Why you should care about the SAT and ACT

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In 2017, Virginia students performed better on the SAT than students across the US.

Students in Albemarle County and Charlottesville performed better than state averages!

From the Daily Progress:

In Charlottesville, the average math score of 579 — up 35 points from the year prior — is 41 points higher than the state average and 62 points higher than the national average, according to a news release from the city school division.

The city’s average verbal score of 599 also was up 35 points from last year. That figure is 41 points higher than the Virginia average and 72 points above the national average.

“At Charlottesville City Schools, we remember that any individual test score is just one small glimpse of the good work our students achieve. But anyone who has ever applied to college knows the importance of the SAT and college entrance exams,” Kendra King, director of student achievement, said in a statement. “We’re glad that our students do so well on these key exams.”

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From the Wallstreet Journal:

The SAT and ACT matter. They help overwhelmed admissions officers divide enormous numbers of applicants into pools for further assessment. High scores don’t guarantee admission anywhere, and low scores don’t rule it out, but schools take the tests seriously.

And they should because the standardized tests tell us a lot about an applicant’s likely academic performance and eventual career success. Saying as much has become controversial in recent years, as standardized tests of every sort have come under attack. But our own research and that of others in the field show conclusively that a few hours of assessment do yield useful information for admissions decisions.

Unfortunately, a lot of myths have developed around these tests—myths that stand in the way of a thoughtful discussion of their role and importance.

Myth: Tests Only Predict First-Year Grades

Longitudinal research demonstrates that standardized tests predict not just grades all the way through college but also the level of courses a student is likely to take. Our research shows that higher test scores are clearly related to choosing more difficult majors and to taking advanced coursework in all fields. At many schools, the same bachelor’s degree can be earned largely with introductory courses or with classes that approach the level of a master’s degree. Students with high test scores are more likely to take the challenging route through college.

Tests also predict outcomes beyond college. A 2007 paper published in the journal Science presented a quantitative review across thousands of studies and hundreds of thousands of students, examining the predictive power of graduate-school admissions tests for law, business, medicine and academic fields. It showed that the tests predict not only grades but also several other important outcomes, including faculty evaluations, research accomplishments, degree attainment, performance on comprehensive exams and professional licensure.

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