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SAT to take into account adversities students face

SAT to take into account adversities students face

The College Board is addressing potential inequities in SAT results with a new “adversity score” that will take into account a student’s economic and social background in addition to the verbal and math skills the test traditionally assesses.

We think it is important to take into consideration parts of a student’s life that may not show up in a test score. After all it has been consistently shown that wealthy kids, with access to prep courses and better resourced high schools, perform better on the test than those from lower income families and that minorities tend to score lower than whites.

But we can’t help but wonder if the institution is...