|Scoring patterns on the SAT suggesting that the test puts certain racial and economic groups at a disadvantage have become a concern for colleges.CreditCreditShiho Fukada for The New York Times|
The College Board, the company that administers the SAT exam performed by about two million students a year, will have a significant change. This being the case, it will evaluate students for the first time not only in their mathematical and verbal skills but also in their educational and socioeconomic backgrounds, entering into a difficult battle for the impartiality of high-risk tests.
In this way, the company has announced that it will include a new rating, which is generally known as ‘Adversity Score’ between 1 and 100 in the results of the student tests. An average score is 50, and higher numbers mean more disadvantages. The score will be calculated using 15 factors, including the relative quality of the student’s high school and the crime rate and the poverty level of the student’s neighborhood. Now, it should be noted that this qualification will not affect the test scores of the students, and only university admissions officers will be informed as part of a larger package of data on each examinee.