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For true higher-ed diversity, we must break the testing monopoly

Posted on AllSides April 7th, 2024
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Every parent and teacher recognizes students’ anxiety about high-stakes testing for college admissions. In recent years, universities experimented with removing standardized test requirements for admissions, believing the SAT and ACT fail to capture the diversity of students’ educational backgrounds and aptitudes. Many viewed these moves as even more necessary after the Supreme Court ruled universities could not employ affirmative action in admissions. 

Yet as the University of Texas at Austin, Brown, Yale, MIT and others recognize the necessity of some form of testing and reimpose requirements, they risk yet again discriminating against specific demographics of students. Do we have...

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