Report the SAT, or not

In his letter to The New York Times, Bates vice president Bill Hiss ’66 responds to the story “The Other Side of ‘Test Optional'” by Lynn O’Shaughnessy. Hiss challenges the story’s premise that colleges have made SATs and other standardized tests optional for marketing, not educational reasons. At Bates, Hiss explains, research shows that “reliance on testing may disadvantage students who have proved themselves on many measures of merit. Here is a less cynical motive for optional testing: America must develop more opportunities for all talented students.” (View Text)