Hmmm, I know that this entry is far from what I usually write about but last summer I expressed my thoughts on the possibility of Ebonics being presented on standardized tests, and I’d like to bring this up again. I don’t think that this would EVER happen, but I’m discovering that more and more people feel like that should happen.
Firstly, the Scholastic Aptitude Test and the American College Test are intended to determine a student’s readiness for college and allow colleges to determine how applicants would perform academically at their respective institutions. The writing, the reading, and mathematics portions of both tests are a reflection of the level of course work that a student will be required to study in college. It doesn’t matter if they’re general education courses or remedial courses.
If a student cannot understand or refuses to use “Standard English”, for what ever the reason, how will they be able to succeed academically at any post-secondary institution? That includes the 2-year community colleges who may not require standardized tests. The course material that you learn in college is more difficult than any course offered at high schools. A college is not going to alter an entire course to cater to students when it’d be easier to heighten their admission requirements or not accept that form of testing all together.
For those young hopefuls who aspire to attend college but suffer from the lack of speaking standard English, receiving another form of standardized tests will not be in their favor. In comparison to the tests that are offered right now, modified tests would not allow a student, school, or guidance counselor to identify a student’s weakness in order to them in time for college.
Although I’ve only heard of the option of having the math word problems changed to Ebonics, it does not make sense. If a student cannot read and understand a math problem that focuses more on the numbers than sophisticated words, then how is he or she able to perform on the other sections successfully?
This is solely my opinion but in the real world, I don’t think that many employers will hire someone who cannot communicate effectively.