College Board to Start Assigning 'Adversity Score' to All SAT Test Takers

Headline Roundup May 16th, 2019

The nonprofit group which administers the SAT, the College Board, will now include an 'adversity score' for test takers. The score includes any social and economic privileges that a test taker may have, for admissions officers to better understand a student's score. This comes after criticism of college admissions for not having enough diversity on campuses. The score is an index on a scale of 1 to 100. 50 represents average privilege; anything above 50 represents an amount of adversity while anything below represents a degree of privilege.

College Board to Start Assigning 'Adversity Score' to All SAT Test Takers

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The College Board reportedly plans to assign an “adversity score” to each student who takes the SAT, providing information on student's social and economic background.

The data point, which would be calculated using more than a dozen factors, comes as college admissions boards face scrutiny for their selection processes, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Among the categories included in the calculation are the crime rate in a student’s neighborhood, their family’s median income and the rigor of their school’s curriculum, according to the Journal....

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(CNN)The nonprofit group that administers the SAT will assign an adversity score to each student who takes the test to reflect social and economic backgrounds, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

The move comes amid heightened scrutiny that colleges are facing over the admissions process and the diversity of their student bodies.
"There are a number of amazing students who may have scored less (on the SAT) but have accomplished more," David Coleman, chief executive officer of the College Board, told the Journal. "We can't sit...

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The College Board plans to introduce an “adversity score” that will accompany an applicant’s SAT score in order to give college-admissions officers greater insight into how the applicant’s social and economic privilege may have contributed to their academic performance.

The adversity score, which will be made available to colleges but not the students themselves, will reflect 15 different factors including the crime rate and average income level in a student’s neighborhood, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

The new metric is currently being used by 50 colleges and will likely...

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