The College Board’s president, David Coleman, announced Monday that the College Board would be embarking on the development of another new SAT. The last revision of the SAT was in 1994, when a number of changes were made (adding the writing section while removing the TSWE, removing antonyms, increasing the amount of test dedicated to reading comprehension, expansion of tested math, allowance for the use of calculators, and the addition of free-response problems) and in 1995, with the now famous “re-centering” of scores.
Mr. Coleman’s letter to the public announcing the “new” SAT to be developed, cited as the goal: “… the development of an innovative assessment that sharply focuses on a core set of knowledge and skills that are essential for readiness, access, and success” in college. He further stated that the College Board would “work with membership to redesign the SAT to better meet the needs of students, schools, and colleges.”
Very specifically, the College Board aspired for the new SAT to “mirror the work that students will do in college so that they practice the work they need to do to complete college” and, for the colleges, so that the scores will be a reliable predictor of academic success there.
Our next blog will provide some thoughts on this significant announcement.
Sarah C. Reese, Informed Educational Solutions