairTest is skeptical of the new SAT, and wonders whether Coleman’s new redesign is more marketing campaign than assessment improvement. “Given that the test underwent a comprehensive overhaul less than a decade ago,” he said, “we are suspicious that the current initiative may be primarily a public relations ploy by incoming College Board President David Coleman aimed at regaining market share from the ACT, which has taken over as the nation’s most popular undergraduate admissions test in recent years.”
FairTest argues that the ideal “test” for college applicants is four years of coursework, plus projects and performances, and cites research that high school grades make a better predictor for college success than any standardized test scores, including the SAT and ACT. While Schaeffer agrees with the College Board that rigorous high school classes prepare kids for college, “The idea that any one factor [like taking the SAT] can accurately capture the complexity of factors of achievement is ludicrous,” he said..."