Judge Tells U. California to Prohibit Prospective Students From Submitting SAT, ACT Scores During Pandemic
“Nondisabled, economically advantaged and white test-takers have an inherent advantage in the testing process.”
The University of California does not require prospective students to take the SAT or ACT during the coronavirus pandemic.
The judge took it a step further:
But the regents allowed individual campuses to let students submit their SAT and ACT scores voluntarily in applications for 2021 and 2022. So far, three campuses have declined — UC Berkeley, Santa Cruz and Irvine — but the other six have opted to allow voluntary submission of test scores.
On Tuesday, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Brad Seligman said allowing some applicants to submit test scores tips the scales against disabled students, few of whom would have access to the tests during the COVID-19 outbreak. He issued an injunction forbidding even voluntary use of the tests during current conditions.
“Nondisabled, economically advantaged and white test-takers have an inherent advantage in the testing process,” Selgiman said. He said students with disabilities whose qualifications were otherwise the same as other applicants “are denied a potential second chance at admission” when test scores are taken into account.
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