We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Before the SAT, colleges gave their own achievement tests to see whether you were prepared.
In 1926, the SAT was intended to be a "progressive", democratizing influence by testing your "aptitude" instead of your mastery of Latin, Greek, French, chemistry and trigonometry. At the time, the elite prep schools did the best job preparing kids for the elite colleges' requirements.
Charles Murray on educational testing, college admissions, class and genes. He suggests dumping the SAT, but keeping the Achievement Tests. His discussion makes sense to me: a college ought to be able to state what they expect in terms of preparation.
"Alan Contreras"+"Oregon Office of Degree Authorization"
You will find something like this, and many, many more:
Sorry, testing is the ONLY system to date that reasonably determines a level of accomplishment to date. If, a school wants to fling wide it's doors to all those poor boobs, who didn't get it in high school, the school itself needs to have it's curriculoum, and pedagogy "accredited". However, one must never forget that the same accrediting agency that authorizes the University of Illinois, also accredited a single rented room (office size). This room contained a computer connected to a major university's library system. So, you see even the North Central Accrediting Agency can be corrupted.
The argument to eliminate SAT is developed by those, who wish to incur favor with the PC crowd--
Leveling the Playing Field:
Justice, Politics, and College Admissions.
Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield,
Is "one of a number of recent books on col-
lege admissions in the United States, this
book focuses on the desirability of in-
creasing the proportion of underserved
populations in higher education and dis-
cusses the role of admissions in this pro-
cess. Topics include the role of
affirmative action, the SAT examination
and its implications, admissions testing
in general, and related topic"