Record number of colleges drop SAT/ACT admissions requirements amid growing disenchantment with standardized tests

It may not quite have reached a tipping point, but the admissions world is clearly grappling with the use of standardized tests in admissions.Research has consistently shown that ACT and SAT scores are strongly linked to family income, mother’s education level and race. The College Board and ACT Inc., which owns the ACT, say their tests are predictive of college success, but (as with many education issues) there is also research showing otherwise.The National Center for Fair and Open Testing, a nonprofit known as FairTest, just analyzed SAT scores for the high school class of 2019. It reported that the gaps between demographic groups grew larger from a year earlier, with the average scores of students from historically disenfranchised groups falling further behind students from more privileged families.

Source: The Washington Post, more at PBS News Hour

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