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This article is part of a series. Please review Mark’s first and second post regarding Common Core.

 
Teacher_students2Right now, April 2015, the SAT (a GOOD test, one that lets students elevate themselves) is bowing to Common Core. The College Board, which creates the SAT, is abandoning its standards and making its 11th and 12 grade testers submit to an extended Common Core.

The College Board is at this time best characterized as “if you can’t beat ’em, join em” mentality. That’s craven, if you aspire to be a leader. It might also be foolish, because as Common Core changes, the SAT will then feel compelled to change with it.

The SAT for over forty years has been a good standard. Students deserve the benefit of a known standard, one they can elevate themselves to with good work. The College Board appears to be sacrificing this in order to chase state $ that’s available with Common Core and and the testing it creates. As State $ to feed Common Core testing dries up, the SAT may feel compelled to follow-the-money even more reverently, chasing the states that support common core and succumbing especially to those states that grant The College Board large contracts.

The better prescription for The College Board is…stand up for yourself! Be proud of a standard that has served students and colleges well. Don’t be afraid of “Aptitude”, the quality the SAT was originally meant to measure. Aptitude at age 17 is far more valuable than knowledge, and perhaps more valuable than skill. Aptitude indicates what a student can do for many years to come! For colleges that desire to somewhat mold students, aptitude is at least as good as “achievement”. Colleges already have reams of “achievement” data — school grades, Subject Tests, and AP tests. Aptitude is the welcome element your test can provide. ASK YOUR MEMBER COLLEGES!.

Predictably, your students are taking a “can’t beat ’em mentality” too. “Why try to excel to meet a vague, NON-standard that’s trying to look like the ACT, when I can take just the ACT!” By trying to compete as “another ACT” the SAT will continue to shrink. By trying to emulate a Common Core than teachers, parents, and students are coming to hate, the SAT becomes a reviled test rather than a student’s asset.

Mark Greenstein
Founder and Lead Instructor
Ivy Bound Test Prep