Editor's Note: SATs remained the hot topic for Tuesday’s "American Morning" viewers, who did not anticipate such testing to end. Others did not believe testing was an indicator of future success.
- Joshua: I have been a full-time SAT professional for 10 years, having spent years with a cooperate company and years as a high-end Los Angeles tutor. I am thankful that CNN is taking a serious look at the test; however, there was a fair amount of misinformation and error by omission in today's broadcast. First of all, the ACT is poised to overtake the SAT nationally in number of test takers this year. The differences go WELL beyond region, and students should know that every 4-year school in America accepts either test. And while I see the commercial appeal of shedding light on the seedy underbelly of the test prep world, cuts in high school budgets, which often have devastating impacts on college counseling offices, are leaving students SERIOUSLY unprepared for the testing process, which, while hardly perfect, is not going anywhere anytime soon... and telling students that 800 schools are SAT optional is, sadly but truly, misleading. I'm looking forward to the rest of your story... I am a loyal CNN watcher and would be happy to share the high-end tutor prospective with my favorite news network. Thanks again.
- Stephanie: Why does our media focus only on the higher education process in the USA? We are loosing an international battle over the education of our young and future leaders. Over seas children are subjected to more intense tests in preparation for higher education and spend more per capita on studying for tests than we do in the USA. Why are we looking to soften our countries standards and weaken our children, by making testing organizations out as enemies and suggesting to adults and children that stress and hard work studying are not virtues we as americans treasure?
How do you feel about ending SATs as a measure for entrance into a university or college? Is there a better indicator for success? What do you think: considering the College Board (the organization that develops the test) is a non-profit organization, are senior executives earning salaries appropriate or excessive?