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Bob Wise on ACT, SAT Results and the Future of Assessment

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September 11, 2015 02:34 pm

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Recent results from ACT and the College Board indicate that large percentages of the nation’s high school students are graduating from high school unprepared for the rigors of college. Only 28 percent of 2015 ACT-tested high school graduates met college readiness benchmarks in all four subjects (English, reading, math, and science). Results from the College Board weren’t much better, with 41.9 percent of SAT takers in the Class of 2015 deemed college ready.

Speaking with Education Week’s Caralee Adams, Alliance for Excellent Education President Bob Wise remarked on the future of assessments such as ACT and SAT. “Wise maintained that the current college-entrance exams have limitations, and that as educators look to build students’ creativity, collaboration, and deeper-learning skills, there may be a shift to relying on digital portfolios,” Adams writes.

Wise told Adams that he believes technology will “quickly transform the assessment process,” adding that, “within 10 years, certainly, we are going to see a far different measurement service or assessment than simply a one-day test that we spend weeks getting our kids ready for and lots money for test preparation.”

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