College Board CEO Calls Old SAT System for Determining Privilege ‘Wrong’

College Board CEO Calls Old SAT System for Determining Privilege ‘Wrong’

College Board announced that it is changing how they determine the privilege level of college applicants. How does this make you feel?

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The adversity score used to help disadvantaged students get into college is being replaced with a system that no longer lumps an applicant’s background into a single number.

The College Board, the company responsible for admissions exams, established the Environmental Context Dashboard two years ago to identify students with less social and economic advantages. A formula was created based on information about a student’s school and neighborhood. That formula produced a single score that colleges factored into their admission process.

The College Board’s chief executive now admits that was a mistake.

“The idea of a single score was wrong,” said College Board Chief Executive David Coleman to the Associated Press. “It was confusing and created the misperception that the indicators are specific to an individual student.”

Instead, the College Board will use a program known as “Landscape.” The program will provide information to admissions officers regarding a student’s region, median family income, neighborhood crime rates and education levels, size of student’s senior class and their participation in Advanced Placement high school courses, the Associated Press reports.

These changes come in the wake of the “Varsity Blues” scandal, which highlighted the ways wealthy and renowned parents cheated the admissions process to help their children get into colleges. This, coupled with the already numerous advantages students have in the admission process, spurred public scrutiny and placed pressure on the College Board to make a change.

These are not new concerns among parents. Today, more than 1,000 colleges make SAT and ACT scores optional in response to criticism that standardize tests are biased toward white students. A 2017 report showed that white students score an average of 177 points higher than Black students and 128 points higher than Hispanic students, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.


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College Board announced that it is changing how they determine the privilege level of college applicants. How does this make you feel?

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19% Y – Not happy
81% N – No big deal
Males
14% Y –Not happy
86% N – No big deal
Females
34% Y –Not happy
66% N – No big deal

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