California State University administrators say SAT and ACT requirements will be scrapped

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This week, California State University administrators took an important step toward permanently removing SAT and ACT testing requirements for students.

At a board meeting on Wednesday, the 12 trustees on the education policy committee said they were all in favor of a recent recommendation from an advisory board to eliminate testing requirements, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The advisory board, made up of students, faculty and administrators, argued that standardized test scores are less important than high school grades in predicting a student’s academic performance.

“The issue of SAT and ACT tests has overwhelmed students and families for a long time,” administrator Diego Arambula said, according to The Times. “To see that a GPA on its own actually has better predictive power, it’s very clear to me that if we can wipe everything off the plates of young people and their families who are already going through such stressful times right now…c It is in the interest of our communities in law.

Cal State’s system, which includes 23 campuses and educates 477,000 students, has suspended testing requirements for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Times.

More than 1,800 colleges and universities have made the decision to scrap standardized testing requirements as concerns have been raised about how strong an indicator they really are of a student’s academic achievement and how they are fair to underserved students. The pandemic has also pushed schools to make the decision, as seen with Harvard announcing in December that they would drop testing requirements for the next four years.

The California State University Board of Trustees will vote on the recommendation in March and, if passed, create a new admissions model and propose a date when it should be implemented.

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