William Hiss, former dean of admissions at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, has completed a study of 123,000 students at 33 colleges and universities where ACT/SAT test scores were not a required part of the admissions process (pdf link). Hiss found that “… just 0.05 percent of a GPA point separated the students who submitted their [test] scores to admissions offices and those who did not. And college graduation rates for ‘nonsubmitters’ were just 0.6 percent lower than those students who submitted their test scores.” This is a fascinating article, and one to bear in mind if you’re working with college-bound juniors and seniors. Incidentally: “For both those students who submitted their test results to their colleges and those who did not, high school grades were the best predictor of a student’s success in college. And kids who had low or modest test scores, but good high school grades, did better in college than those with good scores but modest grades.”

Apraxia can be difficult to diagnose because of its widely varied symptomology that can mimic other disabilities. Bearing in mind that this is one person’s personal (and subjective) story about his child’s interaction with the local public elementary school, it serves as a reminder to all of us to consider and examine all possible causes of a child’s classroom difficulties before making judgments or taking actions that can have lifelong repercussions.