Growing Up in Santa Cruz: Do College Entrance Exams Help or Hurt Students?

Growing Up in Santa Cruz, January 2019, “Do College Entrance Exams Help or Hurt Students?” by Brad Kava.

Every year more than 7 million high school students pull out their Number 2 pencils and go through a drill about as pleasant as having a cavity filled—-only it takes longer.

For almost a century the SAT and ACT tests have been required by many colleges looking to determine how high school students will do in higher education. Only, in recent years, there has been pushback against the tests by educators who claim they don’t really measure aptitude, they favor students from wealthier homes who can afford paying for test tutors and they skew toward those who have a talent for taking tests, rather than those with other aptitudes. Read more