Why the SAT is so controversial

When the subject is higher education, few issues are more controversial than the SAT (“MIT Leads the Way in Reinstating the SAT,” The Wall Street Journal, Apr. 5). By choosing to maintain its high standards, MIT became the first prominent school to reinstate the requirement that applicants submit SAT or ACT scores.

In the final analysis, the reason that the SAT provokes so much heat is that it can be used by opposing ideologues to support their particular agendas.  Those who believe in differentiation in higher education applaud it, while those who believe in democratization vilify it. So in a sense the SAT is a proxy for both sides. I see no end to the debate.

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