California State University is the system. set to drop the SAT or the ACTThe Los Angeles Times stated that admission is now a requirement for college students. It’s a big step in the effort by the college system, amid complaints about the biases of standardized testing against people with low incomes and students from color.
Cal State Chancellor Joseph Castro said Wednesday that he was “very supportive” of the plan following the release of a reportIt was found that many highly qualified students find it hard to gain admission into California universities.
“I just want folks to know that I am not interested as chancellor to make it harder for students to get into the CSU,” Castro said of the end of the requirements, the Times reported.
He added that he was “committed to providing access to students of all backgrounds.”
Cal State’s 23 campuses house 486,000 students. This is the nation’s largest university system. The system’s board of trustees will review a recommendation to drop the ACT and SAT, made this month by an advisory council, in January and then vote on it in the spring.
This move is similar to one made by University of California System last year. no longer take SAT or ACT scores into accountScholarships and admissions. The system includes some of the nation’s premier universities, including UCLA and Berkeley, and came amid a lawsuit filed on behalf of students and other advocacy groups that said the requirement was unfairly biased against poor students of color, particularly Black and Latino applicants.
University of California System said last month it wouldn’t replace either test with an alternative after searching for a separate standardized test to help with admissions decisions. School officials said they couldn’t find an exam that would avoid the biases named by the tests’ detractors.
“UC will continue to practice test-free admissions now and into the future,” Micheal Brown, the system’s provost, said at the time.