New SAT Part Of Shift Toward Testing Achievement Instead Of Aptitude

The Washington Post (4/22, Anderson) reports that that the new SAT is part of a “long move away from testing for aptitude as the College Board seeks to tie the exam more closely to what students learn in the classroom.” Cyndie Schmeiser, the College Board’s chief of assessment, commented that “the College Board has moved toward achievement testing in response to the need for better information about student readiness.” Jeremiah Quinlan, Yale University’s dean of undergraduate admissions and an adviser to college board, said “this test could be even more predictive of success in college than it has been in the past.” Bob Schaeffer, a spokesman for the National Center for Fair & Open Testing, criticized the new test, stating that “SAT scores will remain a better measure of family income than of college readiness.” In an opposite opinion, Stuart Schmill, dean of admissions for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said the new focus “made sense,” as it measures what students “should be” learning in high school.