FairTest: New SAT “Adversity Score” Concedes Exam’s Fundamental Flaws

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for immediate release Thursday, May 16, 2019

NEW SAT “ADVERSITY SCORE” CONCEDES EXAM’S FUNDAMENTAL FLAWS;

TEST-MAKER ADMITS RESULTS ARE NOT “A COMMON YARDSTICK”

AND IMPEDE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY;

1,025+ COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES NOW DO NOT REQUIRE SAT OR ACT SCORES

 

“Promotion of ‘adversity scores’ is the latest attempt by the College Board to defend the SAT against increasingly well-documented critiques of the negative consequences of relying on admissions test results,”according to Robert Schaeffer, Public Education Director of the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest).

Schaeffer continued, “Test-makers long claimed that their products were a ‘common yardstick’ for comparing applicants from a wide range of schools. This latest initiative concedes that the SAT is really a measure of ‘accumulated advantage’ which should not be used without an understanding of a student’s community and family background.”

He concluded, “In fact schools do not need the SAT or ACT – with or without ‘adversity scores’ – to make high-quality, admissions decisions that promote equity and excellence.” More than 1,025 accredited, bachelor-degree institutions now will evaluate all or many applicants without regard to test scores. The test-optional list includes more than half of all “Top 100” liberal arts colleges and a total of 335 schools ranked in the top tiers of their categories by U.S. News & World Report.

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2018 COLLEGE-BOUND SENIORS SCORES ON “REDESIGNED” SAT                               

(2,136,539 Test-Takers in Graduating Class)

     READING/
  WRITING
   MATH     TOTAL
             
ALL TEST-TAKERS   536               531   1068*
                
Female   539                  522   1061
Male   534    542   1076
             
Amer. Indian or Alaskan Native   480    469     949
Asian, Asian Amer. or Pacific Islander   588   635   1223
Black or African American   483   463     946
Hispanic, Latino or Latin American   501    489     990
Two or more races   558    543   1101
White   566    557   1123
             
* scores do not add precisely due to College Board rounding

Calculated by FairTest from: College Board, 2018 SAT Suite of Assessments Annual Report: Total Group

 

2018 COLLEGE-BOUND SENIORS SAT SCORES BY PARENTAL EDUCATION

 
   

READING/
WRITING

  MATH   TOTAL
             
No High School Diploma                           473   471     944
High School Diploma   507    497   1005*
Associate Degree    526   513   1039
Bachelor’s Degree     566   563   1129
Graduate Degree       599   598   1197
             
* scores do not add precisely due to College Board rounding

Calculated by FairTest from: College Board, 2018 SAT Suite of Assessments Annual Report: Total Group

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