In a windowless classroom at an Arcadia tutoring center, parents crammed into child-sized desks and dug through their pockets and purses for pens as Ann Lee launches a PowerPoint presentation. Her primer on college admissions begins with the basics: application deadlines, the relative virtues of the SAT versus the ACT and how many Advanced Placement tests to take. Then she eases into a potentially incendiary topic — one that many counselors like her have learned they cannot avoid.
Taking the SAT is an American rite of passage. Along with the increasingly popular ACT, the SAT is critical in identifying student readiness for college and as an important gateway to higher education. Yet despite efforts to equalize academic opportunity, large racial gaps in SAT scores persist.
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Welcome to new math that says an SAT score of equals a score of The College Board plans to assign an adversity score to every student who takes the SAT to try to capture their social and economic background, jumping into the debate raging over race and class in college admissions. Many colleges, including Harvard University, say a diverse student body is part of the educational mission of a school.
Despite the complexity of the issues at stake, the debate over affirmative action in America is rarely as nuanced as it ought to be. Treating affirmative action as a practice that either hurts or helps an entire racial group, for instance, prevents productive conversations about its role in college admissions. The limitations of such interpretations of affirmative action are, at times, revealing.
UCLA is one of the most selective public universities in the country with an acceptance rate of 14 percent. This means that for every 14 students who are admitted, 86 students will receive rejection letters. UCLA is one of the most selective public universities in the country.
When ACT released its latest test scores this October, the results showed that average scores took a dip for every racial group in the United States except one — Asian-Americans. A similar situation played out with the SAT. As a researcher who specialises in the study of Asian-Americans and higher educationI see three factors that help explain this trend around test scores.
Over an year period stretching from toAsian-American students admitted to Harvard scored higher on the SAT than did their peer admits from other racial groups, according to data released in the admissions trial last week. A Crimson analysis of the previously confidential dataset — which spans admissions cycles starting with the Class of and ends with the cycle for the Class of — revealed that Asian-Americans admitted to Harvard earned an average SAT score of across all sections. Every section of the SAT has a maximum score of By comparison, white admits earned an average score of across all sections, Hispanic-American admits earned an average ofNative-American and Native-Hawaiian admits an average ofand African-American admits an average of
Brown University is one of the most selective universities in the country with a mere 8 percent acceptance rate. As the data presented here makes clear, you will need grades and standardized test scores that are well above average to be admitted. For students who entered Brown University in the academic year, the school had an acceptance rate of 7.
The College Board announced Thursday it will introduce a tool that allows admissions officers to see student SAT scores in the context of socioeconomic backgrounds. This tool, which the College Board is calling the "Environmental Context Dashboard," or ECD, incorporates data from its testing record along with numbers from the the National Center for Education Statistics and the US Census — but does not include information on students' race or ethnic backgrounds. To get the score, the College Board looks at two categories — neighborhood environment statistics and high school environment statistics.