AP (Advanced Placement)
cboake at utk.edu
Mon Dec 1 13:51:27 EST 1997
In article <bmartin-0112970903480001 at bmartin.utmem.edu>,
bmartin at utmem1.utmem.edu wrote:
> In article <34819804.60D7 at nospamsalk.edu>, forsburg at nospamsalk.edu wrote:
> > What's scary is that basic principles haven't sunk in
> > in many undergraduates I see (I don't teach undergrads, but again,
> > they want to get lab experience)--maybe because of premature AP?
> > And what's absolutely terrifying is that some of these bright
> > undergrads can't figure out powers of ten or scientific
> > notation WITHOUT A CALCULATOR.
> A contributing factor to this problem are standardized exams, even such as
> the PSAT and SAT. Too many high schools teach to the exam, not the
> material. The PSAT is used for the first step toward awarding Merit
> Scholarships which schools use as a selling point.
> B. Martin
> Aside: This problem will get worse if Clinton's plan for a national
> standardized exam is successful.
This perspective is interesting. Could you please provide citations of
data papers that evaluate the effect of PSAT and SAT on education?
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