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Why the University of California System Is Wrong to Ditch the SAT

The University of California system has taken a step that should surprise nobody — declaring that its admissions will henceforth be “test-free.”  Use of the SAT was suspended a couple of years ago and now we get the announcement that there is no satisfactory alternative.

Supposedly, high-school grades are the superior predictor of academic achievement, but that strains credulity. Some high schools have high standards and lots of motivated students; others have low standards and a barely literate student can look like a superstar. Mixing them at a UC campus is very problematic.

What UC is aiming at is a poorly disguised racial-quota system so the top schools won’t have too many Asians.

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.


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