How the national test-optional experiment played out at US colleges

Matt Larriva
Jun 09, 2021
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UNITED STATES, June 8, 2021 || Higher Ed Dive

[…] Matt Larriva, founder of tutoring business Powerful Prep, in an interview rattled off these criticisms. He said it’s unfair that most critiques focus on the tests. The SAT and ACT don’t create barriers for disadvantaged students but rather expose them, Larriva argued. “Why don’t we take that energy to fight disparity outcomes, rather than standardized tests that measure them?” 

The College Board, in an emailed statement to Higher Ed Dive, said that “real inequities” exist in American education but contended that the “SAT itself is not a racist instrument.” The organization reviews every SAT question for evidence of bias and it discards those that might favor one group, said Priscilla Rodriguez, the company’s vice president of College Readiness Assessments, in the statement. Rodriguez also maintained that the tests strengthen underrepresented students’ applications by giving them an “accessible and affordable” way to distinguish themselves.

The College Board also supports colleges adding “more flexibility and choice into the admissions process through test-optional policies.” […]

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