More bad news for the dreaded SAT test.
The number of colleges and universities making the SAT or ACT optional continues to grow. In a new survey from FairTest.org, more than 775 colleges no longer require most students to submit scores from either standardized test.
What’s more, a high-powered panel led by William R. Fitzsimmons, who oversees Harvard’s admission office, has released its
The report, which you can access here (link no longer available), encourages colleges and universities to ditch the SAT or ACT as a requirement if they can make good admission decisions without the tests. There are plenty of schools, which abandoned the tests years ago, that have proven this is possible.
Even the College Board, which owns the SAT, has acknowledged that grades rather than the SAT is a better predictor of college success.
“We want to get the word out more clearly than before that tests should not be used in a rigid way,” Fitzsimmons said in an interview with The Chronicle of Higher Education. “A couple of decades ago, people associated testing results with so-called ability. We have come to a clearer understanding that those scores have more to do with opportunities.”
Ironically, while the panel, which included experts from around the country, was hard on the SAT, Fitzsimmons did not appear ready to abandon the test at his school.
In the Chronicle interview, Fitzsimmons had this to say in defending Harvard’s use of the standardized test:
“We want to give people as many opportunities as possible to show what they can do, particularly when we don’t know everything about their high schools.”