As the school year comes to a close many of us are faced with sending high school graduates off into the wide world. The young people in whom we have invested so much time and energy will soon be on their own, more or less. Most of these young people will head off to college. Still others are in the midst of college searches and SATs and planning for the future. In both cases, the process can seem never-ending, like filling out paperwork for an insurance company or paying taxes. And, in the end, who knows if the right decision was made. Did these students choose the right college?
The SAT, the test dreaded by many high school students as the three most significant hours of their lives, will change again in the spring of 2016. The essay adopted in 2006 will now be made optional, while College Board president David Coleman told NPR that these other new changes will assess students on “the learning [they] do over years each day,” rather than test-taking strategies that do not demonstrate viable intellectual abilities.