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On Friday, the U.S. Department of Education announced new K-12 and higher education policies in response to disruptions caused by the coronavirus.

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.

Disadvantaged Students And Higher Education

Jul 5, 2019
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The SAT College Board has started using so-called “adversity scores,” which are designed to reflect a student’s socioeconomic status and create context for the test scores. 

The adversity score will consider environmental factors that influence a student’s home and school life, including crime rates and poverty levels.

Today on All Sides, how those scores could help higher education diversity its student body and, beyond the scores, how disadvantaged college students make the grade.

Adversity and College

Jun 20, 2019

The SAT College Board has added a new section to the standardized test called 'adversity.'

This section is scored based on the students socioeconomic rank , such as home life, neighborhood crime rates, poverty levels, housing, and other factors determine their disadvantage level.

If a student scores a 50 or above, it means they have had to deal with more obstacles in life in order to get an education. If a student scores a 50 or below, it means the student has used their advantage to the best of their ability. 

Today on All Sides, how disadvantaged college students make the grade and manage higher education in light of the SAT use of so-called adversity scores. 

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.

Ohio Attorney General and Gov.-elect Mike DeWine
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Republican governor candidate Mike DeWine wants to reduce the amount of standardized testing in Ohio – one of several goals he laid out in a new education plan. 

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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. 

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Some state school board members are concerned by results of a survey that indicated poorer results for districts that administered state tests online instead of on paper.

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