Ok, so I just ripped that title off the College Board‘s site, but hopefully they won’t mind. In a press release, they announced that they would be adjusting their tests to align with the CCSS. Other standardized tests will be doing the same, though what will this mean for those who aren’t in the public education system?
If you’re a reader of The Foundry, you’re probably one of them radical conservatives who believe the U.S. Constitution actually works…wait, I’m one of those! Anyway, they posted up an article addressing these changes and poses the question as to whether this will affect the private schooled or homeschooled. According to the article, schools will likely have to align their content to fall in line with what’s covered on the SAT and ACT (being that their changing their tests according to the CCSS), even if their state isn’t signed on to the Common Core. This will likely affect private schools, as well as homeschoolers.
For homeschoolers, this has more of an impact on the parents than the students. Homeschoolers, as far as I know, aren’t required to follow the Common Core outline, but because standardized tests like the SAT will be modeled after these standards, it’s likely you will have to know it anyway. Though I do believe there is one way around this. For many community colleges, the only requirement to get admitted is to take a CPT (College Placement Test, but it also goes under a variety of other acronyms as well). Since the purpose of the Common Core is to academically prepare students for college, getting your 2-year degree should be more than enough to prepare you for the SAT. I mean, what prepares you better for the SAT than the very thing that standardized tests are designed to make sure you’re prepared for?
Of course, you still may want to purchase a Study Guide if you plan on taking the SAT, that way you can get yourself familiar with what’s on the test and know what to expect when you take it. The good thing here is that for the homeschooled at least, parents don’t have to stress over whether they’re going over the right material and students don’t have to worry about whether they’re prepared for the test or not.