STAGNANT ACT SCORES SHOW TEST-DRIVEN U.S. SCHOOL POLICIES HAVE NOT IMPROVED COLLEGE READINESS

Aug 20, 2014 by

Another year of flat scores on the ACT, the nation’s most widely administered college admissions exam, provides further evidence that a decade of test-driven public school policies has not improved educational quality.

Reacting to ACT scores released today, Bob Schaeffer, Public Education Director of the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest) said, “Proponents of ‘No Child Left Behind,’ ‘Race to the Top,’ ‘waivers,’ and similar state-level programs promised that focusing on testing would boost college readiness while narrowing score gaps between racial groups. The data show a total failure according to their own measures. Doubling down on unsuccessful policies with more high-stakes,

K-12 testing, as Common Core exam proponents propose, is an exercise in stubbornness, not meaningful school improvement.” (see http://fairtest.org/common-core-assessments-factsheet)

Stagnant scores and racial gaps have also been reported on the federal government’s National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and the SAT college admissions test.

Schaeffer continued, “The lack of progress toward excellence and equity will provide further ammunition for the country’s growing testing resistance and reform movement. Ending the counter-productive fixation on standardized exams is necessary to create the space for better assessments that actually enhance learning and teaching.”  FairTest actively supported this past spring’s opt-out campaigns and other protests that focused attention on testing overuse and misuse.

FairTest is also a national leader for test-optional higher education admissions. More than 830 accredited, bachelor-degree granting colleges and universities now do not require all or many applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores (see http://fairtest.org/university/optional). Eight more schools – Wesleyan University, Old Dominion University, Hofstra University, Temple University, Montclair State University, Beloit College, Bryn Mawr College and Emmanuel College — dropped test-score requirements already this summer. In addition, Hampshire College, which long was test-optional, is now “test-blind.”

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2014 COLLEGE-BOUND SENIORS AVERAGE ACT SCORES

1,845,787 million test takers

 

COMPOSITE SCORE            FIVE-YEAR SCORE TREND

(2010 – 2014)

ALL TEST-TAKERS                                     21.0                                           0.0

African-American                                      17.0                                        + 0.1

American Indian                                        18.0                                        – 1.0

Asian                                                        23.5                                        + 0.1

Hispanic                                                   18.8                                        + 0.2

White                                                       22.3                                           0.0

 

Source:  ACT, The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2014

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