December 7, 2003
Re "Against the Odds Is How They Have Prevailed," Oct. 24: Congratulations to Sara Coulous and Damon Witts, and to all of their colleagues, upon their admission to UC Berkeley. The SAT has always been (well before affirmative action was initiated) only one of the considerations used in considering admissions. This is stated within the application packet to the University of California. Listen up: The SAT is one test, given on one day. Students from backgrounds that have denied them a superior education or access to purchased test preparation can be equally successful in a university setting, as well as after graduation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2013 |
Before students hunker down to take their SATs this spring, many will have an array of tools to help them with the exam. Flash cards, study guides and - cursive handwriting? For many, cursive handwriting is a thing of the past, an archaic method taught in the days before keyboards and touch screens. But some argue that writing longhand could help in placement exams. National core standards don't require cursive to be taught to students, but some states, including California, Alabama and Georgia, have included cursive handwriting in their state requirements in early elementary grades, something supporters say should be more widespread.
March 27, 2011 |
The news that some of this year's SATs included an essay question about the merits of reality television recently led to an Internet-encouraged exchange of intellectual huffing and puffing the likes of which we haven't seen since William F. Buckley took on Gore Vidal. The question was either prejudiced ? Smart kids can't be expected to know anything about reality TV! ? dangerous ? Are we encouraging the youth of America to watch junk? ? or simply pandering, proof that the SATs are dumbing down along with the rest of the culture.
August 16, 2013 |
With 20 minutes to go before making their high-stakes start-up pitches, the wannabe entrepreneurs were understandably nervous. In one corner of the room, Marc Pakravan and Robert Davis, who came up with the idea for an online shopping site for men's ties, were struggling to put on their own neckties. A few feet away, Jessica Chan-Ugalde looked exasperated as she chastised her partner for not knowing what a hashtag was. Meanwhile Neil Serebryany, whose start-up idea Transformo offers language translation through a headset device, was utterly unfazed as he surveyed the last-minute frenzy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 1999
Sigrid Bathen (Opinion, Oct. 17) omits the major plausible explanation for the importance of Advanced Placement courses. Because of high school grade inflation, the grade point average does not validly represent ability, as it previously did; hence colleges use AP courses and SATs as more valid measures of academic ability. The central problem is not the shortage of AP classes but poor graduation rates, low grades and SATs and failure to meet the qualifying course requirements for college admission.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 1991
Study after study has proven that the arts are not only important in themselves but that they improve students' abilities in other subject areas. According to a 1988 study, students taking four years of music, dance, drama or visual arts scored 34 points higher on verbal SATs and 18 points higher on the math SATs than those taking less than one year of arts instruction. Still many people, including policy-makers, continue to act as if arts education is a frill. It is not a coincidence that the decline in arts education programs in California mirrors the high school dropout rate and the plummeting SAT scores.