SATs at some schools rescheduled until end of April


(WFSB/CBS News) -- According to a report put out by the Wall Street Journal, the College Board is planning to assign an adversity score to every student who takes the SATs.

This is reportedly in an effort to try to capture the social and economic background of students.

In an interview on CBS This Morning, College Board CEO David Coleman said the standardized test, right now, doesn't measure what students have overcome in their personal lives.

The “adversity score” would be added to the profile of every college applicant who takes the exam.

"What the SAT is a valid measure of your achievement: what have you learned in reading and math, how ready you are for college," Coleman said on "CBS This Morning." "But what it doesn't measure alone is, it doesn't measure what you've overcome--the situation that you achieved that in."

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While some people believe students in high school should be accepted solely based on merit, others say there's more to a student than just a test score.

The College Board administers the college entrance exam, and said the data will measure a student's resourcefulness to see if they've done more with less.

It won't be personalized to each student, but a measure of the school and neighborhood a student was raised in.

This effort comes after the college admissions scandal, involving dozens of parents, including celebrities, who are charged with paying large sums of money to help their students get into college.

The director of Ivy Bound College Prep in Newington said he doesn’t believe it’s a coincidence the new rating system comes right after the recent college admission scandal.

“I think the SAT has had this under wraps for a while. I don’t think they just came up with it but two months after the scandal breaks, maybe it’s a good time to announce, ‘look we’re overly fair’,” said Mark Greenstein, of Ivy Bound College Prep.

Ivy Bound is tutoring a few hundred students right now from Connecticut and beyond.

The director says getting into college is competitive and it’s likely someone will try and take advantage of the system.

“I think soon, with that adversity standard, people will manipulate on the adversity basis,” Greenstein said.

While many have questions about College Board’s decision to dish out an adversity score, Sonia Plumb, who teaches dance at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, hope it’ll benefit students.

“Whether home life or emotional on all of that has to affect their SAT scores so I would think an adversity score would be beneficial especially if they’re trying to get into college,” Plumb said.

According to the Wall Street Journal, 50 schools received the scores as part of a beta test last year. Approximately 150 more colleges are expected to see them this fall.

The College Board is a New York-based non-profit that is in charge of overseeing the SAT.

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