Proposal could change the way colleges look at students’ applications

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A proposal could change the way colleges look at a student’s applications.

The College Board, the organization that administers the SAT, tested the "Environmental Context Dashboard" at 50 colleges and universities. It's a scoring system that gives admissions offices a glimpse into a student's background, including their family income and structure, neighborhood crime, the average income in their school district and their ability to overcome private obstacles.

They would be scored from 1 to 100, with 50-plus meaning the student has more disadvantages.

Superintendent Joseph Ricca of the White Plains City School District tells News 12 that he thinks there are other ways to help provide equitable experiences for kids and level the playing field when it comes to applying to colleges. He suggests the College Board giving tests out for free.

The SAT costs nearly $50 each time a student takes it.

Parent Kim O’Connor, of Rye, says she had her girls take the SATs and that it could be great if the kinks are worked out.

"We had the ability to provide supplemental support to both children, SAT prep. Not every family has access,” she says.

 

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