Originally Posted by HowlerKarma
The Ivy League is broken and only standardized tests can fix it.

... because that has done such a BANG-UP job of fixing k through 12, after all.

Oh, wait. eek
Well that's a fairly obvious comeback, but seriously, the problem in with standardized tests in K-12, is how they are used, such as to measure the percentage of students in a school above a low floor. In the current paradigm these tests are seen as measuring schools, not individuals.

If tests were used in K-12 to measure individual ability, and group students accordingly, then that would be a huge boost to K-12 education.

Presumably Pinker is endorsing the use of academic tests (with high ceilings, so not SAT/ACT) to distinguish individuals at the highest levels.