The value and predictability of standardized admissions tests is stirring heated debate on campuses, and some states have abandoned them amid criticism that the exams favor affluent children whose families can invest in test preparation. The National Center for Fair and Open Testing says more than 1,800 campuses will be optional or blind test for fall 2023.
As with Georgia, many state systems waived SAT and ACT requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some have decided not to reinstate them. The influential University of California system no longer requires them in admissions or scholarship decisions, even though a faculty review recommended that the ACT and SAT remain a requirement for applicants to its 10 campuses.
Georgia didn’t make its latest decision based on the belief that high school transcripts are a better measure of student ability. He did not summon the professors to discuss the necessity and usefulness of these tests.
As the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported, Chancellor Sonny Perdue cited declining college enrollment as well as “the threat that many Georgia students will leave the state” to colleges that don’t require the tests. , as reasons for extending the waiver. .
In a Thursday meeting with the Board of Regents, Perdue admitted that high school grade point average can predict college results, but said grades and SAT/ACT scores together “are better than anyone individually.” “. USG will review the performance of students admitted under the optional testing policies before making a final decision on whether to permanently end the ACT/SAT requirement.
Here is the official explainer of the University System of Georgia: