SAT Adds ‘Adversity Score’ To Rate Student Hardships

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The College Board, the company behind the SAT exams, announced that it will assign a score that will take into account students’ social and economic background.

The adversity score, which uses a scale of one through 100, will rate a student’s level of disadvantage by using 15 factors — including information on the student’s school, and data on their neighborhood’s crime rate and poverty level. The College Board said the Environmental Context Dashboard (ECD) will include information from the US Census and the National Center for Education Statistics, but will not include the student’s race. The rating will be reported to college admissions officials as part of a package of data on each student.

“The Environmental Context Dashboard shines a light on students who have demonstrated remarkable resourcefulness to overcome challenges and achieve more with less,” David Coleman, chief executive of the College Board, said in…

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  • bweiss1215

    Awesome article, Nicole! Easy-to-read, tone-neutral, and well-contextualized. Keep at it! -BW

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