Is Time Up on Standardized Tests for College Admissions?
Wayne D'Orio, Education Dive
The University of Chicago made headlines last June when it announced plans to go test-optional as a way to encourage more first-generation and low-income students to apply. A year later, the school declared the shift a success, along with a range of other changes designed to increase access. It admitted its most diverse freshman class to date, with more low-income, first-generation, veteran, and rural students coming to its 217-acre campus.
More than 30 schools have since followed the University of Chicago's lead, pushing the number of test-optional four-year institutions across the country to more than 1,000.