What can a college admissions officer safely predict about the
future of a 17-year-old? Are the best and the brightest students
the ones who can check off the most correct boxes on a
multiple-choice exam? Or are there better ways of measuring ability
and promise? In this penetrating and revealing look at high-stakes
standardized admissions tests, Joseph Soares demonstrates the
far-reaching and mostly negative impact of the tests on American
life and calls for nothing less than a national policy change. SAT
Wars presents a roadmap for rethinking college admissions that
moves us past the statistically weak and socially divisive SAT/ACT.
The author advocates for evaluation tools with a greater focus on
what youth actually accomplish in high school as a more reliable
indicator of qualities that really matter in one's life and to
one's ability to contribute to society. This up-to-date book
features contributions by well-known experts, including a piece
from Daniel Golden, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting in
the Wall Street Journal on admissions, and a chapter on alternative
tests from Robert Sternberg, who is the worlds most-cited living
authority on educational research. As we continue to debate the use
and misuse of standardized testing, SAT Wars will be important
reading for a wide audience, including college administrators and
faculty, high school guidance counselors, education journalists,
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