College board to add 'adversity score' to SAT

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Published on May 17, 2019 - Duration: 01:04s

College board to add 'adversity score' to SAT

The nonprofit group that administers the SAT will assign an adversity score to each student who takes the test to reflect their social and economic backgrounds, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal .

The number will be calculated using 15 factors, the Journal reported, including the crime rate and poverty levels of the student's high school and neighborhood.

Colleges will be able to see the number when considering applicants, but students themselves won't be told their scores.

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College board to add 'adversity score' to SAT

STUDENTS EARN THEIR SCORE.THE ORGANIZATION BEHIND THEEXAM SAYS ALL TEST-TAKERS WILLNOW GET A SO-CALLED "ADVERSITYSCORE" THAT REFLECTS THEIRSOCIO-ECONOMIC BACKGROUNDTHE SCORE WILL BE CALCULATEDFROM 1-TO-100 - -FACTORING INTHE CRIME RATE AND POVERTYLEVEL IN THE STUDENT'SNEIGHBORHOOD...AS WELL AS THIER PARENTS'INCOME.THE COLLEGE BOARD..WHICH OVERSEAS THE S-A-T..SAYS RACE IS NOT A FACTOR INTHE SCORING..SOT DAVIS COLEMAN / COLLEGEBOARD CEO "IMAGINE THAT STUDENTWHO'S GROWN UP WITH LESS MADEA TON OUT OF IT, THAT'S A GREATPERSON TO LET INTO YOUR HIGHLYRESOURCED COLLEGE, BECAUSEIMAGINE WHAT THEY'LL DO WHENTHEY HAVE ALL THOSE RESOURCES."50 SCHOOLS ARE ALREADY TESTINGOUT THE ADVERSITY SCORESYSTEM--BUT THERE ARE PLANS TOEXPAND THE PROGRAM TO 150SCHOOLS BY THIS FALL.THE SCORES WILL NOT BE REVEALEDTO TEST-TAKERS -- BUT SCHOOLSWILL SEE THE NUMBERS WHENREVIEWING COLLEGE APPLICATIONS.OPPONENTS SAY THE CHANGE COULDPUT BETTER-PERFORMING STUDENTSAT A DISADVANTAGE.THE COLLEGE BOARD SAYS THATWON'T HAPPEN.THIS CHANGE COMES -- FOLLOWINGTHE COLLEGE ADMISSIONS SCANDALTHAT MADE NATIONAL HEADLINES.NEW OVERNIGHT -- BOEING

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