Is the New SAT an Improvement?

The New SAT

In a recent Op-Ed piece in The New York Times, Richard C. Atkinson and Saul Geiser, discuss their opinions on the new SAT and college entrance exams in general. The new SAT will focus more on material taught in the classroom, and less on “puzzle” questions that need “tricks” to answer. The vocabulary questions will be more focused on everyday language, rather than obscure words and meanings. The Essay will now be optional and will be based on reading and analyzing a passage. Is this new format an improvement to the Current SAT? Here’s what they think:

“The revised SAT takes promising steps away from its provenance as a test of general ability or aptitude — a job it never did well — and toward a test of what students are expected to learn in school. But the College Board should abandon the design that holds it back from fulfilling that promise.”

What do you think? Follow the link to the article below: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/05/opinion/the-big-problem-with-the-new-sat.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=c-column-top-span-region&region=c-column-top-span-region&WT.nav=c-column-top-span-region&_r=0

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