Saturday, January 15, 2005

And you thought Shakespeare could write...

Awesome article from WaPo about the new writing section of the SAT. If the article is any indication, there's going to be a lot of controversy over the scoring.

Money quote from Michael Dobbs' article:

The big question is whether scorers trained to speed-read hundreds of essays will recognize exceptional writing when it comes across their computer screens. A mock scoring session conducted by the Princeton Review, a company that prepares students for the SAT and other high-stakes admissions tests, suggested that outstanding writers such as William Shakespeare would do poorly on the test because they would refuse to write according to the formula.

"Shakespeare would have done just fine on one of these tests," counters Vickers, without promising a 6 for the Bard.


No six for Shakespeare-- think he'll get into Harvard?

2 Comments:

Blogger EdWonk said...

Linked with the latest Extra Credit: Great Reading From Around The Education Mini-Sphere

Extra Credit: Great Reading

10:33 PM  
Blogger EdWonk said...

Oops! It is here: http://educationwonk.blogspot.com/2005/01/extra-credit-assignment-great-reading.html

10:34 PM  

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