When I think about the SAT/ACT, I often think about how the students I serve don’t have a fair shot at admission because of where they were born and the family they are born into. I grew up poor in a rough neighborhood. If you looked at my SAT/ACT score when I applied to college, you might think I wouldn’t succeed in college. If the highly selective, small, liberal arts college I went to didn’t have a special program for students like me and focused heavily on my poor SAT score, I wouldn’t have got in. I graduated from that school on time. I was never in danger of getting kicked out. I’m the person I am today because I went away to that school.
On top of selective private schools leaning on test scores, we have four-year public colleges focusing on test scores more. What shot does a poor kid have at a better life? Think about the change agents we are losing because of a score from a single day. Should access to a private tutor really make the difference?
While I hate to put a focus on rankings, there can’t be anything wrong doing without test scores when close to 300 “top tier” schools are test optional (this list is most reliable).
If College Board and ACT cared about access, they should stop with the memes against the test optional movement. Honestly, you should put your focus into your other products that actually promote access. Your memes are doing a disservice to upward mobility and the change agents of tomorrow.