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College Board Replaces Controversial ‚ÄėAdversity Score‚Äô on SAT

The College Board has retracted its Environmental Context Dashboard, which attempted to factor a students’ backgrounds into their Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) results.Man 3653346 640

The dashboard, also called an ‚Äėadversity score,‚Äô was created in response to research that indicated that standardized test scores don‚Äôt reflect unequal access to high-quality education and test tutoring, or a student‚Äôs resilience and persistence in the face of challenging life circumstances. But the concept was criticized for several reasons, including reducing students‚Äô life challenges to a number.

‚ÄúThe idea of a single score was wrong,‚ÄĚ College Board chief executive David Coleman told the Associated Press. ‚ÄúIt was confusing and created the misperception that the indicators are specific to an individual student.‚ÄĚ

The adversity score is being reworked into a tool called ‚ÄúLandscape,‚ÄĚ which will take multiple pieces of information into account such as a student‚Äôs neighborhood crime rate, class size and available course offerings ‚Äď as opposed to a single figure.

‚ÄúLandscape‚ÄĚ will not change SAT scores but is intended for college admissions staff to better identify students who have thrived in different or difficult circumstances.

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