The big news in standardized testing is quite a bombshell: College Board, the organization which administers the SAT, announced that some 4,000 students have received incorrectly low scores on their SATs due to problems related to the scanning of their answer sheets.
While a thorough investigation of the test scores is currently being conducted, this issue raises some important questions: Is the current method of scanning answer sheets accurate and dependable enough to be used in high-stakes examinations? Would computer based testing have eliminated this problem? If computers are employed where do you find enough computers for students to take the test?
Potentially the most important question, of course, is whether or not this reporter's scores were actually raised by a mistake such as this.
Seriously, though, given the fact that this exam is a sizeable piece of a college applicant’s submission to the admissions committees, inaccuracy in scores can have dire consequences. The ability of a student to get into their college of choice directly affects the direction of their life and career. What do you think?
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