Truth, Lies, and… College Admissions

If the name Mackenzie Fierceton rings a bell, you probably read an article about her titled something like “Student Loses Rhodes Scholarship After Lying…” But, as the saying goes: “The plot thickens.” I’m going to do a post that uses her story to discuss some aspects of the college application process that are typically not […]

Hiding Inequality

When I met Bob Schaeffer, the Executive Director of FairTest, at a National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) conference in October of 2012, I thought he was misguided. In our roughly 20-minute conversation, he decried that the SAT and ACT were tests that could be prepared for and explained that he wanted them to […]

Broken Dreams: College Access and Outcomes

There has been an increasing focus on opening up access to a college education. In principle, I completely agree with and support this focus: a college degree is a dynamo for individual, generational, and societal advancement. Many college admissions counselors have taken up this worthy cause. For example, the updated mission statement of NACAC (National […]

Test optional. Confusion mandatory.

“Garbage in; garbage out” is a popular phrase to describe the effect of bad information on outcomes. Think of your local weather service: “Today it will be sunny. No chance of showers.” And you end up drenched from a downpour – bad info led to a bad outcome for you. When given bad info, it’s […]

Sal Khan on Testing, Admissions, and Equity

Sal Khan gives his thoughts on the role of standardized testing in admissions and the tests’ effect on equity. Published by Chariot Learning and published here with permission.

Selectively Test Optional

Most colleges prefer applicants to submit standardized test scores. This post was published by Summit Prep and shared here with permission.

How Standardized Testing is Essential to Promoting Equity

Educational inequity is a crisis in the United States, and standardized tests are among the best available tools for understanding disparities in achievement and opportunity. We can only fix what we can measure. This post is authored and published by the National Test Prep Association and shared here with permission.

How Standardized Testing Benefits Individuals

Standardized testing evaluates test takers’ understanding of meaningful academic skills that are necessary for their success as students, professionals, and citizens. This post is authored and published by the National Test Prep Association and shared here with permission. Photos by Kelly Sikkema and John Arano on Unsplash

The Value of Test Preparation

In addition to higher test scores, test preparation has many additional benefits. This post is authored and published by the National Test Prep Association and shared here with permission.

How Standardized Testing Benefits Society

Standardized tests remain among the most efficient and effective tools for measuring student knowledge, ability, and achievement. This post is authored and published by the National Test Prep Association and shared here with permission.