Eliminate the Sat

Topics: Standardized test, Psychometrics, Standardized tests, Educational Testing Service, SAT / Pages: 6 (1865 words) / Published: Feb 23rd, 2009
Kaila DeBesse

Eliminate the SAT The Scholastic Aptitude Test, better known as the SAT, is, “a test designed to predict college performance and to provide a means for admissions people to compare prospective students who have the same grades, but who come from widely varying high schools in different parts of the country” (Keisler 1). This standardized test has caused an immense amount of controversy all because of conflicting opinions arguing whether or not that definition is truly accurate. The SAT has created many problems for a number of high school students while trying to embark on a college career, and I claim that eliminating the SAT permanently and, instead, judging students on other educational aspects would be very beneficial. The first controversy pertaining to the SAT is that it eliminates many minorities from being able to attend college due to poor educational preparation. It is so important for students to pursue higher education after high school, but it is hard when so many students are subject to poor teaching. In an article entitled “The New SAT and Minorities”, it is stated that, “[T]he lower performance of blacks and Hispanics reflects the fact that blacks and Hispanics tend to be clustered in poor schools offering outdated curricula taught by ill-prepared teachers” (Artze 1). Charles Kiesler, author of the article “Affirmative Action and the SAT”, claims that student’s who have access to courses targeted at training a student for college-level work are more likely to perform well on the SAT (3). Kiesler says that, “The bias is in the lack of access to [college-prep] courses for minorities in our K-12 system”(3). Another argument is that standardized tests are produced to favor a certain population or class. In The Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology and Behavioral Science, Raymond J. Corsini says the cultural bias hypothesis states, “…the item contents of the tests are selected much more from the typical experiential background of



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