The Impact of Dropping the SAT

Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, Mar 26, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

It turns out that universities could have done without various programs designed to increase diversity if they had simply dropped the one mechanism - the SAT - that effectively eliminated diversity (and one wonders what sort of impact, with respect to diversity, so-called 'standardized' tests are having at lower grade levels - are these, too, selecting for a particular demographic?). "Any move away from the SAT or ACT in competitive colleges results in significant gains in ethnic and economic diversity. But the gains are greater for colleges that drop testing entirely, as opposed to just making it optional."
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