Changes in the SATs Include “Evidence-Based” Thinking

Posted by The Evidence Blog on March 14, 2014

The term “evidence based” is appearing in popular media in fields other than medicine. On March 5, 2014, the President of the College Board, which administers the SATs, announced extensive changes to be made to the test, citing in a New York Times article that the test has become “disconnected from the work of our high schools.” Starting in spring 2016, the newly redesigned SATs will include an Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section, in which students will be asked to demonstrate their ability to interpret, synthesize, and use evidence found in a wide range of sources such as passages excerpted from literature and literary nonfiction, and texts in the humanities, science, history, and social studies. For every passage students read, there will be at least one question asking them to select a quote from the text that best supports the answer they have chosen in response to the preceding question. (

As pioneers in the practice of evidence-based assessment of health technologies, Hayes has worked hard over the last 25 years to educate doctors, nurses, and other health practitioners that “evidence-based thinking” improves both the quality and the cost-effectiveness of healthcare delivery. It is nice to know that progress has been made—after all, if the next generation of college goers are honing their evidence-based thinking skills on the SATs, applying it in whatever field they choose to work in won’t be far behind—which means better outcomes for everyone.

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