I’m glad that columnist Anne Michaud “exhaled with relief” when her daughter showed the same scores on the old SAT and the redesigned PSAT [“SAT enters the Common Core era,” Opinion, Jan. 14].
However, in my years as an English teacher, I’ve seen the test change many times. The antonyms were deleted, then analogies were scrapped, and now sentence completions are gone. But the bottom line remains the same: Kids who read often in various genres and for pleasure will do well on the SAT.
If anything, the Common Core, with its restrictions, inhibits teachers and students from reading widely and enjoying literature in the school curriculum.
Bill Toumey, Long Beach