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Colleges have access to a huge database with information about virtually every high school in North America and which is expanding constantly with additions from around the world. Standardized tests may have been more necessary years ago but certainly aren't essential today.
If this country tried to move to a system of national school leaving tests, and those tests were used by elite colleges as part of the admissions decision, people would immediately begin trying to game the system just as they do in other countries.
Standardized testing worked too well. That is the reason for modifying them again and again. They affect the transmission of privilege from generation to generation. I suspect the idea is to make them irrelevant so they can be phased out all together. It was a much more "innocent" time when they came up with the SAT.
Well, I think the parents were also taken advantage of by Singer's con man tactics. ~Calmom
As for transparency, it's there to be found. Try it. Be smart.
Every time I reveal something of how admissions works where I am, realize how many people tell me, "No." Kids to long time adult poster arguers. Lol.