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SAT Wars The Case for Test-Optional College Admissions

by David Hawkins

SAT Wars The Case for Test-Optional College Admissions 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 The Case for Test-Optional College Admissions 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: 10th January 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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