By Robert J. Sternberg
SATs, ACTs, GPAs. we all know that those rankings can’t inform a faculty every little thing that’s very important approximately an applicant. yet what else should still admissions officials search for, and the way can they realize it once they see it? In College Admissions for the twenty first Century a number one researcher on intelligence and creativity bargains a daring and useful method of university admissions checking out.
Standardized assessments are measures of reminiscence and analytical talents. however the ever-changing international society past a faculty campus wishes greater than simply these features, argues Robert Sternberg. Tomorrow’s leaders and electorate additionally want creativity, practicality, and wisdom.
How can the opportunity of these complicated traits be measured? One resolution is “Kaleidoscope,” a brand new initiative in undergraduate admissions, first used at Tufts collage. Its open-ended questions for candidates, and the capacity used to attain the solutions, supplies candidates and admissions officials the opportunity to head past standardized checks.
Does it paintings? As Sternberg describes intimately, Kaleidoscope measures expected first-year educational luck, over and above SATs and highschool GPAs, and envisioned first-year extracurricular actions, management, and energetic citizenship besides. and each yr that Kaleidoscope measures have been used, the coming into class’s regular SATs and highschool GPAs went up too.
What labored at Tufts can paintings somewhere else. New types of exams, like Kaleidoscope, can unlock many schools and scholars from the narrowness of standardized assessments and encourage new techniques to educating for brand spanking new different types of gifted, encouraged voters of the world.
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