Eliminating Standardized Testing
I’m sure we’ve all had to take some sort of standardized test at a given point. Standardized testing has been in the news a lot lately. In this op-ed for the Huffington Post, Theresa Hernandez, a doctoral student at the University of Southern California, argues that it is time to abolish standardized testing. She cites a study by the National Association for College Admission Counseling that found schools who do not require the SAT/ACT saw an increased in the enrollment of underrepresented students relative to comparable institutions that require test scores. Additionally, the study also found that a student’s high school GPA was a better indicator of their college success. She is essentially arguing for the elimination of standardized tests as it doesn’t really tell us how a student will perform in college.
The topic of standardized testing was briefly talked about in our Brown Bag seminar several weeks ago. We discussed whether it should play such a big role in the admissions process. I am not a big fan of standardized testing because I also believe it is not a true indicator of a student’s ability or whether they will be successful in college. Since there seems to be a lot of people who want to get rid of standardized exams, what are your thoughts on this topic?