The College Board is dropping its plan to give SAT-takers a single score that captures a student’s economic hardship. The change comes after blowback from university officials and parents of those taking the college admissions exam.
Announced in May, the “adversity score” was intended to assess the kind of neighborhood the student came from, including factors such as the portion of teens receiving free or reduced lunch, the level of crime and average educational attainment.
In an interview with NPR, College Board CEO David Coleman said that boiling all of that complex information down to one number was problematic and that the company is now reversing its decision.
Some people worried that the adversity score would affect SAT scores, when that was never the case, Coleman said.
The adversity score did not account for a student’s race, but schools that used the tool in pilot testing reported that the socioeconomic data helped boost nonwhite enrollment.
“The first move was to admit,” he said, “that summing it up in a single score was a mistake, so we’ve stopped that.”
The second move is to admit you’re creating an Idiocracy.