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Many schools considering making SAT's optional

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For many years, educators have debated the fairness of the SAT determining whether a student can get into college. That very question could be changing the way colleges admit students in the future. Many schools around the nation are considering making standardize testing optional. Students WWAY spoke with said basing their future on one exam should be up for debate. It all comes with preparing for the SAT, the exam giving students the “right of passage to college. Dan Schmidt counsels students at New Hanover High School. He said he would like to see more colleges move toward optional testing. "I think colleges do like to see the test because it is standardized and so it's the same test whether you are in Florida, North Carolina or California. That's why colleges use it. I think students would prefer not to test and maybe base it more on how they did in high school academically,” said Schmidt. Lasheka Blackwell, a New Hanover High senior said, "I'm a bad test-taker anyway and it all depends on your GPA, your classes, as long as you do good your high school year I think that's what should matter." New Hanover senior Landon Childers has already taken the SAT twice. Though he feels added pressure from the test, he said it is a necessary tool to gauge if students are ready for college. “It kind of gives you a feel for if you are prepared for college right now. If you don't do that well on the exam then you are probably not in the area right now where you are prepared to go off,” Childers said. There may be a change on the horizon. Wake Forest University announced this year it would no longer require standardized test scores as part of the admissions process. Wake Forest was the first major private university in the southeast to do so. Schmidt said many factors can make standardized testing simply unfair. “I think there is a correlation with the higher economic status a student has the better they are going to do on a test and so you have to ask is the test fair. And also students that have the means may get some tutoring or test prep and students who don't have the means don't have that opportunity," said Schmidt. Only time will tell if other colleges will follow Wake Forest's example. For many students under pressure, optional testing would be a step in the fair direction.

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This dumbing down of our

This dumbing down of our students today is just sickening. I grew up poor - in a trailer in rural NC. I made good grades in school, 1400 on my (second) SAT and got a Presidential scholarship to college. What wasnt covered by my scholarship I worked waitress jobs and grocery store jobs fulltime hours in addition to fulltime classes to pay. I went to (and graduated from) graduate school on federal loan program. I now work a good job for an international company and am paying my loan back. Higher economic status - POOH! It all depends on what you want in life and I wanted to get out of the country and to make something better of myself so I LEARNED. Simple as that. Dumbing tests down so less intelligents can get into college does nothing but cheat EVERYONE. Anyway, I thought all these colleges constantly complained abut being overcrowded already. Why lower the bar to even more students, a lot of which wont be "making the grade"? It makes as much sense as this ridiculous cycle of school redistricting we see here in New Hanover every year and for that matter the entire national political/economic situation. Ultimately the lack of personal responsibility. I worked and paid my way thru school so someone else could go for free. I paid off my credit debt so now I can pay for those who didnt. I did not refinance my home out of range of its value so now I can pay for all those who DID. I am SICK of this TAKE TAKE TAKE mentality which is so prominent in our country anymore. This laxing of standards to get into college just feeds the illness.

Modern American education

If they don't meet your standards, lower your standards. What better proof of the intentional "dumbing down" that will eventually destroy this company?

Just another example of dumbing down....

"And also students that have the means may get some tutoring or test prep and students who don't have the means don't have that opportunity, said Schmidt" .... Eliminating the SAT's is just another example of how our society is dumbing itself down. I was valedictorian of my high school class, from a very lower-middle class home. Neither of my parents were college educated. By the time I was in 7th grade, my howework was already too difficult for my parents to help me. I knew that education was my "way up" in society. I didn't score particularly well on the SAT, but my score, combined with my volunteer work and GPA landed me a spot at a well-respected public university. As a prepared for grad school (10 years after undergrad), I bought several prep books and spend countless hours reading them and studying for the GMAT. I didn't have the cash to pay $500-$1000 on a prep course. I scored in the 93rd percentile on the GMAT. We need to quit dumbing down our society and expecting less from children, especially those from middle and lower income households. After graduation, no one is going to give breaks to anyone based on their socioeconomic status.

What "breaks"? Go see how

What "breaks"? Go see how many college grads are still working at McDonalds or delivering pizza.

That's the problem

Many kids think they can just get "any degree" and find a high-paying job.... One has to be strategic about their choices in life. It's called supply and demand, and it governs all aspects of our business world. My cousin with a 2.5 GPA and 7-year communications degree from ECU can't find a high-paying job. Surprised? I'm not, and I don't think he is either.

...and meanwhile...

Kids coming out of State with a baccalaureate in Electrical Engineering are picking from any of several offers in the $40-60k starting range, because we need engineers so badly. My friend's son graduated from the Colorado School of Mines last year, and the week after he graduated he was offered (and accepted) a position with BHP starting at $85k. If anyone wonders why the United States is slipping as a world power in science and technology, just look at the giant X on the chart of Engineer Demand vs Engineering Graduates. The future doesn't look good.... "Ooooh, but those degrees are SOOOO hard! There's no time to party!"