N.Y. Truth-in-Testing Requirements Extended

University Testing

New York Governor George Pataki has signed into law legislation extending the life of a key portion of the state's landmark "Truth-in-Testing" statute. The provision requires each public college which use test scores in its admissions processes to conduct regular studies analyzing the "degree to which such scores and high school grades, class rank or other factors considered in making undergraduate admissions decisions relate to academic performance of the students it admitted."


Under the New York law, predictive validity studies must be completed at least once every four years. Results are filed with the state Commissioner of Education and become public documents. The requirement for periodic review of test score use is consistent with guidelines distributed by the producers of the SAT and ACT -- guidelines which the testmakers never enforce.


As Test Scores Do Not Equal Merit shows, the weak predictive validity of the tests is one reason a growing number of colleges have made test scores optional for admitting some or all of their applicants.


With admissions procedures based on standardized test scores becoming increasingly controversial, the New York statute is a good model for public institutions across the nation.