A new adversity score is set to be integrated into the SAT score, which would reflect hardships faced by the particular student, including environmental and educational differences as well as income.
The score has been tested in the past, and now 150 new schools will integrate the score into their SAT scores, as ordered by the College Board.
Administrators will be able to use the score to consider a students’ background, including their social and economic background, their neighborhoods, families and high schools. Each of these categories has particular indicators to help determine the adversity score.
The score would be visible alongside the SAT score, and would help indicate how much hardship a student has faced in his or her lifetime, with scores above 50 indicating more adversity, and scores below, indicating privilege.
The score will be referred to as “Overall Disadvantage Level” under the Environmental Context Dashboard section of a students’ scores.
“Through its history, the College Board has been focused on finding unseen talent. The Environmental Context Dashboard shines a light on students who have demonstrated remarkable resourcefulness to overcome challenges and achieve more with less. It enables colleges to witness the strength of students in a huge swath of America who would otherwise be overlooked,” said CEO of College Board, David Coleman, as reported by CBS.
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