A growing number of US universities are abandoning standardized testing as a key factor in the regulatory process. Last month, Creighton University announced that as of 2020, hopeless applicants should not be asked to provide ACT or SAT test results. She joins, for example, Arizona State University, DePaul University, Drake University, the University of Arizona and the USA at University of Chicago among others.
Why do these respected institutions abandon these test results, which have been central to the assessment of higher education attainment for almost 60 years? The answer is simple: they are not an exact way to judge students' knowledge and potential .
Despite the increasing tendency to use ACT and SAT examinations as a crucial yardstick for assessing college readiness, more students than ever take them along ̵
Why are the Results so bad? Are the below-average test takers just not ready for college? The answer to these questions is why many cognitive scientists believe that these exams should not matter at all. Moment-in-time assessments are fraught with problems and do not provide an accurate view of real knowledge or knowledge potential. We have the technology to do it better.
Remember the tests you have done in your life. What do you remember most? Is it the material that you tested in the exam, or the fear you had regarding your future on a series of questions? This fear highlights the underlying problem of SAT and ACT examinations and an inherent injustice that negatively affects many students. After all, so many factors that affect exam results, such as cramming, anxiety, physical health and happiness, are not what we really want to measure.
Perhaps worryingly, many of these factors are influenced by those we are more than what we learned Crisp two-thirds of high school students eventually experienced an uncomfortable level of test anxiety, being severe and chronic Test anxiety up to a quarter of all affected persons .
General 32 percent of the adolescents had an anxiety disorder – a number that increased simultaneously with the spread of standardized tests. Research has also shown that there is a strong correlation between examinations and factors such as minority status and family income.
Given these inequalities, it's no wonder that extensive studies of thousands of students  ACT or SAT submissions are a poor predictor of college success. The same studies have also shown that the average scores of the grades, which measure successes over time and offer numerous test options, were more successful indicators of future performance and future success.
This is a good start, but even the use of GPAs is in need of improvement. Despite the positive impact of GPA – the fact that it is a long-term, data-driven process that measures knowledge with consistent data points across a student's entire career – it is also heavily influenced by major trials.
What are the current standards for knowledge? There is a lack of the comprehensive application of cognitive science (as we learn), technology (artificial intelligence and machine learning) and comprehensive learning records that help to tailor the learning experience to each individual. This is the way to accurately assess the real knowledge and potential – a GPA 2.0, if you like.
Educators, admissions officers, and especially students, have so much to gain that they move on to a better model of knowledge assessment. Imagine if your coursework could accurately predict when you would forget about the types of chemical bonds that you had to master, or realize that you do not yet know Shakespeare's typical literary tools, and then deliver that information to you at the right time If you need it, you can build long-term memory and retention.
Or when the teacher has been able to see a dashboard of how students are getting on the way to mastering information, and use that insight to decide when to intervene and help the most needy students instead of treating them the same. 19659004] The combination of cognitive science and technology can do much more than just evaluate knowledge – it can help us to learn more effectively. Cognitive scientists have rigorously worked for decades to develop the most effective techniques to build long-lasting memories – deeper engagement, sophisticated self-tests, and optimally distributed reviews – as well as common approaches such as cramming, mnemonics, and re-reading, resulting in poor retention. Unfortunately, the latter approaches are extremely common in the ACT and SAT tests, while tactics such as have no effect on the recall .
Today ACT and SAT are of great importance. However, as the learning tools and data continue to enhance the learning experience, they should not do so. The actual test will not be the ability to stay cool, complete test forms and outsmart the exam day, it will be objectively tracked, long-term knowledge and understanding.
As we move to online on-demand curriculum and assessment, data on student performance, cognition and learning will only increase and standalone testing will be less important. That would be a perfect score.
Published March 16, 2019 – 19:30 UTC