Q&A With FairTest's Public Education Director

Thursday, August 02, 2007

originally published on

FairTest's Reaction to the Release of the 2007 SAT Scores

for further information:
Bob Schaeffer (239) 395-6773
Cell (239) 699-0468
for release with annual SAT scores
Tuesday, August 28, 2007

The SAT: Questions and Answers (PDF)

GMAT - Padlock on MBA Admissions Gates (PDF)

Questions for Test Proponents About "New" University Admissions Exams

WHAT IS THE EVIDENCE THAT A NEW OR REVISED EXAM WILL PREDICT COLLEGE GRADES MORE ACCURATELY THAN CURRENT TESTS DO? The manufacturers of both the SAT and ACT admit that a student's high school grades provide better forecasts of undergraduate performance than their tests do. How will changing the format or contents of an entrance exam improve its "predictive validity"? Can test proponents provide independent data to back up their claims?


Letter to UC Regents, 2002

May 9, 2002


Governor Gray Davis
State Capitol
Governor's Office
Sacramento, CA 95814


Dear Governor Gray Davis:

On Wednesday, May 15, 2002 the University of California Board of Regents is scheduled to be briefed about possible "new" admissions tests by the College Board, ACT, and the Board on Academic Relations with Schools.

Examiner Articles Highlighting SAT/ACT Alternatives

The following are FairTest Examiner articles highlighting the experiences of institutions nationwide that have eliminated or de-emphasized college admissions tests. A list of all Examiner articles from Spring 1995-current is also available.

Summer 2002
Texas Report Shows “Test-Optional” Admission Works

MA Koplik Scholarship

Massachusetts is one state that bases receipt of a "merit-based" scholarship on standardized test scores. According to the Massachusetts Department of Education, the Stanley Z. Koplik Certificate of Mastery is part of the Education Reform Law of 1993, designed to reward students who "demonstrate high academic achievement." This "achievement" is measured through a combination of state assessment (MCAS) results and AP/SAT II scores.

Summary Analysis of the Michigan Merit Scholarship Program


Donald E. Heller
Assistant Professor of Education
University of Michigan

In the spring of 1999, approximately 124,000 high school students throughout Michigan took the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) High School Tests (HST). The tests were given in four subject areas: mathematics, reading, science, and writing. Students are not required to take the tests.

Letter to Jeb Bush

Governor Jeb Bush
Office of the Governor
The Capitol
Tallahassee, FL 32399

December 5, 2001

Dear Governor Jeb Bush

The National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest) recently uncovered troubling data regarding Florida's Bright Futures scholarship program. Proportionately few African American and Latino high school graduates received a Bright Futures scholarship for the 1999-2000 school year as compared with their White and Asian American peers.

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