Should NC Stop Allowing The ACT & SAT To Be Used For College Admissions Altogether? One State Just Did.

California is doing away with something that NC uses to measure school performance grades: ACT scores.

From CNN:

The University of California system can no longer use ACT and SAT tests as a determinant for admissions, a superior court judge has ruled, handing a victory to students with disabilities.

The “test optional” policy at most UC campuses affords privileged, non-disabled students a “second look” in admissions, said Brad Seligman, the Alameda County Superior Court Judge who issued the preliminary injunction in the case of Kawika Smith v. Regents of the University of California on Tuesday.

At the same time, he said, a “second look” would be denied to less privileged students and students with disabilities who are unable to access the tests. Therefore, the conclusion is to do away with the tests all together.

California had stopped using the ACT and SAT in its admission process for state universities in the wake of the COVID pandemic as other states have, including North Carolina. But this goes beyond that circumstance.

The judgement took into consideration that there is a growing amount of research that “proved that students from wealthy families score higher on the SAT and ACT, compared to students from low-income families.”

All juniors in NC are required to take the ACT as a measure of school performance and student achievement. They are even part of the School Report Card System.

Yep, right there toward the bottom.

Right above SAT scores.