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U. of California leaders support dropping use of SAT, ACT

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Posted at 10:10 AM, Nov 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-23 13:10:48-05

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Top leaders at the University of California say they support dropping the SAT and ACT exams from admission requirement.

UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol T. Christ, along with the UC system’s chief academic officer, said Friday that research has convinced them that performance on the tests is so strongly influenced by family income, parents’ education and race, that using them for college admissions decision is unfair.

The Los Angeles Times reports the positions announced on Friday came as the UC system and California State University continue to review the use of standardized tests.

Dozens of U.S. universities have moved away from relying on college entrance exams. Over the last year, nearly 50 schools have made SAT and ACT scores optional, joining about 1,000 others that already made the change.