SAT Subject Tests See Steep Decline in Participation

(Edweek) By Catherine Gewertz–Lots of attention has been heaped on the fact that more and more students are taking the SAT or ACT. But little notice has been given to an opposite trend: the quiet slipping-away of the SAT Subject Tests.

Once known as the SAT II, and, before that, the SAT Achievement Tests, these single-subject multiple-choice exams were long a staple of many high school students’ applications to college, especially to the more selective set of institutions. But an examination of the College Board’s own reports shows a steep decline in the number of students taking those tests, especially in the last five years.

FairTest, a group that opposes high-stakes standardized testing, drew attention to the decline earlier this week by examining the data for the most recent five graduating classes.

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