Saturday, May 28, 2005

Good Writing Instruction, Not Testing, Is the Best Preparation for College

(This is obvious, but needs to be said...)

NCTE Task Force on SAT and ACT Writing Tests Releases Report
National Council of English Teachers

The report, The Impact of the SAT and ACT Timed Writing Tests, raises serious concerns about the validity of the tests as an indication of writing ability, the impact of the tests on curriculum and classroom instruction, the unintended consequences of the writing tests, and issues of equity. According to the report, the SAT and ACT timed writing tests are "unlikely to improve writing instruction," and have the potential to "compromise student writers and undermine longstanding efforts to improve writing instruction in the nation's schools."

To Access The Full Report

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