By Joseph A. Soares
“This publication is a crucial contribution to the reassessment of using standardized checks in university admissions. . . . faculties which are well-prepared for a dialogue approximately standardized admission exams will know the way their learn aligns with the data supplied during this ebook”
—David Hawkins, nationwide organization for faculty Admission Counseling
What can a faculty admissions officer adequately are expecting in regards to the way forward for a 17-year-old? Are the easiest and the brightest scholars those who can fee off the main right bins on a multiple-choice examination? Or are there greater methods of measuring skill and promise? during this penetrating and revealing examine high-stakes standardized admissions assessments, Joseph Soares demonstrates the far-reaching and more often than not adverse influence of the assessments on American existence and demands not anything lower than a countrywide coverage switch.
SAT Wars offers a roadmap for rethinking university admissions that strikes us prior the statistically susceptible and socially divisive SAT/ACT. the writer advocates for assessment instruments with a better specialise in what formative years truly accomplish in highschool as a extra trustworthy indicator of traits that truly subject in one’s existence and to one’s skill to give a contribution to society. This up to date e-book beneficial properties contributions by means of famous specialists, together with a bit from Daniel Golden, who gained a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting within the Wall road magazine on admissions, and a bankruptcy on substitute exams from Robert Sternberg, who's the world’s most-cited dwelling authority on academic learn.
As we proceed to discuss the use and misuse of standardized trying out, SAT Wars might be very important studying for a large viewers, together with university directors and school, highschool counsel counselors, schooling reporters, and parents.
Book positive factors:
- An authoritative blend of voices, together with collage presidents, admissions deans, students from economics, historical past, and sociology, and test-industry individuals.
- New details at the racial and gender biases equipped into the SAT.
- The basically self reliant case reports of the restrictions of the recent SAT.
- A step by step consultant on how collage admissions can cross test-optional.
- Alternative checks to SAT/ACT constructed by means of Robert Sternberg.
Contributors: Martha Allman • Richard C. Atkinson • Chang younger Chung • Christopher Cornwell • John Douglas • Thomas J. Espenshade • Saul Geiser • Daniel Golden • David Hawkins • John Latting • Charles Murray • David B. Mustard • Kevin Rask • Jay Rosner • Chole Melissa Rothstein • Robert Schaeffer • Robert J. Sternberg • Jill Tiefenthaler • Jessica Van Parys • Teresa Wonnell
Joseph A. Soares is Professor of Sociology at Wake woodland collage, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.