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Even Changed SAT May Not Be Best Measure Of College Success

(The University of Pennsylvania campus.  File photo)

(The University of Pennsylvania campus. File photo)

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By Dr. Marciene Mattleman

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - The word is out! The new SAT will be more relevant and mirrors students’ work in college, not deep algebra and obscure words.

An article in The Chronicle of Higher Education argues that the 2014 SAT will still be biased against women, the poor, and minorities.

In Washington, data show an achievement gap between Latinos and whites. Author John Fraire calls it a development gap where undeserved Latinos don’t have modern equipment, well paid teachers and counselors.

In a growing trend, more than 800 colleges and universities, mostly on the east coast, now use some of the testing-optional practice for admissions and a study at Bates College showed that a high school GPA was just as good – and often better – at predicting college academic success as were standardized tests. Results showed that there were no differences in graduation rates between those who submitted test scores and those who did not.

Fraire thinks the SAT shouldn’t be changed, but buried.

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