The NY Times published an article on the new adversity score:
The SAT, the college entrance test taken by about two million students a year, is adding an “adversity score” to the test results that is intended to help admissions officers account for factors like educational or socioeconomic disadvantage that may depress students’ scores, the College Board, the company that administers the test, said Thursday. ...That is what the article said last night. Today the official online version says:
The adversity score would be a number between 1 and 100, with an average student receiving a 50. It would be calculated using 15 factors, like the relative quality of the student’s high school and the crime rate and poverty level of the student’s home neighborhood. The score would not be reported to the student, only to college officials.
The College Board, the company that administers the SAT exam taken by about two million students a year, will for the first time assess students not just on their math and verbal skills, but also on their educational and socioeconomic backgrounds, entering a fraught battle over the fairness of high-stakes testing. ...Notice the difference? It no longer explicitly says that the score is being withheld from the student. It does say that the colleges only get the score as part of other data, but it is cleverly ambiguous about whether the student gets the data.
The score will be calculated using 15 factors, including the relative quality of the student’s high school and the crime rate and poverty level of the student’s neighborhood.
The rating will not affect students’ test scores, and will be reported only to college admissions officials as part of a larger package of data on each test taker.
Why would the NY Times make such a change to artfully conceal the most important point?
I am going out on a limb here, but I do not think this is an accident. The College Board is run by the same sort of lizard people who run the NY Times. Already they have changed the name of the Scholastic Aptitude Test to SAT because it no longer measures aptitude.
The College Board and the colleges are sitting on data that show that race and socioeconomic status are their best predictors of college success. But that clashes with their plans for demographic displacement.
The original article said:
“We’ve got to admit the truth, that wealth inequality has progressed to such a degree that it isn’t fair to look at test scores alone,” Mr. Coleman recently told The Associated Press. “You must look at them in context of the adversity students face.”Not fair? Note that he is no longer talking about how scores predict later success. He thinks that the meritocracy is unfair to the lesser students. He wants to use test scores as a tool to remake society towards his leftist ideological goals.
Update: The NY Times published an op-ed by a black guy attacking the adversity score:
It cannot — and does not — attempt to assess the mental toll of being called a “monkey” on your walk home, ... Though the adversity index uses proxies, “The purpose is to get to race without using race,” ... pseudoscientific index of oppression.Yes, one of the purposes of big data today is to use proxies for race.
Update: The NY Times has another article explaining that colleges need a proxy for race, so that they can legally practice racial discrimination.