The full article is here:
Thanks to Nancy Paterson.
I have been in the realm of public education since 1988 and am saddened by the emphasis put on standardized tests. My oldest is a freshman in at 4 year university, and his scholarship was based upon his ACT score, and that was all. I would like to see a series of tests throughout the senior year in high school to show strengths/weaknesses in academics as well as interests.
Thanks for the response, Matthew, and I think your idea speaks to the need for some major changes in how students are assessed in general as well as specifically for entrance to universites. My two daughters are graduates of Michigan State University and were admitted based on test scores and also writing samples/essays. Although one received a large scholarship, it was within the MSU Art Department not via test scores but rather her work during senior year of high school- although she scored pretty well on the ACTs as well. Here in MI, we have several worthy schools who ask for extra-curricular activities and in some cases, face-to-face interviews in addition to standardized test scores. I too am disheartened by the overuse of standardized testing, especially when so many more authentic, formative means exist.
I too believe students would be more apt to have a successful first year if university admissions departments required additional information that was then passed along to students' first-year professors. Some profs would certainly welcome the information and help guide students to success. While teaching English Education courses at Grand Valley State University, I regularly heard from colleagues who taught freshman courses of the difficulties many students face with assignments that require close reading. I am sure this is true in other departments and in other universities.
Personally, I feel a general overhaul of the university undergraduate experience is needed.
This blog post speaks to the topic, Matthew. Take a look: