Arlington, VA (June 5, 2020) — The College Board’s announcement that it will pull back from plans to offer online, at-home SAT exams due to digital equity concerns was a promising sign. As NACAC noted in an earlier statement on the issue, we are concerned that inequitable access to technology is a barrier that must be surmounted before we can consider asking students to engage in high-stakes educational activities from home.
We are encouraged by the College Board’s decision and ask that its leadership reach out broadly to students, families, school counselors, teachers, college admission officers, faculty, and researchers who study equity challenges as it considers the future of AP and SAT exams regarding both online test administration and in the context of ongoing equity concerns.
A NACAC task force examining issues of access and equity in college admission testing will issue a report this summer. It is expected to offer recommendations about how colleges can evaluate testing requirements through the lens of access and equity, how colleges can weigh their institutional interests with the public good, how to determine the costs associated with requiring standardized tests, and how to frame discussions about test-optional admission policies—all particularly acute in light of the COVID-19 and racial justice crises we face in 2020.
Now is the time for the education community to reflect on its practices and ask difficult questions about how our everyday actions contribute to inequalities in our nation and around the world. We reiterate our call to ACT to reconsider its plans for online, at-home testing in light of reasonable concerns about inequitable access to technology, and ask its leadership to similarly reflect on the role standardized testing plays in ongoing equity concerns.
The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of nearly 14,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education. NACAC is committed to maintaining high standards that foster ethical and social responsibility among those involved in the transition process, as outlined in the association's Code of Ethics and Professional Practices.
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