The view in the US that standardised tests are used for the benefit of elites has it precisely backwards. Passing high & objective academic thresholds is often the ONLY way people from disadvantaged backgrounds get to transcend their environments
Why Elites Dislike Standardized Testing - They disadvantage the rich and stupid. via
"When millionaires & celebrities attack the [tests], they pretend to do so on behalf of the disadvantaged, but they really want to destroy the SAT because it is the only mechanism by which your kid can get into an elite college ahead of their kid"
Zoe Kazan seems to have misunderstood the mechanisms that gave her a big leg up in college admissions, and may have made an inadvertent argument in favor of the SAT
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"Opponents of tests like to argue that tests primarily measure socioeconomic status... [But] if rich people could just spend their way to high test scores, they wouldn’t be spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to bribe their way into elite schools."
Rich, privileged families have special reason to loathe standardized testing. But they're quite good at dressing up their resentments as progressive
You know, genetic tests and brain scans of intelligence would reduce the social privilege effects in form of prep schools/tutors, and should be welcomed by economic right-wing meritocrats and left-wingers alike. #geneticdiscrimination4justice
Millionaires & celebrities "want to destroy the SAT because it is the only mechanism by which your kid can get into an elite college ahead of their kid."
"Under pressure from both the academic left and wealthy parents, hundreds of colleges have become 'test optional,' allowing students to submit applications without test scores."
"Without some semblance of competitive admissions based on objective criteria like standardized test scores, a college like Yale becomes an exclusive nightclub and the admissions committee is just a bouncer."
"There’s not a clear causal relationship between income and test scores, and there’s no evidence that expensive test prep gets better results than cheap or free alternatives."
Why Elites Dislike Standardized Testing - Quillette