George Washington University has become the latest and largest university to denounce SAT and ACT test in their admissions process. Instead, they are going for a holistic view of a student’s progress, abilities and drive. This is the wave of the future for standardized testing.
It is important to take into consideration the fact that these tests are unfair to people of lower socio-economic status. Some people cannot afford test prep classes. Most importantly, not all schools are built or ran the same due to property taxes being used to fund schools.
Using a standardized test to mark those in a situation that is clearly unstandardized is positioning certain people for sheer failure. To compare someone with a 3.5 GPA and a 1750 SAT score in a privileged, well-funded school to a person from an impoverish, dilapidated school with a 3.2 and 1600 SAT score ignores some very prominent factors that have led to that student’s scores.
If it were up to standardized testing, which ignores these factors, the former would be seen as the better prospect.
Until things are truly equal and impartial, basing competence on a standardized system will continue to be fundamentally flawed. Using the SAT and ACT tests as measures for success in higher education have already been roundly debunked. A Feb. 5, 2014 study probed the success of students from university admission requirements that required test scores to those that cited the inclusion of test scores as optional.
The results showed there was a negligible difference in the success of students. There was a .05 percent of difference in GPAs and a .6 percent of difference in graduation rates. The most important indicator of actual college success was high school GPA. This displays a long-term evidenced pattern of a person’s determination, knowledge, and more importantly, drive. High testing did not indicate better college success. In fact, students with high test scores and low high school GPAs did worse than their counterparts with low-test scores but higher high school grades.
It is time to eliminate the undue importance placed on test taking and college entrance exams. Studies show that they are a poor indicator of actual success and an even worse indicator of a person’s high-achievement in relation to extenuating factors.
People are varied and there is more than one singular type of intelligence. Using menial test scores as the single most important indicator of students’ abilities is asinine and baseless.