The headline really says it all. The University Of California will no longer look at SAT or ACT test scores as part of their admittance process. This is largely due to a lawsuit against the university claiming that these tests typically show lower test scores for minority groups while whites typically have the highest scores.
They claim it’s both racist and wealth related as students who come from families with money are able to take special tutoring and better prepare for the tests to score higher.
We are no fans of these tests or the higher education system in general, but there is truth to this. The wealthy will have a leg up. That doesn’t stop the less wealthy from competing, but that’s the system. We don’t know the answer unfortunately.
At the same time, this lawsuit and turn-about is just another way of saying minorities just aren’t smart enough for schooling. That is something we disagree whole-heartedly with.
We don’t know what will come of this, but hopefully it’s something good and fair. Unfortunately cases like this only tip the scale one way or another in the end. Finding middle ground usually never happens.
The University put out a PDF on their ruling to cancel the test scores as part of their admissions process. You can read the full PDF at the link here. Be forewarned they use word “diversity” 73 times in their ruling.