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SAT Wars

by David Hawkins

SAT Wars Synopsis

What can a college admissions officer safely predict about the future of a 17-year-old? Are the best and the brightest students the ones who can check off the most correct boxes on a multiple-choice exam? Or are there better ways of measuring ability and promise? In this penetrating and revealing look at high-stakes standardised admissions tests, Joseph Soares demonstrates the far-reaching and mostly negative impact of the tests on American life and calls for nothing less than a national policy change. SAT Wars presents a roadmap for rethinking college admissions that moves us past the statistically weak and socially divisive SAT/ACT. The author advocates for evaluation tools with a greater focus on what youth actually accomplish in high school as a more reliable indicator of qualities that really matter in one's life and to one's ability to contribute to society. This up-to-date book features contributions by well-known experts, including a piece from Daniel Golden, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting in the Wall Street Journal on admissions, and a chapter on alternative tests from Robert Sternberg, who is the world's most-cited living authority on educational research. As we continue to debate the use and misuse of standardised testing, SAT Wars will be important reading for a wide audience, including college administrators and faculty, high school guidance counsellors, education journalists, and parents.

SAT Wars Press Reviews

SAT Wars can be useful for both researchers and administrators in higher education with interests in fairness and diversity issues in undergraduate admissions testing. -The Review of Higher Education

Book Information

ISBN: 9780807752623
Publication date: 7th August 2020
Author: David Hawkins
Publisher: Teachers' College Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 240 pages
Categories: Colleges of higher education,

About David Hawkins

Joseph A. Soares is Professor of Sociology at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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