Op-ed: Can we make SATs and college admissions more transparent?
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College Board recently changed the SAT to include a context score, commonly referred to as an adversity score, to better reflect the effect of socioeconomic disadvantages in the assessment outcomes.
This adversity score will take into account 15 socioeconomic factors in an attempt to scale results for students coming out of adverse environments that bring down tests results for those students. Admitting colleges, but neither parents nor students, will receive the context score. Rather, these adversity scores are intended to help colleges get a better picture of overall student performance and shine “a light on students who have demonstrated resourcefulness to overcome challenges and achieve more with less”, according to College Board.