SAT’s about-face on essay presents colleges with a tough question

By Larry Gordon The College Board’s decision to make the essay portion of its influential SAT exam optional is setting off a national debate among colleges and universities about whether to require applicants to take it. Beyond the potential effect on students, the March 5 announcement about the upcoming test change is stirring soul-searching about the importance of writing in higher education and how best to evaluate that ability. The new College Board policy also has raised concerns about setting up a possible barrier to college entrance, especially if the separate essay writing exam requires an additional fee. “We dream of a day when The College Board pauses to think about student assessment due to the action of universities and not the other way around. The tail is wagging the dog on this one.” Read the entire article here:,0,92907.story#axzz2w98eP0Ez

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