Students who take the SAT exam will now be given a secret ‘adversity score.’
The College Board, which administers the SAT exam, created the adversity score with the intention of lowering socioeconomic inequality in college admissions.
SAT exam takers will be given an adversity score between 1 to 100, with a higher score signaling a higher level of adversity.
The adversity score will be determined by 15 different factors, including: The crime rate and poverty rate of the area where the student is from, the household income of the student, and the quality of the student’s high school. Students will also earn a higher adversity score if English isn’t their first language.
The College Board said the adversity score will not consider the race of the student. However, many critics of the adversity score have pointed out that the score seems to use many factors that are heavily correlated with race.
This new policy has received major backlash from Americans who believe that college admissions should be solely based on academic performance.
Andrew Pollack, the father of Parkland school shooting victim Meadow Pollack, criticized the College Board’s decision to consider “adversity” in college admissions.
Here’s the problem nobody is talking about: Rich people will buy their kids a spot in college. Poor people will get into college based on ‘adversity.’ Meanwhile, middle-class students who have worked hard are stuck with nothing. What happened to merit?
David Coleman, chief executive of the College Board, believes that the adversity score will help students who score lower on the SAT but have “accomplished more.”
The College Board said that students will not be able to see their adversity scores, but colleges will be able to see the secret scores during their admissions processes. This fall, 150 colleges plan to use the adversity score in their admissions processes.
This shocking story comes just months after dozens of individuals were arrested for their involvement a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. Many college administrators were arrested for taking bribes from wealthy parents in order to help get their children into prestigious universities.