With the “No Child Left Behind” law in effect, the SATs are actually reflecting how little our high school seniors have learned outside the three main “society functioning” areas such as Math, Reading and Writing. Should the S.A.T. be abolished for college admissions decisions? Absolutely. Any standardized test that focuses on anything more than these three study areas should not be factored into any decision. Why?
Teachers are forced by school administrators to spend more time on the three “specialized areas” and less time on Science, Social Studies or even foreign language and it boils down to one reason why: money! Students are learning very little in the way of other subject areas including Science, Social Studies, etc. These students graduating today do not have the quality education as students of the 1960s and 1970s have had. Why? Teachers are unable to teach other subject areas or spend quality time on other subject areas because they must “teach” the test. If there is a lack of students passing “the test”, the school receives little to no funding. Students are limited to keeping their thoughts in the box and teachers understand why but have little control or say in the matter. It goes back to the “No Child Left Behind” law.
Remember that the “No Child Left Behind” Law is good on paper but very bad in reality. It does little for the students who need the help by staying within these three basic areas. (After all, these three subjects can get you into any working job BUT not a WHITE COLLAR JOB with great benefits such as a CEO of a company.)
Are the teachers are fault? Not really!
However, when a student in the sixth grade asks where in America is Peru, we have to evaluate what is wrong in the school system. Some critics say this test evaluates the school system as a whole but I believe this is no longer true. How do the SATs rate the schools or students amongst each other when they are preparing for other tests? The SATs don’t just focus on three subject areas…it focuses on all subject matters. It’s no wonder some students find themselves taking the SATs more than once. They are unprepared for the rigors of it.
Why bother paying to take a test that does little for you but show what little high school students really know? What should college/university admissions look at besides these measly scores? Colleges should really look at student grade point averages and recommendations and not some silly test that may be biased in reality.