Posted by: abaybay123 | October 22, 2007

The Reform of Education

When browsing a more broad topic of general educational controversies I came across this article on the reform of education to benefit the student for future success.
http://davidwarlick.com/2cents/2007/10/22/measures-for-success/
I strongly urge you to read the article that is linked to this blog post. The blogger of the article talks about the new educational program that has been installed in Green County, North Carolina. The county now bases its education off oppurtunity, rather than test grades. I found it very genious that each middle and high school student in the county are provided with a personal labtop that is equipped with technological programs to ensure infastructure, content, and professional development of the student. I took the exert below from the article to show the efficiency of the new educational program:

Of particular interest, however, is the number of graduating high school students who are going to college. Prior to their 1:1 initiative, only 26% of students continued their education after high school. On the last day of school, in 2006, 79% of graduating seniors had already been accepted at post secondary institutions. In 2007, it rose to 84%.

As you can see, in Green County, NC, the rate of graduating students continuing on to secondary institutions has increased by almost 60% in the just four years! Those numbers are simply mind-blowing. This article just goes to show the effectiveness of education when it is based off oppurtunity and the goal to be successful later on in life. Although standardized test compare students on how well they comprehend certain material, they don’t determine ones ability to strive and adapt in order to excel in the future.

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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

http://www.ndebates.com/board/features/306.htm

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.

Posted by: abaybay123 | October 22, 2007

SATs Unnecessary and Biased

I just read a pretty interesting post on the College Confidentials blog site that correlates to my exploratory paper topic. i found this portion of the post to be most intriguing:

The Test Is a Common Yardstick
After years of describing the SAT as a “common yardstick,” the test-makers have now flip-flopped, claiming “it is a myth that a test will provide a unitary, unequivocal yardstick for ranking on merit.” The SAT has always favored students who can afford coaching over those who cannot, students from wealthy suburban schools over those from poor urban school systems, and males over females.

Coaching Does Not Work

The test-makers have backed away from their original claim that performance on the SAT could not be improved through coaching. The College Board now sells its own test prep materials. A number of studies indicate that good coaching courses can raise a student’s scores by 150 points or more on the test’s 2400 point scale. These courses, which often cost $900 or more, further skew scores in favor of higher-income test takers. Because college admissions officers do not know who has been coached and who has not, they cannot fairly compare two applicants’ scores. via http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/showthread.php?t=405423

I was appealed by this blog post because the author is explaining how the College Board has contradicted its originial missionary statement of predicting the students future success in college. In my paper I will be addressing the issue of the efficiency of the SATs and whether they should be abolished. Although the test does provide a common ground for admissions officers, statistics prove the test does not accomplish the mission statement. Furthermore, later on in the post, the blogger touches upon how the test could be considered biased. I agree with this claim in that I believe the standardized test is considered a test of the wealthy. Anyone with alot of money can literally buy their kids a high SAT score. They can afford to send their children to top quality prep classes, such as the Princeton Review, that almost guarentee an increase of atleast 100 points on the SATs. In translation, the SATs are biased in that they favor the rich and desriminate against the minorities.

Posted by: abaybay123 | October 22, 2007

Pg. 85 Review Questions #1-5 (SWA 10)

swa-10-eng-101.doc

Posted by: abaybay123 | October 3, 2007

Works Cited (SWA 8)

swa-8-eng-101.doc

Posted by: abaybay123 | October 2, 2007

EA Pg. 65 Review Questions 1-5

swa-7-eng-101.doc

Posted by: abaybay123 | September 21, 2007

“Rosie the Riveter” Response (SWA 6)

“Rosie the Riveter” Response

Posted by: abaybay123 | September 19, 2007

“Fade To Blonde” Reaction (SWA 5)

Fade to Blonde reaction

Posted by: abaybay123 | September 12, 2007

Virginia Tech Shooting Response (SWA 4 Revised)

Virginia Tech Shooting Response (SWA 4 Revised)

Posted by: abaybay123 | September 12, 2007

Virginia Tech Shooting Response (SWA 4)

Virginia Tech Shooting Response

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