The University of California came under new pressure Tuesday to eliminate the SAT and ACT as an admission requirement, when several groups threatened a lawsuit alleging that the tests violate state civil rights laws by unlawfully discriminating against disabled, low-income and underrepresented minority students.
“Our objective is to remove barriers and equalize the playing field. This is an issue of equity and access to opportunity for children who are living in marginalized and struggling communities.”Micah Ali, Compton school board president
ACT and the College Board, which owns the SAT, argue that their tests are predictive of college performance and offer a uniform yardstick that allows colleges to compare students across a range of states and high schools. But critics say they are an unfair admission barrier to students who don’t test well or can’t afford to pay for pricey test preparation. Decades of research have shown that scores are strongly influenced by family income, parents’ education and race.
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