School Choice Weekly

Whistleblower Hits College Board for SAT Changes

School Choice Weekly #141 The former director of assessment design for College Board, the organization that owns the SAT and Advanced Placement tests, is alleging its SAT rewrite has been riddled with shoddy work and public deceptions. College Board released a rewritten SAT this spring. Manuel Alfaro reveals, among other things: My first assignment with the College Board was to review a draft of the test specifications for the redesigned SAT. The document had been created by two of David...

What’s the Difference Between K–12 and College Again?

School Choice Weekly #140 The Obama administration has announced a new program that will allow poor high-school students to apply for federal college grants to take classes that will give them both college and high-school credit (“dual credit” classes). This is a bad idea overall, but it raises interesting questions about the Left’s self-contradictions. Briefly, it’s a bad idea to give Pell grants to more people because the Pell program is bloated, fraudulent, and ineffective, as economist...

Schools Seek to Reduce Emphasis on Test Scores

School Choice Weekly #139 Indianapolis is one of many cities beginning to use new federal rules to judge public schools by measures other than test scores, such as school discipline reports, student and teacher surveys, and graduation rates. The Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaced No Child Left Behind several months ago, newly requires states to rate schools with “non-academic” criteria. Raw test scores don’t give enough information by which to fairly judge school quality or fit for a...

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