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SAT-ACT - SAT Is Getting a Redesign

By TANYA ABRAMS | Published on: February 28, 2013 | Source: NY Times

The College Board is planning to redesign the SAT, less than a decade since its last revision, which introduced a writing section, eliminated analogies and raised the value of a perfect score.

It’s too early to tell how or when the SAT will change, said Kathleen Steinberg, a spokeswoman for the College Board, which administers the exam. But David Coleman, the College Board’s new president, has criticized the SAT before, in part for the vocabulary words on the exam and for failing to provide source material to analyze and cite in the written portion that requires students to construct an argument.

Mr. Coleman did not address those issues in a letter to College Board members this week, but he did identify some broad goals for the redesign.

“We will develop an assessment that mirrors the work that students will do in college so that they will practice the work they need to do to complete college,” Mr. Coleman wrote. “An improved SAT will strongly focus on the core knowledge and skills that evidence shows are most important to prepare students for the rigors of college and career.”

Mr. Coleman, who became president of the College Board last October after having served as an architect of the Common Core curriculum standards, praised the SAT for being “aligned to the Common Core as well as or better than any assessment that has been developed for college admission and placement.”

He called the SAT “the best standardized measure of college and career readiness currently available” but added that “the College Board has a responsibility to the millions of students we serve each year to ensure that our programs are continuously evaluated and enhanced, and most importantly respond to the emerging needs of those we serve.”

Some education professionals interpreted the announcement as the College Board’s response to increased competition with the ACT, Inside Higher Ed reported.

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