What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?

Crabby wonders about form and substance...The more I think about college access and success for underserved students, the more I find myself reading and thinking about primary and secondary education as well. Too often, I've found, even students at the top of their classes struggle to write a decent essay for an application--not understanding how … Continue reading What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?

Educating the “Inferior Classes”

The more Crabby deals with college access issues, the more he finds himself reading and learning about current American educational policies and other issues affecting how our children are taught and expected to "perform." One of his primary sources is Diane Ravitch's blog, which not only contains her trenchant observations about education, but also links to other … Continue reading Educating the “Inferior Classes”

Achievement and Standardized Testing

Back in 2001, Richard Atkinson, then president of the University of California system, sent shock waves through the testing community by suggesting that he would recommend dropping the SAT I in favor of the SAT II. The SAT II, unlike the SAT I, is more closely related to what students actually learn (or should learn, … Continue reading Achievement and Standardized Testing

That Crazy, Mixed-up SAT!

Crabby gets testy... Holy heaving Jeebus, the College Board has decided to change the SAT again! Well, that's just great. This time around it seems like they're playing a drunken game of Mr. Potatohead, with the nose going in an earhole and the mouth where an eye should be. The SAT just looks raggedy now, … Continue reading That Crazy, Mixed-up SAT!

When Will We Learn?

A new report comparing the college performance of students who submitted standardized test scores for admission and those who didn't finds that there are no significant differences between them. In other words, whether or not testing was used for admission, the results were about the same. What's nice about this report is that it looks … Continue reading When Will We Learn?