Posted by: abaybay123 | October 22, 2007

No Correlation

As previously mentioned in the last post, the SATS are clearly a controversial topic in todays education industry. I came across an interesting article when browsing through some web blogs on the topic. As I was reading through the article, I began to realize how familiar the article was to me. Thats when I discovered that it is an actual published article in a magazine that will significantly aid me in the construction of my exploratory paper. This one specific section of the article appealed to me:

All freshman grades are not created equal, so the UC study took the obvious differences into account. It broke down its results by college campus (an A at Berkeley might not mean the same thing as an A at Santa Cruz) and by freshman major (an A in a humanities course might not mean the same thing as an A in a physical science course). The results were unaffected. Again, the SAT was unnecessary; it added nothing to the forecasts provided by high school grades and achievement tests.

Thorough as the Geiser and Studley presentation was, almost any social science conclusion can be challenged through different data or a different set of analyses. The College Board, which makes many millions of dollars every year from the SAT, had every incentive and ample resources to refute the UC results. But it could not

This quote appealed to me because not only did the author express the ineffiecieny of the SAT to predict future college GPAs, but he also presented statistics that took into consideration the difficulty of different majors and courses on different campuses. The author, Charles Murray, provides an interesting perspective on the standardized test in that even though the College Board cannot prove these statistics wrong, they still are unable to get rid of the test because of the millions of dollars they profit from it. This is a very comprehendable statement. I mean obiously if they are making millions of dollars, they are going to do everything in their will to keep the test standing.


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