Major US test provider speaks out against “adversity index”

May 24, 2019

A major college admissions test provider in the US has spoken out against the new “adversity score” that the College Board will soon assign to students based on their high schools and neighborhoods. Marten Roorden, CEO of ACT, says that while he agrees with the spirit of equity that lies behind the College Board’s move, the lack of transparency around the algorithm and research behind the Board’s adversity score creates significant issues for access and transparency. Roorden also noted that without proper research and safeguards, “some will attempt to manipulate and game the system. That is easy: you can use an address of someone you know who is living in a poor neighborhood or report lower family income.” Inside Higher Ed (International)