by Zara Kornfeld
America’s tool for measuring college readiness is failing us, and Nyack is not immune.
For those who need a reminder, the SAT consists of four parts: reading, writing, math (with and without a calculator), and the essay. The ACT adds on a science comprehension section, and its math section allows the student to use a calculator for its entirety. However, both tests have one thing in common: both claim to gauge college readiness. ACT inc reports that over 60% of people who took the ACT in 2016 reached the college benchmark. So then why do 60% of those students, upon attending college, get placed in remedial classes despite how they placed on their standardized test? There is obviously a missing link between what the standardized tests are testing for and actual college readiness. What’s wrong with these tests is that they can’t seem to accurately predict the one thing which they are put in place to measure.