Letters: Apr. 2, 2001

Rethinking the SATs

"Instead of creative thinkers, we are producing anxious test takers. Teachers are teaching to the test, it's clear, and it's epidemic." PAUL NOVAK Asheville, N.C.

The move by the University Of California and other institutions to reduce the importance placed on the SATS is admirable [EDUCATION, March 12]. These schools realize that great students are not necessarily great test takers. Although the SATS are designed to measure verbal and math skills and indicate one's inherent ability, a number cannot truly define a person's intelligence. Innate ability undoubtedly plays a role in success, but hard work is just as...

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