The Shady Side of Test Optional

February 3, 2012, by

Amidst all the hullabaloo about the recent SAT score inflation scandal at Claremont McKenna (here’s a Bloomberg article on the subject), a central point may be getting drowned out: Many colleges are out to game the rankings system, in one way or the other.  Some do it in ways that are legitimate, while others do it… Read more »



American Girls Sweep Prizes in Google Global Science Fair

July 21, 2011, by

Close your eyes and take a moment to visualize a scientist working in a lab.  Chances are that you see a middle-aged white man wearing a lab coat and thick glasses.  One problem for me is that these socially entrenched beliefs have such a pernicious effect upon girls’ self belief and test performance.  So many of… Read more »


Pressure to Succeed

May 25, 2011, by

The Wall Street Journal recently published an article about college entrance exams in South Korea. Students are both helped by others – including unlikely individuals like police officers – and pressured to succeed in ways that are very different from here in the United States. The all-day test they take certainly helps us put our… Read more »