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The SAT helps, not hurts, racial minorities: essay

Standardized testing does not hurt racial minorities, but rather it helps them, a USA TODAY columnist noted recently.

Columnist Ingrid Jacques gave credit to Dartmouth College for bringing back standardized test scores in admissions.

“Why is it doing that? Dartmouth researchers used the years-long pause to study the actual impact of the policy’s absence,” Jacques wrote. “Turns out that was a smart idea.”

She noted Dartmouth had identified standardized tests as a way to help students who might otherwise get accepted.

The USA TODAY columnist wrote:

Counter to the progressive groupthink on this issue, the study found that low-income students are actually harmed when SAT or ACT scores aren’t considered in their admissions application. The researchers discovered economically disadvantaged students had withheld their test scores when it was optional, mistakenly believing they were too low.

She gave examples of K-12 schools that were trying to reduce honors coursework and other advanced learning opportunities.

“Forcing this fake kind of ‘equity’ by lowering standards and removing opportunities for students is disturbing,” she wrote. “I hope Dartmouth’s reinstatement of the standardized test requirement compels more DEI warriors to rethink some seriously misguided ideas.”

Read the full essay.

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