High-school students have long wanted the option of taking the SAT in the summer. That's when many of the tutoring programs for the high-stakes college test are given, so the information would be fresh in the students' minds. The timing also would allow them to study for the test when they have more leisure, rather than during the academic year.
Now, finally, this August, the College Board will offer a summer administration of the test -- but only at a $4,500 program being held on the campus of Amherst College in Massachusetts, giving some 50 students who are already heavily advantaged an additional leg up. This was a terrible decision by the College Board, owner of the SAT.
Strange to say, the College Board has long tried to warn families away from expensive, short-term test-prep programs, saying they don't make a very big difference in students' scores. Then, for its first summer sitting for the SAT, it aligned itself with an extraordinarily expensive, short-term SAT-prep program, implicitly signaling its approval for exactly such programs.
FROM AN EDITORIAL IN THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
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