TORONTO -- David Coleman, president of the College Board, was fairly general here Thursday in describing the changes coming to the SAT.
His theme was that the new SAT would be more closely tied to high school and college curriculums and less coachable than is the current version.
Coleman responded that "I'm not interested in a Coke/Pepsi kind of debate here." And he asserted that what he was talking about was a new kind of test, one that would promote educational values.
Another question -- from someone who used to work in admissions at an elite university -- highlighted how challenging that may be.
One high school counselor said that she tries to plan her school's academic calendar to avoid scheduling conflicts with various College Board tests and deadlines, and that she tries to brief parents on when not to schedule vacations and so forth.
To applause, this counselor said "your timing is poor....
"I challenge anyone in the room: Have you ever sat down for professional purposes to write about a question you have never seen before, in which the accuracy of what you write is totally and utterly meaningless?
" Coleman's response to Reider was that "you've got a real point.
You are the last company in the world to provide the test dates for the next year.
We as counselors do not get enough information." Coleman's response was to pledge to improve.