Report: School achievement should play larger role in college admissions

09/22/2008 | International Herald Tribune

U.S. colleges should shift away from their reliance on using ACT and SAT scores as the bar for college acceptance and toward admissions exams that better correspond with high school coursework and achievement, says a National Association for College Admission Counseling commission after a yearlong study spearheaded by William R. Fitzsimmons, Harvard's dean of admissions and financial aid. "It would be much better for the country," he said, "to have students focusing on high school courses that, based on evidence, will prepare them well for college and also prepare them well for the real world beyond college, instead of their spending enormous amounts of time trying to game the SAT."

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