Compton Unified School Board President Micah Ali has took a dramatic step to level the playing field for high school graduates. He has filed a lawsuit, as a resident, against the UC Regents to alleviate perceived civil rights violations with the ACT and SAT college admissions tests.
“Right is right and just is just. I am proud to stand with my district and others to call for the College Board and the University of California system to do better … to figure out a better way. The current use of ACT/SAT scores is not only an affront to equity, it has created an unintended consequence of making elite our own public system of higher education. I pose the question: Is there not a better assessment of a student’s ability to succeed than a tear score reflecting one day? Should one have to engage tutors to pass a test that is supposed to measure the sum total of their academic journey? I believe the answer is clear and I believe these entities possess the knowledge, know-how and wisdom to ideate a better way.”Micah Ali