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Don't Use SAT and ACT as Your High School Tests, Study Urges

States should not use the SAT or ACT to measure high school achievement because those exams don’t fully reflect states' academic standards, and could distort what's taught in the classroom, according to a paper released Tuesday by Achieve.
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More Colleges Backing off SAT and ACT Admissions Rule -- THE Journal

More Colleges Backing off SAT and ACT Admissions Rule -- THE Journal | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A running tally shows that more than a thousand accredited, four-year colleges and universities now make their admissions decisions about all or many applicants without considering ACT or SAT test scores.
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How Peer Pressure Undermines Success

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Will students pass up academic help based on how their friends feel? A new study suggests they will.
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How I Learned to Take the SAT Like a Rich Kid

How I Learned to Take the SAT Like a Rich Kid | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
To get into elite colleges, one must train for standardized tests with the intensity of an athlete.
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SAT scores fall modestly in a year of transition for college admission test

SAT scores fall modestly in a year of transition for college admission test | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Following lowest scores in a decade in 2015, this year’s numbers continued downward. But test results only cover students who took the old version, which ended in January.
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How Asian test-prep companies quickly penetrated the new SAT

How Asian test-prep companies quickly penetrated the new SAT | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
New SAT booklets have leaked on the Internet. The SAT’s security failures are prompting some college officials to question the validity of exam scores.
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Hidden Gold in College Applications

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To diversify campuses, smart admissions offices look closely at candidates.
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Something you should know about the new SAT

Something you should know about the new SAT | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

“Students who are aware that the section isn’t scored–in other words, students who’ve received good test advice or preparation (and who will therefore almost certainly be disproportionately from wealthier families)–will have an advantage over students who don’t realize that these sections have no impact on their scores."

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Here's what will change with the new SAT

Here's what will change with the new SAT | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
SAT prep is a multi-billion dollar industry today. Will the redesigned SAT restore its original goal of providing greater access to higher education for a diverse population?
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Will States Swap Standards-Based Tests for SAT, ACT?

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Moving to a college-entrance exam such as the SAT or ACT, which are designed to predict the likelihood of students' success in college, would mean that states had chosen instead to measure college readiness.
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College Board waiving fee for students who took June 6 SAT and want to take it again

College Board waiving fee for students who took June 6 SAT and want to take it again | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A printing error in the June 6 SAT testing booklet used in the United States has caused problems for the College Board, which is discarding two whole sections of the test.
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New SAT, New Problems

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The questions, particularly those in the math sections, could put certain students at a disadvantage.
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Student Performance Stalls on SAT, Improves on AP Tests

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For the first time, the College Board released data from three of its college-readiness testing programs and the results illuminate some "missed opportunities" for students with academic potential.
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If you thought colleges making the SAT optional would level the playing field, think again

If you thought colleges making the SAT optional would level the playing field, think again | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
When colleges and universities began to make the SAT an optional part of the admissions process, the hope was that it would expand access to the nation’s most selective institutions to groups that had historically been shut out. The reality is – at least at selective liberal arts colleges – the decision by a growing number of colleges to make the SAT optional does not appear to be the great equalizer that many hoped it would be.
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Is the U.S. Education System Producing a Society of “Smart Fools”?

Is the U.S. Education System Producing a Society of “Smart Fools”? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
One distinguished psychologist explains why he believes this is so and how to reverse course
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Does Free Mean Better for Students Choosing An SAT Prep Course?

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Is there a price that a worried parent wouldn't pay to help a child do well on college admissions tests? The good news is that test preparation doesn't have to be expensive anymore.

The multimillion-dollar coaching industry is facing competition from free or low-cost alternatives in what their founders hope will make the process of applying to college more equitable. Such innovations are also raising questions about the relevance and the fairness of relying on standardized tests.

The online education platform Khan Academy has partnered with the College Board to provide free coaching for the SAT test. Top commercial programs cost around $1,000.
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Finally, the College Board makes it easier for students with disabilities to get SAT accommodations

Finally, the College Board makes it easier for students with disabilities to get SAT accommodations | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
College counselors expressed delight at the changes, with some noting that they will especially help students who do not have the resources to fight the College Board for accommodations. In the past, winning accommodations for the SAT was often a timely and laborious process requiring extensive documentation of a disability.
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Draft Rules on ESSA Provide Testing Protections for Students With Disabilities

Draft Rules on ESSA Provide Testing Protections for Students With Disabilities | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
States would have to prove that students who take the SAT or ACT have the testing accommodations they need.
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SAT Test-Taking Declines in Settings Not Sponsored by States or Districts

SAT Test-Taking Declines in Settings Not Sponsored by States or Districts | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A modest increase in the number of students taking the SAT is fueled largely by state or district programs that offer, or require, the college-entrance exam. Outside those programs, numbers have dropped sharply.
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U.S. Department of Justice Eyes Accommodations on SAT, ACT

U.S. Department of Justice Eyes Accommodations on SAT, ACT | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
In many states, students with disabilities are required to take one of the college-entrance exams, but some can't get the testing accommodations they need.
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New research suggests that SAT under- or overpredicts first-year grades for hundreds of thousands

New research suggests that SAT under- or overpredicts first-year grades for hundreds of thousands | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
New study suggests the SAT may over- or underpredict first-year college grades of hundreds of thousands of students.
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A History Of The SAT In 4 Questions

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The SAT has gone through big changes since 1926. The test reflects the nation's biases and times. Here's our subjective tour of the exam's history — in four questions.
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Everything You Need to Know About the New SAT

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Here’s what experts say about the redesigned test, based on practice questions. Tip: Go to a good school, and read a lot.
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Statewide SAT Testing in Maine Linked to Boost in College Enrollment

Statewide SAT Testing in Maine Linked to Boost in College Enrollment | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
New research finds there is a 2 to 3 percentage-point bump in college-going rates from statewide SAT testing among high school juniors.
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Maine 11th-graders show mixed results in SAT scores - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Maine 11th-graders show mixed results in SAT scores - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
High school juniors improve their math and writing scores from last year, but reading scores are down. Statewide, students' science scores also are up.
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