A Portfolio Approach to
In my view, there is little need and little advantage to be gained by continuing to require the Scholastic Aptitude Test (I have fewer reservations about the achievement tests). Most colleges are not selective enough to warrant such an instrument, and those that are have sufficient additional sources of information about their candidates.The SAT taps only two intelligences and does so in a relatively narrow way. (One can be a significant scientist or writer without possessing the skills to excel on an SAT.) Teaching for (or to) the SAT wastes much valuable time.I would like to see leading colleges follow the example of Bates College and Franklin and Marshall College: they should dispense with the requirement of the Scholastic Aptitude Test and its counterpart instruments.
What would I urge in place of the SAT? Consistent with my earlier remarks, I would like to see schools look for evidences of several intelligences and do so by collecting information (from the student himself and from others) about the kinds of large-scale projects in which the student has been involved and the kinds of products that were executed.Admissions committees ought to include individuals competent to judge the exercise of less scholastic intelligences and combinations of intelligences.
Collections of projects, in the guise of portfolios, would constitute a revealing part of every student's dossier. I would wager that records