Tag: Tests and Examinations

Trilobites: ‘Battle of the Thermostat’: Cold Rooms May Hurt Women’s Productivity

It is a truth universally acknowledged — or at least, much discussed on social media — that a woman who works in an office is in want of a sweater. Office air conditioning is often set at a temperature that women find chilly; the resulting water-cooler debate has been called the “battle of the thermostat.” […]

Read More

SAT Adversity Index: A Drive Toward Diversity Without Discussing Race

The decision to give students who take the SAT test a numerical rating that reflects the challenges they have overcome in life is the most telling sign yet that universities across the country are searching for ways to diversify their classes without considering race or ethnicity. The so-called adversity rating gives admissions officials a way […]

Read More

The SAT’s Bogus ‘Adversity Score’

Between my freshman and senior years of high school in the late ’90s, my father spent his evenings, weekends and vacations drilling my best friend and me for our SATs. My father was born black in the 1930s in the segregated South and became the first member of his family to go to college, let […]

Read More

SAT Will Add ‘Adversity Score’ That Takes Students’ Hardships Into Account

The College Board, the company that administers the SAT exam taken by about two million students a year, will for the first time assess students not just on their math and verbal skills, but also on their educational and socioeconomic backgrounds, entering a fraught battle over the fairness of high-stakes testing. The company announced on […]

Read More

SAT to Add ‘Adversity Score’ That Rates Students’ Hardships

The SAT, the college entrance test taken by about two millions students a year, is adding an “adversity score” to the test results that is intended to help admissions officers account for factors like educational or socioeconomic disadvantage that may depress students’ scores, the College Board, the company that administers the test, said Thursday. Colleges […]

Read More

Big Money Enters Debate Over Race and Admissions at Stuyvesant

Ronald S. Lauder, the billionaire cosmetics heir, and Richard D. Parsons, the former chairman of Citigroup, have for decades had their hands in New York City affairs. Mr. Lauder ran a failed bid for mayor and successfully led a campaign for term limits for local elected officials. Mr. Parsons has been a prominent adviser to […]

Read More

As Test Expert in Admissions Scandal Pleads Guilty, Exam Companies Move to Fix Weaknesses

The testing expert, Mark Riddell, traveled across the country to take ACT and SAT exams for the children of the rich and famous, federal prosecutors said. He was so good at them that he could calibrate a test score on demand, earning more than $200,000 doing it. One mother was so thrilled with Mr. Riddell’s […]

Read More

Standardized Test Companies Scramble to Fix Weaknesses After College Admissions Scandal

The test whiz, Mark Riddell, would travel across the country to take ACT and SAT college entrance exams for the children of the rich and famous, federal prosecutors say. He was so good at them that he could calibrate a test score on demand. Mr. Riddell, 36, was a key player in the college admissions […]

Read More

A Few More Black Students Are Offered Spots at Stuyvesant, Fanning Fresh Uproar

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The news last month that only seven black students were offered seats at Stuyvesant High School, New York City’s most selective public high school, incited a national uproar about merit, race and class in education. This week, officials said […]

Read More

Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin Face Court as College Admissions Scandal Rewrites Lives

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — They have been placed on leave or lost their jobs, had book contracts canceled and television shows scrapped. They must seek permission to leave the country, and for now, it seems, international vacations are out. Even before the 33 parents charged in the sweeping college admissions fraud investigation have their cases heard […]

Read More

Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin Face Court as College Scandal Rewrites Parents’ Lives

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — They have been placed on leave or lost their jobs, had book contracts canceled and television shows scrapped. They must seek permission to leave the country, and for now, it seems, international vacations are out. Even before the 33 parents charged in the sweeping college admissions fraud investigation have their cases heard […]

Read More

New York’s Best Schools Need to Do Better

A walkway at Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan. By Gabriella Angotti-Jones The news that just seven black students were offered admission to Stuyvesant High School, the most celebrated public school in New York City, is an embarrassment. It should also be a call to action for state lawmakers, who hold the power to change an […]

Read More

12 People, Including 6 Coaches, Plead Not Guilty in College Admissions Scandal

A tennis coach with a country club membership and a second home on Cape Cod. An assistant teacher at a Houston public high school. A college administrator whose reputation as a stickler for the rules belied what prosecutors say was a penchant for secretly taking bribes to facilitate students’ admission. All together, a dozen people, […]

Read More

Stuyvesant Has 29 Black Students Out of 3,300. How Do They Feel?

Sarai Pridgen had just gotten home from debate practice on Monday evening when she opened her laptop to find her Facebook feed flooded with stories about a staggering statistic: only seven black students had been admitted into Stuyvesant High School, out of 895 spots. The number was causing a wrenching citywide discussion about race and […]

Read More

Only 7 Black Students Got Into N.Y.’s Most Selective High School, Out of 895 Spots

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Only a tiny number of black students were offered admission to the highly selective public high schools in New York City on Monday, raising the pressure on officials to confront the decades-old challenge of integrating New York’s elite public […]

Read More

How to Find Trustworthy College Admissions Advice

The uneven playing field for college admissions was exposed last week when the Justice Department charged that wealthy parents had paid astronomical sums in the college bribery case to assure their children’s spots at top colleges. As news reports in the wake of the case made clear, there are also many legal ways to influence […]

Read More

‘Pied Piper’ of College Admissions Scam Had All the Answers

He was part coach, part therapist, part motivational speaker and part name dropper. Like a traveling salesman, he sought out clients near and far, selling dreams of prosperous futures. In central Illinois, William Singer made a passionate pitch to local business executives who came by invitation to a hotel meeting room. In Sacramento, he addressed […]

Read More

College Cheating Scandal Shows a Standardized Test Isn’t Always a Fair One

For parents desperate to boost their children’s SAT or ACT scores, the test preparation company Student-Tutor offered an enticing solution: claim a learning disability and qualify for extra time. “This time advantage can help raise their scores significantly!” the website blared. “Some students have even reported raising their score by as much as 350+ points!” […]

Read More

‘What Does It Take?’: Admissions Scandal Is a Harsh Lesson in Racial Disparities

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — They studied into the wee hours and agonized line by line over their personal essays. They took standardized tests three, four, five times to increase their scores. And last fall, after years of preparation and anxiety, the students at Ewing Marion Kauffman School, a predominantly black school in Kansas City, submitted […]

Read More