Edited by: Joseph A. Soares
Publication Date: January 3, 2020
This update to SAT Wars provides new evidence in the case against standardized college entry tests, including the experiences of test-optional colleges. The Scandal of Standardized Tests sheds significant light on key problems such as: Are the tests stronger proxies for race and family income today than they were 20 years ago? Does going test-optional promote racial and economic diversity? Are there any differences in academic records between students admitted without test scores and those with them? How does testing figure into race-sensitive admissions legal controversies? Why is the College Board’s “environmental dashboard” inadequate as a way to create a fair playing field? How are the odds of attending and graduating from college stacked against low-income youths and racial minorities? What does the FBI Varsity Blues sting tell us about college admissions in America?
Joseph A. Soares is chair and professor of sociology at Wake Forest University.
“The authors deliver a mighty blow to the standing of standardized testing. If Soares and his colleagues are not able to kill the beast, they may convince more admissions officers to go test-optional. This would represent a meaningful step toward equalizing access to higher education.
—Amy J. Binder, professor and chair of the Department of Sociology, University of California San Diego