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13-tweet thread: With apologies to @akilbello for hijacking his excellent #HateRead hashtag, I share this article from the @WSJ , which comes close to rivaling the stupidity of the opinion piece in the @chicagotribune a week or so ago…
It doesn't take long for the rich white guys to burst at the seams trying to keep from using the term, "Snowflakes."
Of course, no one is opposed to testing. Just testing that doesn't tell us much and costs the country hundreds of millions of dollars in real and opportunity costs.
Here, they repeat the misconception that the ACT and SAT are "powerful predictors." Anyone who has done the research knows this is bullshit. They add almost nothing once you factor in everything else you collect. (Exception: When College Board sponsors your research)
The well-planted seeds of grade inflation come into play. This has been a common thread since College Board and ACT launched their attack on the test-optional movement.
Except, of course that the ACT is suffering from Test Inflation. The red part of the bar is 29+ on the ACT Composite over time. It's gone from 6.64% of all tests in 2002 to 11.57% in 2017.
This is beautiful propaganda here: You don't like test-optional because it hurts rich kids. So you make it look like you're opposed to it because it hurts the chances of poor kids, by favoring rich kids.
Literally (and I know what "literally" means) the only people who say that test prep does not work is the testing agencies. And the Khan Academy claim is--especially from an organization that trots out lots of sophisticated numbers when it wants to--beyond suspect.
A beautiful circular argument (this is what "begging the question means, btw). Tests show preparation. Poor kids don't have high test scores. Ergo, poor kids are not prepared for college. Beautiful, but completely fallacious.
Sigh. How many times is this facile argument going to be trotted out?
I'm tempted to put "journalism" in quotation marks every time I see a "newspaper" write an "opinion" piece about "test optional admissions." Idiots who think they know the value of standardized tests because their high ones got them into an Ivy are the root of the problem.
Stop it, "journalists."
Oh, and #EMChat
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