Don’t Call Them Test Companies: How the College Board and ACT Have Shifted Focus
Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge
The College Board, which runs the SAT, is changing. In recent months, leaders there have been making a surprising argument—that colleges and parents should stop taking the scores of its signature test so seriously. At the very least, SAT scores should be considered as just one factor among many in judging whether a student is ready for college or a fit for a highly-selective campus.
In this new era, the College Board is testing a controversial new metric that has been labeled as an “adversity score.” The group calls the new tool the Environmental Context Dashboard, and its goal is to help college admissions officials put an applicant’s SAT score in perspective by showing whether the students come from a place of hardship or relative advantage.