Saturday, November 06, 2010

Teenager runs study of SAT essay grading practices

Milo Beckman, a 14 year old student at Stuyvesant High School in New York City, put together a “science project”: a study of the correlations on grades given to essays (“free response”) on SAT exams, and the length of the essays. He found a correlation that he thought was unhealthful. He thought his second essay, though longer, was not as good as his first but it got a higher mark.

The same is likely true of AP tests, which have free response questions, although that would not be as likely with math or physics problems. For those, AP teachers travel to centers to grade responses for a week (Erica Jacobs has written about this in the Washington Examiner).

Milo’s study appeared also on ABC’s Good Morning America, and he showed almost unbelievable poise and articulation for someone the age of a high school freshman.

The Huffington Post story is here.

ABC ran the statement from the ETS College Board. (Yup, in 1971 I had a job application with ETS, near Princeton, NJ).

I'd love to see Michelle Rhee's reaction to this story.

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