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ERIC Number: EJ886272
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0013-189X
Comments on Atkinson and Geiser: Considerations for College Admissions Testing
Linn, Robert L.
Educational Researcher, v38 n9 p677-679 2009
Atkinson and Geiser (2009) make a strong argument for moving to a new form of college admissions testing using curriculum-based achievement tests. In making their case, however, they exaggerate the weaknesses of current tests such as the ACT and SAT by minimizing these tests' predictive utility and claiming a stronger relationship to socioeconomic status measures than is justified. Although some of the features that they would like admissions tests to have, such as providing a strong signal to students, are indeed desirable, the tight alignment of admissions tests to college preparatory courses in high school is unlikely to be achieved on a national level without a national curriculum.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: SAT (College Admission Test)