Thursday, May 05, 2005

MIT Professor Blasts SAT Writing Test

The link will take you to the NYTimes, but reading the whole article requires free registration. An MIT Professor who sat on a panel for the new SAT writing test says: "It appeared to me that regardless of what a student wrote, the longer the essay, the higher the score," Dr. Perelman said. A man on the panel from the College Board disagreed. "He told me I was jumping to conclusions". But Dr. Perlman apparently went on to complain about the fact that students are not downgraded for factual errors. "An essay on the Civil War, given a perfect six, describes the nation being changed forever by the "firing of two shots at Fort Sumter in late 1862." (Actually, it was in early 1861, and, according to "Battle Cry of Freedom" by James M. McPherson, it was "33 hours of bombardment by 4,000 shot and shells." Hmmm.
New York SAT Essay Test Rewards Length and Ignores Errors

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