It’s a rite of passage for students looking to go to college in the U.S. – the dreaded SAT and ACT. However, those tests could soon become a thing of the past.
Standardized tests, at least when it comes to college admissions, have been falling out of favor in recent years, with more than 1,000 colleges and universities now making the tests optional.
Now a group of students, several advocacy groups, and a school district are suing the University of California system to stop it from using the test scores in admissions. They say using the test discriminates against minority and low income high schoolers. In fact, they cite research showing a student’s family income, race, and ethnicity has increasingly predicted how well they would do on the SAT and ACT.
Here’s the thing – California’s system is one of the largest and most well respected in the country. So if they do away with these tests, it could spell the end of the SAT and ACT.
No word yet on the future of the number two pencil.