The “test alternative” policy on most UC campuses cites privileged, non-disabled students as “second glance” at admission, said Almada County Superior Court Judge Brad Seligman, who made the initial injunction in the case of Kavica Smith v. Regiment Was released. University of California on Tuesday.
At the same time, he said, the “second form” would disallow less privileged students and students with disabilities who are unable to access the test. Therefore, the conclusion is to perform all tests simultaneously.
But the judge’s decision went even further on Monday, prohibiting the consideration of the marks of the students who still chose him to submit.
In a statement, a spokesperson at the University of California said it “disagreed with the court’s decision.”
“An injunction may interfere with the university’s efforts to implement an appropriate and comprehensive admissions policies and to attract students of diverse backgrounds and experiences and their ability,” the spokesperson said.
The UC system said it is considering further legal action in the case, and pointed to an increase in low-income and first-generation college-student admissions for the fall of 2020.
SAT and ACT did not immediately respond to CNN’s requests for comment.
The plaintiff in Kavika Smith. The University of California Regents has five individual students and six organizations: College Access Plan, Little Manila Rising, Dolores Huerta Foundation, College Seekers, Sugar for Affirmative Action, and Community Aviation.
As the largest university system in the country, the governance of UC is monumental. Many students and advocates insisted on the removal of these necessary standardized tests, arguing that they do not really reflect a student’s academic ability.
Research has repeatedly proven that students from wealthier families score higher on the SAT and ACT than students in low-income families.
Alicia Lee of CNN contributed to this report.