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New, Reading-Heavy SAT Has Students Worried

(New York Times) By Anemona Hartocollis. BOSTON —  For thousands of college hopefuls, the stressful college admissions season is about to become even more fraught. The College Board, which makes the SAT, is rolling out a new test — its biggest redesign in a decade, and one of the most substantial ever. Chief among the changes, experts say: longer and harder reading passages and more words…
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PARCC Scores Lower for Students Who Took Exams on Computers

By Benjamin Harold (Edweek) Students who took the 2014-15 PARCC exams via computer tended to score lower than those who took the exams with paper and pencil—a revelation that prompts questions about the validity of the test results and poses potentially big problems for state and district leaders. Officials from the multistate Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers acknowledged the discrepancies in scores across different…
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Kaplan reports ACT business is surging

YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With one month to go before the debut of a redesigned SAT, Kaplan Test Prep is reporting that its business for students prepping for this weekend’s ACT has jumped more than 50%, as many students opt to hedge their bets by prepping for both tests. In a November survey of parents of college applicants, 43% reported that their child plans to take both admissions…
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Senate panel approves bill to make ACT or SAT an option instead of FSA

  (Orlando Sentinel) School districts could abandon Florida's new standardized test and give students the ACT or SAT instead, under a bill the Florida Senate's education committee approved today. The bill (SB 1360) was inspired by Seminole County school leaders, who last year urged the state to allow them to use national tests instead of the Florida Standards Assessments, or FSA. The FSA's debut last spring was…
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More evidence of bias in how colleges use SAT scores

  Futurity reports that a little more than two years after the College Board released research rebutting findings concerning the board’s testing methods, a professor at Indiana University and his colleagues have raised new questions in a paper about test bias, based on the testing service’s own data. The paper, to be published in the Journal of Educational Psychology, suggests that hundreds of thousands of college students…
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