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SAT to Give Students ‘Adversity Score’ to Capture Social and Economic Background

damon30damon30 1147 replies5 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,152 Senior Member
Here is the Wall Street Journal link: https://www.wsj.com/articles/sat-to-give-students-adversity-score-to-capture-social-and-economic-background-11557999000
The College Board plans to assign an adversity score to every student who takes the SAT to try to capture their social and economic background, jumping into the debate raging over race and class in college admissions.

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This new number, called an adversity score by college admissions officers, is calculated using 15 factors including the crime rate and poverty levels from the student’s high school and neighborhood. Students won’t be told the scores, but colleges will see the numbers when reviewing their applications.

On the dashboard, the score is called “Overall Disadvantage Level.” An adversity score of 50 is average. Anything above it designates hardship, below it privilege. The College Board declined to say how it calculates the adversity score or weighs the factors that go into it.

Fifty colleges used the score last year as part of a beta test. The College Board plans to expand it to 150 institutions this fall, and then use it broadly ...
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  • Mwfan1921Mwfan1921 1834 replies23 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,857 Senior Member
    edited May 16
    Somewhere this came up in a thread last year.....assuming it is this environmental context report that CollegeBoard has already made available to admissions departments https://professionals.collegeboard.org/environmental-context-dashboard

    Yale was one of the schools in the pilot program https://yaledailynews.com/blog/2018/09/21/new-college-board-tool-helps-admissions-officers/

    I would be interested in hearing from AOs if this data really adds anything, as they already know an applicant's zip code (I know the collegeboard report gets more granular than zip) and high school. Zip code and high school probably adequately explain environmental context for a majority of applicants.

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  • Ralph8221Ralph8221 2 replies0 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2 New Member
    Does anyone know how to access their Adversity Score?
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  • damon30damon30 1147 replies5 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,152 Senior Member
    edited May 16
    Does anyone know how to access their Adversity Score?
    @Ralph8221
    No, only the schools get it. See the link in reply #3. In fact, CB may be giving schools student info from their own site:
    Once a college joins the research partnership, the institution will have two options for viewing the Dashboard: via links to individual student dashboards via a secure web interface, or an integrated view within existing CRMs. (Please email us for further information.)

    Btw, the WSJ article is firewalled, sorry about. The OP quotes were pieced together by repeatedly Googling quotes from the "snippets" until no more new text came up.

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  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 41142 replies445 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 41,587 Senior Member
    edited May 16
    Beside the HS and zip code,the individual students' answer wrt First gen, free lunch... Could be cross referenced easily and could go much further than just zip code.
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  • squ1rrelsqu1rrel 255 replies21 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 276 Junior Member
    Is there the list of 15 factors??
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  • vpa2019vpa2019 497 replies10 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 507 Member
    edited May 16
    @squ1rrel yes they are laid out in the article but the main 3 are: neighborhood environment, family environment, high school environment with 4 subsets within each.
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  • Twoin18Twoin18 1387 replies16 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,403 Senior Member
    The article groups it as follows:

    Neighborhood environment: Crime rate, poverty rate, housing values, vacancy rate

    Family environment: Median income, single parent, education level, ESL

    High school environment: Undermatching, curriculum rigor, free lunch rate, AP opportunity

    (And yes that's only 12 not 15 separate factors).
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  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 41142 replies445 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 41,587 Senior Member
    They also include class size.
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