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The home of “things said” by the National Association of Scholars.

NAS Embraces Classical Alternative to the PSAT

NAS

Classic Learning Initiatives has developed a new alternative to the PSAT, rolling out the Classic Learning Test 9 (CLT 9) and Classic Learning Test 10 (CLT 10).

Keep the SAT Essay

Madison Iszler

Perhaps the most unfortunate change to the new SAT is that the essay is now optional.

Outlaw Literacy

Peter Wood

Detroit's schools barely produce more educationally proficient students than they do juvenile delinquents.

PARCC Results Mean Nothing

Sandra Stotsky

NAS board member Sandra Stotsky explains how Common Core-based tests fail to produce intelligible results.

APUSH and Speaking in Educational Code

KC Johnson

Brooklyn College historian KC Johnson finds the new AP history standards heavy on skills, light on content.

Look What the College Board Has Done to U.S. History

Peter Wood

Peter Wood comments on the College Board's release of its new AP U.S. History curriculum.

The New AP History: A Preliminary Report

Peter Wood

In this preliminary report, NAS president Peter Wood analyzes in detail the new AP United States history course.

The SAT Upgrade Is a Big Mistake

Peter Wood

In an attempt to advance "social justice," the College Board has once again revised the SAT.

Time Out On Extra Test Time

Glenn Ricketts

A Dartmouth undergrad thinks his extra test time gave him an unfair advantage over high school classmates.

Ask a Scholar: Current Racial Score Gap Stats

Stephan Thernstrom

Is the data about racial achievement gaps in the book No Excuses still true today?

It’s Not the Test's Fault

Kate Hamilton

Should academe leave the SAT behind? Kate Hamilton examines the current state of the test-optional admissions movement.

Maybe the SAT Isn't So Bad After All

George Leef

In his recent book Uneducated Guesses, Howard Wainer finds that when schools go "test optional," the students who decide not to report their scores will be academically weaker ones. 

Global Warming Activist Teacher Takes Her Agenda to Truck Country

Kyle Olson

The left doesn't like teaching to standardized tests because it leaves no time for teaching activism.

Admissions Insanity

John C. Chalberg

Historian John C. Chalberg reviews Andrew Ferguson's Crazy U, and concludes that the title has some merit.

AP Tests Don't Always Benefit High School Students

Ashley Thorne

According to the San Jose Mercury News, having students take Advanced Placement tests when they aren't adequately prepared for them can cause them to miss the basics of high school education.

Potemkin Admissions: Law Professors Propose to Hide LSAT Data

George W. Dent

A movement is afoot to persuade law schools to withhold LSAT scores from U.S. News and World Report. The idea is to make it harder for the public to see how much the pursuit of racial preferences drags down the quality of admissions.

Race to the Bottom?

Candace de Russy

Education reformers have generally been giving President Obama’s K-12 agenda, with its touted openness to charter schools and teacher assessment based on student performance, the benefit of the doubt.

But now the Wall Street Journal informs us that the final regulations of the Administration’s $4.38 billion “Race to the Top” initiative

allow states to use “multiple measures,” including peer reviews, to evaluate instructors. This means states that prohibit student test data from being used to measure a teacher’s performance may be eligible for the federal funds, even though the President clearly said that they wouldn’t be.

    Nor are states any longer required to embrace charter schools to win a grant … states that prohibit charters can still receive Race to the Top dollars so long as they have other kinds of “innovative public schools.” That’s an invitation for states to game the criteria by relabeling a few traditional public schools as innovative.

Surprise! It looks like the Administration has caved to the teachers unions, which has fought precisely these eligibility requirements. Reformers should jump on this case at once. We can ill afford billions of dollars more in waste of taxpayers’ money and children’s minds.

Thursday Theatrics

Ashley Thorne

Inside: Fighting feminist falsehoods, Merit-al bliss, UT Austin quashes Western civ curriculum, Clinton and the climate, AP exam-graders and 'Kool-Aid," and a new AQ issue.

Tuesday Temptations

Ashley Thorne

Transparency, Stereotype threat and the SAT, Lottery admissions, and Immortal sustainability