The traditional high school A-F grading system no longer reflects an accurate measurement of student success. Providing a new system where grades are measured by the rank of the student in the class will provide a system more honest than before, it will benefit students and prospective colleges. Changing the grading scale to a system where students are ranked from a curve based off the total percentage of points potentially earned in the course. In addition to a system where few in a class receive a failing grade and if a student falls below the line have the opportunity to obtain a successful grade in the course by completing extra course work and offering an opportunity to retake tests/quizzes. A student will be more willing to take a risk by taking a class that they may not get an A in.
All in all, universities and colleges should not use the SAT to make a selection for their incoming students; they need another test which is fair for everybody. They also need to look at students' GPAs because GPA shows how well the students have done in high school. In other words, they also need to look at students' GPAs because students have done much more time and many more tests for their GPAs than they have done for their SATs.
The problem is that there is no set standard. The only time in which the nation gauges the youth on the same standard is when they take the SAT's. This test composes of three sections including math, reading, and writing. According to the website Collegeboard.org a website that is nationally known for its practice test on this test. "The SAT and SAT Subject Tests are a suite of tools designed to assess your academic readiness for college.... measuring the skills required for success in the 21st century."
The students came from various L1 background and were international student as well as immigrants, ranging from 21 to 56 years old. The students were then divided into two experimental groups (direct correction only and direct correction with metalinguistic explanation) and one control group. There were several instruments utilized in this study. The language analytic ability test was a 14 items of multiple choices test, asking students to choose the best translation of short English phrases in an imaginary language. The pretest, posttest, and immediate post consisted of three similar tests: (1) speed dictation test, containing 14 items that should be completed in 8 minutes, (2) writing test, asking students to rewrite a short narrative text in 12 minutes, and (3) error corr... ... middle of paper ... ...ors, if not language teachers, to conduct a language aptitude test prior to placing their students to certain level or class.
But when they get to schools where most of the other students are better prepared – with much higher SAT scores and more rigorous high school course work – the chance of failure is high” (Sanders 2). Race preferences ensure that students are accepted into schools where they will have trouble competing. “Another adverse effect is lower incentives for students in preferred groups to work to the best of their ability before college. Knowing they’ll get a boost on account of their race, many are content with high school work that’s merely satisfactory” (Leef 2). In other words, minorities attending elite colleges due to racial preferencing are not likely to remain in the major they originally chose because of the unexpected amount of workload that they are unprepared for.
Even more brutal, the advantage conferred by the B.A. often has nothing to do with the content of the education” (245). The reason that this affects young people so much Murray believes is because “more than 90% of college students report the guidance counselors encouraged them to go to college (251). This falls along in Murrays belief that many students who are not academically prepared attended college because they are encouraged by people who may not have a full understanding of the academic standards higher education requires. Murray ultimately believes a better system needs to be put in place in
A vast majority of college students have to take on the task of working during the academic year. This can affect their grades and how they excel in their school work. There is an incredible difference between the comparison of test scores between wealthy students and those who live in poverty. The Scholastic Aptitude Test is a standardized test that colleges look at when admitting students. Studies have shown that the higher a school’s percentage of poor kids, the worse that school tended to perform on SATs (Washington and Tagami).
Colleges use SAT scores to help estimate how well students are likely to do at its school. Knowing your SAT helps the college make a decision about how likely it is that you'll do well at the school, but for many their first year of college grades are different from what their SAT scores had predicted for them. The oldest and most familiar accusation against standardized tests is that they are discriminatory. The prime evidence for this charge is the test results themselves. For many years now, the median score for blacks on the SAT has fallen 200 points short of that for whites.
“We argue that one-size-fits all assessments disadvantages students who are English Language Learners, in the USA, as well as students with limited economic resources, special needs, and not reading on grade level.” (Eric) You might wonder how standardized testing got started. Well these types of tests appeared once legislation passed No Child Left Behind. Th... ... middle of paper ... ... to afford the best tutors. It is not that wealthy students are smarter than poor students, but they have an advantage because of their wealth.” (Zakarin) “The national institute of mental health reports that anxiety in children and young adults has been increasing since the 1950’s. The increase in standardized testing may contribute to this.” (Buzzfeed) Most of a person 's young life revolves around school.
“Low scores can prevent a student from progressing to the next grade level or lead to teacher firings and school closures, while high scores ensure continued federal and local funding and are used to reward teachers and administrators with bonus payments” (Use of Standardized Tests 5). Standardized tests give parents a good idea of how well their students are doing and learning. It also leads to exaggerated reports of success. In Jonathan Pollard’s article he says “Consider this passage taken directly from Kohn’s book:” Then it states how when a test is first administered and scores are low, headlines are bad. Then in a few years the scores go up and the headlines are good.