ETS and the “Big Test” – The SAT, Past, Present, and Future
Betty Ford: Education, Arts, Letters and Ideas
Skill: High School/College
Time Required: One week
In 1948, the same year that Gerald and Betty Ford were married, the Educational Testing Service came into existence and began to promote the SAT as a means of separating the wheat from the chaff in college admissions, especially in elite colleges and universities in the east. ETS has since become the world’s largest private testing and measurement organization, with a budget of $900 million.
1. Depending upon the age of the students, begin the lesson by asking if they know about the SAT, or have taken it, or have taken the PSAT. Spend a little time discussing their experiences. 2. Then, using the websites (and book, if available) listed below, have students research the history and current status of the Educational Testing Service and the SAT. 3. Each student will be writing a research paper on their findings. Attention in the paper must be given to the following:
4. Grading of the papers can follow accepted practice and/or be aligned with current state standards.