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What Do You Think about the Changes in Store for the SATs?

A revamped exam will debut in 2016.

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The SAT test will be overhauled to better reflect classroom learning, according to the College Board, which administers the college entrance exam.

"The redesigned SAT will focus on the knowledge and skills that current research shows are most essential for college and career readiness and success," the board said in a statement. "The exam will reflect the best of classroom work."

The new test will debut in the spring of 2016.

According to CNN, some of the changes include:
  • The new test will be based on the old 1,600-point scale, instead of the current 2,400 one
  • The Khan Academy will provide free test preparation
  • The test have three sections: reading and writing, math, and an optional essay that will be scored separately
  • Students will not be penalized for incorrect answers
  • Calculators will not be allowed on the math section 
  • The test will take about three hours to complete, with an additional 50 minutes for the essay
  • There will be an electronic version of the test in addition to the print one
What do you think of the changes? Share your opinion in the comments.
deb of see-attleboro March 16, 2014 at 05:24 PM
According to his Patch profile, he is chairman of the Foxborough Democratic Town Committee. No mention of teaching. Reading his comments, I hope I am wrong about that.
Kathleen March 17, 2014 at 10:17 AM
Obviously Dennis hasn't been reading the local newspapers. Is he even remotely familiar with what is currently going on in neighboring Salem MA with the Bentley school? There's an example for you. The school is a Level 4 under performing school that is in it's second year of a three year turnaround program with not much success. (Next step would be for the state to come in and take over the school). It's to the point where the Mayor now wants to contract with a private company to have them take over the day-to-day management of the school. Despite lengthening the school day, revamping the school schedule, seeking outside help and securing a $500,000 federal grant, MCAS scores have actually gone down (during the 'turnaround') under the current administration. To make matters worse, the school has been without a principal since December due to the current principal being out on an extended family medical leave. Seems to me that this is a perfect example of our public schools failing our children. Does the fact that the school has one of the highest percentages of poor & limited English speaking students make it OK with him to just sit around and let the school fail these kids? You only get ONE chance with a child's education. These kids deserve better!

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