>>I think that measuring human behavior is not impossible, but extremely difficult. I think The SAT, like the IQ test, says a lot more about large groups, then it does about the individual.>>
At this point, in many places in this country, arguing about the efficacy of standardized tests is a silly enterprise. It is so completely ludicrous to question these tests when the presense of them might tackle a REAL problem.
In the inner city, lack of student motivation is profound and deep. On any day 1/6 of our student body is absent. Getting them to do homework is a task difficult beyond belief. At Open House 10% of the parents show. Student motivation (perhaps THE most important component for educational success) is almost totally lacking in a very large minority of our students.
We need real tests to help us motivate our kids. You don't pass; you aren't promoted!! It's very simple. The only people seemingly incapable of understanding are the reforming educrats.
When is somebody going to come and help us? It gets terribly frustrating at times, particularly when you read the nonsense known as the NCTM "Standards". Standards my %^&*((.