“The changes announced were clearly designed to preserve the main SAT and the Advanced Placement program.”
By Scott Jaschik
The College Board’s announcement last week that it is killing the SAT Subject Tests and the SAT Essay was both rumored for some time and a surprise.
Many had speculated that the board would be forced by the pandemic to make major changes. In the fall, it turned away hundreds of thousands of students who registered for the SAT (the main SAT and subject tests) because of test-site closures. And the vast majority of colleges are now test optional or test blind, at least for this year, meaning they will not even look at an SAT or ACT score when deciding whether to admit a student. The changes announced were clearly designed to preserve the main SAT and the Advanced Placement program.
But what of the College Board? “The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity,” the organization’s website declares. “Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education.”
Many observers — some of them long-standing critics and others sometime fans — say the College Board will be smaller and less influential in the future…
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