The SAT’s aren’t what they used to be even as more and more politicians and people who know little about education clammor for more high stakes testing to determine how good a job teachers are doing.
According to the most recent SAT, it would be good for teachers to put away Shakespeare and focus on reality TV.
A number of students who took the latest SAT were a little shocked to find one of the writing prompts asking them to write about the legitimacy of reality television … a problem because more than a few top students don’t watch much TV, and if they are, they are avoiding the Kardashians, Osbournes, and the supposedly Real World.
A few described a moment of genuine panic when they read the prompt and, despite having prepared some mental outlines on a particular work of literture or two, suddenly found themselves between a rock and a hard place when the prompt asked them to write about something completely non-academic and something that they had taken zero time to prepare for.
I wonder how many folks who support high stakes testing would allow some of these kids to take a mulligan? Too bad in NCLB testing there are no second chances.