In response to criticism, the College Board is reforming a new admissions tool meant to measure hardships that a freshman applicant faces.
One bill would let school districts give the SAT or ACT to all students, at state expense; another calls on UC and CSU to consider phasing out the tests altogether.
While overall scores rose, only 48 percent of California students did well enough on the SAT to be considered fully college ready. Ethnic disparities remain as well.
State Superintendent Torlakson and some superintendents are at odds on the issue. An analysis by the prominent nonprofit Achieve will add fuel to the debate.
At $1,430 for a full-time student, the tuition and fees at California's community colleges are less than half the $3,570 national average, the College Board survey found.
The test’s content was dramatically changed last year to align much more closely with subject material taught in high school. Gaps among racial groups persist in California and nationally.
SAT and Smarter Balanced explore the potential of a partnership, even as they compete for market share.