Report: SAT makers to factor in social, economic background for scoring

NEW YORK -

The College Board is planning to assign an “adversity score” to every student who takes the SAT, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

The test will factor in a student’s social and economic background, like crime rate and poverty levels from the student’s high school and neighborhood.

College Board president David Coleman is addressing the critics.

“There is talent and potential waiting to be discovered in every community – the children of poor, rural families, kids navigating the challenges of life in the inner-city and military dependents who face the daily difficulties of low income and frequent deployments as part of their family’s services to our country.”

Coleman’s statement continued, “No single test score should ever be examined without paying attention to this critical context.

The Wall Street Journal reported that 50 schools used the new score as part of a beta test last year and that the College Board plans to include 150 more schools this fall.

The adversity score will not factor in race.

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