California State University takes action to permanently remove ACT, SAT from admission requirements

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The California State University Board of Trustees has taken a step toward permanently dropping the requirement for school applicants to take the ACT or SAT.

According to Los Angeles TimesThe policy change was discussed by the board’s committee on education policy on Wednesday, which voted to advance the measure to drop standardized testing as a requirement for undergraduate admissions to colleges in the system. ‘California State University.

The measure will be voted on by the full board in March and, if approved, the system will then create a new formula for admitting students. According to the report, California State University Chancellor Joseph Castro will make the final decision on the policy.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the California State University system, which contains 23 campuses and 477,000 students, has suspended standardized testing requirements for college admissions.

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People walk on the campus of California State University Long Beach (CSULB) before students return for fall classes on August 11, 2021 in Long Beach, California.
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the proposal states that the ACT and SAT have a negative impact on student stress and often benefit students from more affluent families.

“Although standardized test scores have a long tradition in higher education, dating back to 1901, the board has found that standardized tests add negligible additional value to the CSU admissions process. The Negative Impact of Stress on students, families, and high schools as well as the consistent differential test scores between students from more affluent versus less affluent communities cannot be ignored,” the proposal states.

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FILE - Rachel Barr, 17, of Scarborough, Maine, takes a pre-SAT test in a room with other students at Study Hall in Scarborough, February 23, 2016.

FILE – Rachel Barr, 17, of Scarborough, Maine, takes a pre-SAT test in a room with other students at Study Hall in Scarborough, February 23, 2016.
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However, not everyone on the committee fully agreed, and administrator Jack Clarke Jr. asked how he could address concerns that “we are watering down admissions requirements, especially in science fields. hard and math?”

According to the article, student administrator Krystal Raynes, a California State student in Bakersfield, said she wondered if the policy could lead to overcrowding on campus, but was supportive of change.

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People enter the University Library on the campus of California State University Long Beach (CSULB) on August 11, 2021 in Long Beach, California.

People enter the University Library on the campus of California State University Long Beach (CSULB) on August 11, 2021 in Long Beach, California.
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If the proposal is adopted by the full board in March, the university system’s Admissions Advisory Board would create a different admissions formula using a minimum grade point average and other factors.

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