Skip to comments.California Defines Testing Down. Ignoring faculty, the UC president wants to drop the SAT and ACT.
Posted on 05/18/2020 7:00:10 AM PDT by karpov
As higher education braces for the impact of coronavirus, the nations largest university system is poised to undermine the value of its own degrees by dropping admissions testing for political reasons.
Last week University of California President Janet Napolitano released a plan to stop using the SAT and ACT in admissions. The tests would be optional for freshmen applying to enter in 2022 and excluded except in certain circumstances for 2023 and 2024. Ms. Napolitano hopes the university can create its own test for 2025, but even if thats not possible she wants the tests scrapped entirely from then on.
The math and reading tests have faced escalating attacks from progressives because black and Hispanic students score lower than whites and Asians on average, and one activist group sued the UC late last year. Yet an exhaustive UC faculty senate report, commissioned by Ms. Napolitano and released this year, found the tests arent discriminatory and play an important role in protecting educational quality.
Surveying data from tens of thousands of students, the commission found the SAT and ACT add substantially to UCs ability to predict student success beyond high school grades, especially for minority groups. It said UC does not appear to use standardized test scores in a way that amplifies racial disparities.
The report found the top obstacle for minority students is not testing but failing to complete required high-school courses. It also suggested that worsening grade inflation, especially at wealthy high schools, makes an objective assessment especially important.
The progressive UC faculty are not indifferent to the prospects of disadvantaged Californians. The committee scrutinized the data for evidence of bias. Yet test gaps reflect differences in levels of preparedness, exacerbated by Californias unaccountable K-12 public schools. Faculty have an interest in ensuring the students they teach are prepared.
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Meanwhile, Chinese students are kicking our ass.
Madness. Reaping and sowing come to mind. This will not end well.
Refrigerated beer cooler in the back seat? nice option!
They need people in leadership that are stupid enough to believe in communism.
It’s becoming like; “If you got the money, we’ll take you”.
The SAT and ACT were designed to help identify talented students who may not have excelled in HS. Disadvantaged kids.
I passed the TV that someone staying here was watching and some white bread 20 something woman was crying about how blacks make 52 cents on the dollar compared to whites. She was REALLY crying. Dumb b..ch
What followed was a cacophony of curses that were sung like the 3 tenors would sing opera.
Some fat black transgender looking beast was the host.
All of the liberalism and now the dumbing down of students to give lazy, shiftless minorities (and too many white kids) chances they don’t deserve and a worthless degree really irks me.
I made it clear that next time that show is on the TV ends up in the ####ing street.
> Yet an exhaustive UC faculty senate report, commissioned by Ms. Napolitano and released this year, found the tests arent discriminatory and play an important role in protecting educational quality.
They are discriminatory - thats their purpose. They discriminate against those who are less well intellectually prepared for college.
Resumes from graduates of any college that doesnt use them should go straight to the round file.
Yeah, the faculty will just luv teaching these kids. College will be the new High school (and kind of already is).
Those tests just made private test prep tutors and school recruiters rich.
I agree with you...but I wonder how long you can play this game and charge $75,000 for four years of basic high school stuff at the college level?
The report found the top obstacle for minority students is not testing but failing to complete required high-school courses. One of the craziest things that happened to me academically was that the second time I took the ACT, most of the questions were based on the same as my Chemistry final exam. I took the tests two weeks apart. All the test did was confirm I mastered some basic concepts.
This BS school year for K-12 is going to create a huge dent for next 10 years in kids abilities that they will never catch up, so the only solution is to lower the threshold of what is considered passing.
Then these kids will have to compete with smart kids from China and India for top paying jobs where kids are challenged in school and do not get participation trophies.
I got a step-grand kid who is a smart boy exiting the 6th grade. He is even a grade level ahead. He just lost is advantage. Meanwhile his brother who has a tough time w/ some dislexia (runs in family) in 4th grade, barely meeting threshold is going to get the shaft.
In Los Angeles, over 65% of the High School Graduates can NOT read, write or count above the 3rd grade level, All of them are “Qualified” for College!
The best/only chance middle-class kids have of getting into Ivy Leagues is to excel on standardized tests. Otherwise, all the slots will be filled by less capable Biden’s, Clinton’s, Kennedy’s, Lori Loughlin spawn, selected minorities, and their ilk.
Too many Asian students? Too few from more favored minorities?
The more dumbed down Americans are, the better it is for Democrats. Napalatano is a deep state Democrat so this is not a surprising move.
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