College Board replacing SAT ‘adversity score’

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The College Board is replacing the so-called adversity score associated with the SAT with a tool that will no longer reduce an applicant’s background to a single number.

Chief Executive David Coleman says that idea was a mistake.

Coleman tells The Associated Press that students also will have access to their information under changes to the pilot Environmental Context Dashboard being announced Tuesday.

Renamed “Landscape,” the revised tool no longer produces a single number to measure obstacles posed by a student’s neighborhood or high school. Instead, it will show several data points, including the urban or rural location of a school, advanced course offerings and neighborhood crime rate.

It doesn’t change the SAT score itself.

The College Board says the idea is to make it easier for college admissions officers to spot students who have excelled within their surroundings.

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