Many students who don't ace the SAT and ACT tests apply to schools that make standardized test scores optional. A new study shows those students do just as well in college as those who submit their scores.
The college board ( SAT) and (ACT) have been the bane of our existence in the dyslexic community long enough! Time this testing went the way of leeches & bloodletting to treat illness and fevers?--Lou
"..Hiss’ study, “Defining Promise: Optional Standardized Testing Policies in American College and University Admissions,” examined data from nearly three-dozen “test-optional” U.S. schools, ranging from small liberal arts schools to large public universities, over several years.
Hiss found that there was virtually no difference in grades and graduation rates between test “submitters” and “nonsubmitters.” Just 0.05 percent of a GPA point separated the students who submitted their scores to admissions offices and those who did not. And college graduation rates for “nonsubmitters” were just 0.6 percent lower than those students who submitted their test scores..."
“By any statistical methodology [these are] completely trivial differences,” Hiss explains. “The nonsubmitters are doing fine in terms of their graduation rates and GPAs, and significantly outperforming their standardized testing.”
In other words, those students actually performed better in college than their SAT and ACT stores might lead an admissions officer to expect.
HIGH SCHOOL GRADES MATTER
The study has another clear result: High school grades matter — a lot. For both those students who submitted their test results to their colleges and those who did not, high school grades were the best predictor of a student’s success in college. And kids who had low or modest test scores, but good high school grades, did better in college than those with good scores but modest grades.
Hiss says it’s probably not so surprising that a pattern of hard work, discipline and curiosity in high school shows up “as highly predictive, in contrast to what they do in three or four hours on a particular Saturday morning in a testing room.”.."