The College Board Leader said Tuesday that the company drops the so-called "Adversity Score" as a supplement to the SAT College Admission Test following fierce criticism.
Facing Growing Ways to Scratch the Role of Wealth When admitted to college, the New York City-based College Board introduced the Environmental Context Dashboard about two years ago to pinpoint the context for a student's performance in the test and helping schools to identify those who have done more with less.
The version in use About 50 institutions participated in a pilot program with a formula that combined school and neighborhood factors such as advanced courses and crime rates into a single number.
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Critics called it an overuse of the college board to rate mishaps as well as academics. David Coleman, College Chairman, agreed, saying in a statement on Tuesday that "the idea of a single score was wrong, it was confusing and led to the false assumption that the indicators are specific to a single student."
The charitable organization announced several changes to the tool Tuesday, including the decision to grant students access to information about their schools and neighborhoods from the 2020-2021
The redesigned tool, renamed Landscape, is intended to provide data sources from government sources and the College Board that affect education, including whether the student's school is rural, Suburban or urban is the size of the upper class of the school, the percentage of students eligible for a free and reduced lunch, and the attendance and performance of advanced level college placement courses at the school.
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"We listened to thoughtful criticism and made Landscape better and more transparent," said Coleman. "Landscape provides more consistent background information to admissions officers so they can properly consider each student, no matter where he or she lives and learns."
The admissions officers would also have access to a set of test results at the school to show where Applicants like information such as the median family income, education level and crime rate in the neighborhood of the students.
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The creation of the tool was a testament to continued criticism of the use of admission tests during a time of uneven access to advanced courses and high-priced tutors, which provide additional benefits to those who have access to them.
It is expected that between 100 and 150 institutions this year pilot the new tool before it becomes generally available next year.
Barnini Chakraborty and The Associated Press of Fox News contributed to this report.