The University of California system cannot use SAT and ACT tests for admissions, judge rules

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.

The news comes months after the standardized testing requirements were waived by 2024, with its board of regents voting unanimously. A news release from May stated that if a new test did not take place by 2025, the system would eliminate the standardized testing requirement for California students.

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.

“The current COVID 19 epidemic has banned the availability of testing sites,” Seligman said in his ruling. “While test taking opportunities have been limited for all students, for individuals with disabilities, the ability to obtain accommodation or even to locate test locations suitable for testing is ‘almost zero’.”

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.

According to a 2015 analysis by Inside Higher Aid, the lowest average score for each part of the SAT is less than $ 20,000 in students’ family income. The highest scores came from people with a family income of over $ 200,000.
And when it comes to race, “Hispanic and African-American students from comparable socioeconomic families scored lower than their Asian-American and white peers,” according to 2013 “Race, Poverty, and SAT Scores.”
More than 50 schools have dropped the ACT / SAT requirement to 2021 in view of the falling health epidemic.

Alicia Lee of CNN contributed to this report.