Since SAT/ACT exams are optional, colleges in California and nationwide want to know more about students and their pandemic challenges.
Many testing sessions for the SAT and ACT were canceled in pandemic. Some remain scheduled for the fall, with social distancing and masks required.
UC’s first female president helped expand enrollment and successfully pushed to end testing as admissions requirement.
Ending the SAT/ACT as a requirement for freshman admission at UC will likely get attention nationally. Supporters of the move expect it will result in more ethnic and income diversity on campuses. Critics fear it will backfire.
UC's Napolitano plan conflicts in part with faculty position and could be very influential nationally. UC regents are to vote on the issue next week.
Colleges and testing companies should put student needs at center of decisions on how to handle assessments and admissions in a time of social distancing.
Requirements for SAT or ACT are suspended for a year and UC faculty votes to keep the exams in the future. Regents will have the final say.
CSU officials say their action does not mean testing is permanently dropped as an admissions requirement. Grade point averages will take on more weight.
Exams will include high-tech proctoring to discourage cheating. UC temporarily has dropped the tests as admissions requirements.
UC's one-year pause in testing does not mean a permanent end to SAT/ACT for admissions. CSU may follow. Neither university will require letter grades for high school courses this spring.
UC admissions requirements should align closely with California's K-12 curriculum standards.
A faculty task force says the University of California should continue to require SAT or ACT for freshmen admissions.
Opponents will continue their fight.
Lawsuits challenge freshman admissions process for the University of California which requires students to take the SAT or ACT standardized test
UC should not wait for a study on standardized testing, group says.
College admissions tests rank students on a curve rather than measuring how well they are meeting state standards and are weaker predictors of college performance than high-school grades.