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The Ohio State University

Ohio State University says it's making the SAT and ACT test scores optional for most students applying at the Columbus campus for 2021. The temporary move comes after testing dates were canceled for the spring, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Fatima Martinez knows there's a lot riding on her SAT score.

"My future is at stake," says the Los Angeles high school senior. "The score I will receive will determine which UC schools I get into."

But that may not always be the case.

The College Board has been testing a tool that could give the millions of students who take the SATs every year a score measuring their economic hardships and other disadvantages, the nonprofit said Thursday.

The Environmental Context Dashboard includes information about students' high schools, including the rate of teens who receive free or reduced lunch, and their home life and neighborhoods, such as average family income, educational attainment, housing stability and crime.

There are now well over 1,000 colleges and universities that don't require SAT or ACT scores in deciding whom to admit, a number that's growing every year. And a new study finds that scores on those tests are of little value in predicting students' performance in college, and raises the question: Should those tests be required at all?

Adora Namigadde

At Bexley High School, the third-best high school in Ohio according to U.S. News & World Report, most juniors were planning to take a college entrance exam if they hadn't already. But for the first time in Ohio, school districts will be required to administer the ACT or SAT test to all students, college bound or not.