SAT designers expand use of "Adversity Index" to account for student environment

May 21, 2019

In a move that could inspire a similar trend in other countries, the US-based College Board has expanded its use of an “adversity index” designed to place students' SAT scores in the context of their socioeconomic advantages or disadvantages. Scott Jaschik reports that the Board has been testing this tool for several years and that thus far, it has been used by roughly 50 colleges and universities. Last Thursday, the Board said that the index would be expanded to about 150 colleges later this year, and made available to all colleges in 2020. Jaschik adds that the change comes at a time when the SAT has been criticized for years because wealthier students tend to score higher than those from less advantaged backgrounds. Inside Higher Ed (International)