UC needs to immediately drop use of the SAT and ACT for admissions and scholarships, judge rules


The University of California should immediately suspend all use of SAT and ACT test scores for admission and scholarship decisions under a preliminary injunction released by an Alameda County Superior Court judge.

The ruling came in a suit asserting that the usage of standardized test scores is broadly prejudiced– and especially destructive to trainees with specials needs who seek to take the test during the coronavirus crisis.

Superior Court Judge Brad Seligman said in his Monday judgment that complainants had revealed sufficient cause to stop the tests for now since applicants with disabilities had practically no access to test-taking sites or lawfully needed accommodations throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The barriers faced by students with impairments have been greatly exacerbated by the COVID-19 epidemic, which has actually disrupted test-taking locations, closed schools and limited access to school therapists,” Seligman composed.

Seligman included that little information existed to reveal whether the tests were even legitimate or dependable indications of their future college efficiency. He set a case management conference for Sept. 29.

The injunction on using SAT and ACT results will affect all California candidates to the UC system.

“The SAT and ACT are dead and gone as far as the UC system is worried,” said Mark Rosenbaum, a Los Angeles attorney who assisted file the claim as director of Public Counsel’s Chance Under Law project. The “historic decision puts an end to racist tests that denied many California students of color, trainees with specials needs, and students from low-income families of a fair shot at admissions to the UC system.”

UC officials had no immediate comment Tuesday.

SAT and ACT authorities might not be immediately reached for comment but have long argued that their tests are not prejudiced and offer a uniform and useful yardstick to examine applicants from different schools and states.

Previously this year, the UC Board of Regents all voted to phase out standardized test scores in admissions choices after concluding that the tests were unacceptably prejudiced based on race, earnings and parent education level and did not offer helpful information about how trainees would fare in college. Regents voted to make the tests optional for two years, then phase them out, but still permitted them to be used for scholarship choices.

UC Berkeley, UC Irvine and UC Santa Cruz currently have actually chosen to drop the SAT and ACT screening requirements entirely, however UCLA and the system’s five other undergraduate schools had planned to think about ball games for applicants who chose to submit them, according to the judgment. UC schools will begin accepting applications for admission to the 2021-22 academic year on Nov. 1.