Leon Botstein: The SAT Is “Part Hoax and Part Fraud, Albeit a Profitable One”

What are your thoughts about this recent post by Diane Ravitch, Educational Historian?

Diane Ravitch's blog

In a scathing essay in TIME magazine , Leon Botstein, president of Bard College, lacerates the SAT.

The recently announced changes, he writes, are “too little, too late,” and are motivated mainly by the competition between the SAT and the ACT, which now tests more students than the SAT.

What Botstein makes clear is that the hoops and hurdles of the SAT are archaic and have little, if anything, to do with being well prepared for college.

He writes:

The SAT needs to be abandoned and replaced. The SAT has a status as a reliable measure of college readiness it does not deserve. The College Board has successfully marketed its exams to parents, students, colleges and universities as arbiters of educational standards. The nation actually needs fewer such exam schemes; they damage the high school curriculum and terrify both students and parents.

The blunt fact is that the SAT has…

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