College Board Is Dropping The 'Adversity Score.' Good.


The College Board announced today that it is dropping its recent plan to calculate an "adversity score" for students who take the SAT. David Coleman, CEO of the College Board admitted, "The idea of a single score was wrong. It was confusing and created the misperception that the indicators are specific to an individual student.”

However, the College Board is not totally abandoning any attempt to give colleges more information about applicants' backgrounds that might be related to their education. It's going to use the tool it calls "Landscape" that will include a variety of data - not reduced to a single number - such as characteristics of the the student’s school, the size of the school’s graduating class, the percentage of students eligible for free and reduced lunch, and performance in Advanced Placement courses. Read More

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