The College Board, the organization responsible for the SAT college admissions test, will include a privilege score in the future. The score will consider fifteen different statistics meant to measure a student’s “social and economic background.” Only colleges will receive the score, not students or their families.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the College Board has declined to explain how the score will be calculated. Some colleges like Yale University have already begun using the score.
“Several college admissions officers said they worry the Supreme Court may disallow race-based affirmative action. If that happens, the value of the tool would rise,” the WSJ says university officials told them.
“‘The purpose is to get to race without using race,’ said Anthony Carnevale, director of Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce. Mr. Carnevale formerly worked for the College Board and oversaw the Strivers program.”
Carnevale also admitted “privileged” students would be negatively impacted by the test. “If I am going to make room for more of the [poor and minority] students we want to admit and I have a finite number of spaces, then someone has to suffer and that will be privileged kids on the bubble,” the WSJ reported Carnevale saying.
The new score arrives at a time when racial discrimination has been hotly contested. Harvard University currently faces a lawsuit for negatively discriminating against Asian-Americans in their admission processes.
Read more about the new SAT score at The Wall Street Journal