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University System of Georgia reinstates ACT, SAT requirement

The University System of Georgia is requiring for next school year’s round of admissions either ACT or SAT test scores from all applying students.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Get Schooled Blog reports that this is part of a larger push by the system to firmly return Georgia’s schools to the pre-COVID status quo.

The system said in a statement that it had “asked all campuses to plan for resuming normal operations for the Fall 2021 semester.”

Further, Get Schooled’s Maureen Downey points out that the system has declined to require incoming and returning students to show proof of vaccinations to be educated at Georgia’s public higher educational institutions, “despite calls by faculty” for just that.

Get Schooled notes that “In August [2020], USG followed most of its peer systems and waived test score requirements for spring, summer and fall 2021 admission to its 26 campuses. However, the waiver was only for one year.”

The fact that the system is now returning to testing as usual appears to incense Robert Schaeffer, executive director of the National Center for Fair & Open Testing.

“The politically appointed University System of Georgia Board of Regents, most of whom are not educators, are bucking a strong national trend by refusing to extend ACT/SAT optional policies for at least another year,” Schaeffer said in response to the decision.

Read the whole blog post.

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