I honestly did not read the 18 pages of complaining that followed this post. I am not saying that I agree with the Napa Valley School's use of ATI, but it is not as bad as it seems. These students had to score in the 50 percentile to graduate. This does not mean that the student has to score a higher score than half of the people that take the test. In statistics (which is what tests such as ATI use) percentiles are complex math problems. Being in the 50 percentile means that scored what most students did. Percentiles are based on a bell curve. Lets say that 100 students took a test. In percentiles, and based on a bell curve, we could approximate 5 students scoring in the top and bottom percentiles, 90% and 10%. These are not scores, remind you, but percentiles. A score of 50% would likely be in the 10 percentile on an average test. 8 students would both be in the 20 and 80 percentile. 10 students in both the 30 and 70 percentiles. 12 students in both the 40 and 60 percentiles. This leaves 30 students in the 50 percentile.
This is an oversimplification of the way percentiles are used. Personally, I had to take the ATI tests and they were not that hard. The NCLEX was more challenging. I personally think that it is a bad move to use a standardized test to qualify for graduation, but it is not as bad as this post makes it seem.
I, however, am certain that this school took up this policy to boost the success rate on licensure for nurses. This is not a good idea, in that is would potentially stop a few good people from actually becoming nurses.
In the school's defense, i must say that since only two people in the class did not score in or above the 50 percentile. they are doing something right.