A Is for Admission: The Insider's Guide to Getting into the by Michele A. Hernández

By Michele A. Hernández

A former admissions officer at Dartmouth university unearths how the world's so much hugely selective faculties rather make their judgements.

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P. ” (p. ” (p. ” (p. ” (p. ” (p. ” (p. 28) ACTIONS EDUCATORS MIGHT CONSIDER The summaries of current practice and proposed actions laid out in Every Child Mathematically Proficient can be a starting point from which to initiate discussions of change and improvement of mathematics programs. To consider how to begin the process and to ensure that all students leave school mathematically proficient, educators and policy makers might do the following: • Analyze their existing mathematics program in light of the recommendations in Every Child Mathematically Proficient.

The logic seems clear: Unless we test students' knowledge, how will we know if they have met the standards? And the idea of accountability, which is also central to this theory of school reform, requires that the test results have direct and immediate consequences: A student who does not meet the standard should not be promoted, or awarded a high school diploma. This report is about the appropriate use of tests in making such high-stakes decisions about individual students, (p. 13) High Stakes considers what constitutes appropriate use of tests in making teaching, promotion, and graduation decisions affecting individual students and emphasizes three criteria for judging the appropriateness of a particular test (p.

Is there evidence that the constructs to be measured are relevant in making a decision? Does the test measure those constructs? Is it confounded with other constructs that are not relevant to the decision? Is the test reliable and accurate? • Attribution of cause. Does a student's performance on a test reflect knowledge and skills based on appropriate instruction, or is it attributable to poor instruction? Or is it attributable to factors such as language barriers or disabilities that are irrelevant to the construct being measured?

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