Is abandoning the essay portion of the SAT yet another indication of dumbing down when it comes to students and what’s expected of them? Is this the latest move to help kids feel better about themselves and making college acceptance less challenging? It would certainly seem so given that “the mean score for the relatively new SAT writing test scores hit its lowest point in 2014. In the eight years since the test was first administered in 2006, the score has declined ten points.”

Keep in mind that countless colleges and universities no longer even require either the SAT or ACT, once a rite of passage and major determiner of acceptance or rejection.

And so it goes. For the lowdown on the SAT essay status, click here for Dian Schaffhause’s article.