ERIC Number: ED315438
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
The Common Yardstick: A Case for the SAT.
Cameron, Robert G.
The contribution of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) to education is described, and the most frequently asked questions about its use are addressed. The SAT became a prominent tool in college admissions when the members of the College Board recognized in the 1930's that the Board's program of very specific subject-matter tests was no longer appropriate or welcome since educational reforms had freed the high school curriculum of rigid academic requirements. Once the limitations of subject-specific examinations were recognized, the virtues of a test of general reasoning and thinking skills, such as the SAT, also became obvious. Benefits of the SAT covered in this discussion include those related to uses by parents and students, benefits to high schools and colleges, state-level benefits, and benefits to society at large. Particular measurement characteristics of the SAT reduce sex and ethnic biases. Finally, the effects of test coaching on SAT design and the measures of the validity and effectiveness of each SAT item are addressed. (TJH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: College Entrance Examination Board, New York, NY.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: SAT (College Admission Test)