Saturday, September 19, 2015

The Case Against the SAT and...

Years ago I had a few Teachers from other towns point me to the fact about the
need for Colleges to be more lenient on kids in small towns that have lower
income / resources for learning. Like Oklahoma with it's low taxes thinking.
Red states are always against it's own people, by choice and by
sadomasochistic voting practices. Like voting for people wanting low taxes,
so there are less tax dollars to pay for food stamps, help pay the rent etc.
But many vote for people that hurt them, why ? They like it!
And they make it bad for the others that don't like to starve!

~~~~~Are 97 of the nation's 100 poorest counties in red states?
This was a variation on a few memes we’ve checked previously that nine out of the
10 poorest states are red states (we rated this Mostly True) and that Republican-leaning
states get more in federal dollars than they pay in taxes (also Mostly True).

Anyway you see it, Education is bad in red states and poor community's in reality.
And Colleges should understand that when they consider a kids application for College.
I pushed on that at Colleges I don't know if they listened to me but there are changes.

~~~~~The Case Against the SAT Test scores don't predict the potential
success of future students.
Last year, Ithaca joined the growing number of colleges that have incorporated
an option to omit standardized test scores for some or all of their applicants last year.
At the heart of our decision was the conviction that requiring a test score might limit
our applicant pool and potentially distort our admissions and financial aid decisions.

Our first realization was that test scores add relatively little to our ability to predict
the success of our students. Studies undertaken by the SAT's sponsor, the College Board,
generally indicate that the SAT adds only modestly to the prediction of student success
after high school GPA is taken into account. Our internal study showed similar results,
validating that the loss of test score information at the time of admission makes
very little difference in our ability to identify how successful applicants will later become
as college students.

In addition, we know that some potential students are deterred from applying to colleges
that require a test score because they are not comfortable taking standardized tests.
In fact, groundbreaking research by psychologist Claude Steele, now dean for the
School of Education at Stanford University, has shown that underrepresented groups
are more likely than others to be put off by test score requirements.

To me it's obvious there needs to be a handicap in Red states low towns.
When you look at the people, listen what they say. As in view about Muslims.
They mostly put them all in the same pot the Radical vs Regular Muslims.
As the same as a Holy Roller vs a Regular Christian being in one pot.
Or a Holy Roller in church is known to not pick up the bible and read during Church.
They just go with it! Looking into the light of a Red State of it's peoples upbringing
vs higher education you will see the pipeline going through High school toward College
and the need to be more lenient!

Oklahoma has always been bad on that. Sad but there is something my
college friend called the "Rubber band effect." Many try to make it somewhere 
else but they can't, and end up back in Oklahoma!
Like many I know that went to NY! Only to comeback to Oklahoma,
they where too slow to make it! I knew people that did that!
All of that points to going to College and being too slow for it.
That needs to stop! Getting slow kids into college would speed them up!

It's not that the poor kids or red states would be a bad investment.
It's the fact of how many are low and at what level would it effect the whole
if nothing is done?!