Colleges are trying to get around “disparities in wealth and education,” and a Supreme Court ruling against race-based admissions that got colleges like Harvard in trouble.
Asian-American students sued Harvard claiming they were discriminated against despite high test scores.
So the College Board came up with a new idea.
From Daily Caller:
The College Board is going to assign a secret “adversity score” to students who take the SAT in an apparent attempt to help colleges get around a potential Supreme Court ruling on race-based admissions.
The score will be assigned to every single student who takes the test, but students will not know what the score is, and the College Board is not disclosing how the score is determined, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Colleges will see the 1-100 score, called the “Overall Disadvantage Level” when they view a student’s test results. Anything over 50 designates hardship.
The College Board did not explain how the score was tallied for how it weighs the 15 factors considered, which include poverty levels based on address and crime rate. Race is not one of the official factors.
And students wouldn’t be able to see the score or challenge it.
Anthony Carnevale, a former employee of the College Board and director of Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, said it was a way of factoring in race, without appearing to use race.
The ACT plans to announce a similar score later this year.
“If I am going to make room for more of the [poor and minority] students we want to admit and I have a finite number of spaces, then someone has to suffer and that will be privileged kids on the bubble,” John Barnhill, assistant vice president for academic affairs at Florida State University, told The WSJ.
Barnhill said they tested the scored at FSU last year and it upped the nonwhite enrollment by 5%.