State and district 2009 SAT scores are being released Tuesday.
There has been a fair amount of debate over whether SAT scores or class grades tell you more about a student’s ability to succeed in the first year of college. The standard line now is that both matter in predicting a student’s performance in college. However, there has been a stronger emphasis in recent years – at least in commentary from admissions folks – on grades and grade point average.
I think the SAT and the GPA can tell you slightly different things. If I needed critical analytical skills, strong writing ability and quick thinking, I would hire the person with the stratospheric SAT scores. Most of the people I have met with perfect SAT scores are dazzling thinkers and mentally nimble. I can see how they would be ideal hires in an advertising agency or think tank.
However, if I needed someone who was dedicated, hardworking and determined to see a project through to completion, I would go for the person with the stellar GPA. This is the person I could trust with setting high standards and doing what it took to achieve them. These are the folks I would want as project managers or team leaders.
Ideally, of course, I would want to hire someone with both top scores and grades.
I would love to know what teachers have observed in their students.
Expect a lot of discussion later Tuesday as the SAT scores roll out.