Category Archives: testing

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Having a Voice is an American Dream

Crabby hears rain on the parade… Yesterday Crabby met with a group of high school students he’s been working with on college options for a while. Several of the seniors shared their acceptances and we cheered them. Crabby turned to the younger … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Fishing in Deeper Waters

“See you now;                                                                           … Continue reading

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The Uncounted Pleasures of College

Crabby speaks out against cost-benefit analysis… Last week Crabby attended a presentation entitled “Is College Worth It?” Of course Crabby already believed the answer was “yes,” but given the economy and the lower economic rungs most of his students now … Continue reading

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Taming the Testing Dragon

The coming new year for the Chinese is the Year of the Ox, so I’m going to go with that spirit and suggest it’s time to tell students applying to college that they can take the ACT or SAT once … Continue reading

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