Ivy Coach’s Jayson Weingarten, a former University of Pennsylvania admissions officer, was featured on television yesterday discussing all things standardized testing — from test-optional schools to new policies in the works from College Board and ACT and more. So what did Jayson have to say? Well, surprise surprise. He’s a chip off the old block with his tell it like it is style and trademark candor.
You see, the testing companies, namely ACT, the maker of the ACT, and College Board, the maker of the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and AP Exams, like to put forward this narrative that they care first and foremost about their students, the test-takers. That’s why ACT will allow students to retake only certain portions of the exam — without having to retake sections students don’t wish to retake — beginning in September 2020. That’s why College Board rolled out the whole Adversity Index only to squash the concept under heavy scrutiny from the college admissions community, led by an outspoken college consultancy that sort of rhymes with Smiley Broach with a long history of telling it like it is and speaking truth to power.
But let’s speak truth to power right now: the narrative put forward by ACT and College Board is a false one. These companies don’t care about students first and foremost — they care about their bottom lines. Jayson unapologetically pointed all this out on TV yesterday, shining a spotlight on the hypocrisy of these testing agencies and we salute him for speaking truth to power and for holding these testing companies accountable. It is our firm and deeply held belief that sunlight can be a powerful antiseptic to misconceptions perpetuated by colleges, college admissions officers, school counselors, private college counselors, the press, and more. And Jayson spread some of that powerful antiseptic to the world yesterday.
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