Putting Education Reform To The Test

SAT Tests Favor White, Male Students, Book Argues

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A new book is making a claim against a college admissions staple: the SATs.

“SAT Wars” author Joseph Soares says SAT scores are weak predictors of college performance. And he argues the high stakes test tends to cater to white, male students with upper income backgrounds, according to the New York Times.

His book points to racial biases against minorities in the SAT verbal section and gender biases against females in the math section.

In an interview with The Choice, Soares said, “high school grades are the single most powerful predictor of college performance.” And in his book, he encourages colleges to look beyond SAT scores and make the test optional.

Several Florida colleges and universities have already decided to make the SATs optional, according to Fairtest.org. See the list below.

And you can read the full New York Times article on “SAT Wars” here.

Florida schools with optional SATs:

  • American College of Pre-hospital Medicine, Navaree
  • American Intercontinental University, Fort Lauderdale
  • Angley College, Deland
  • Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale
  • Beacon College, Rock Ledge
  • Carlos Albizu University, Miami
  • Chipola College, Marianna
  • City College, Fort Lauderdale
  • DeVry University, Orlando
  • Edison State College, Fort Myers
  • Edward Waters College, Jacksonville
  • Everest University, Miami, Brandon, Jacksonville, Lakeland, Melbourne, North Orlando, Orange Park, Pinellas, Pompano Beach, South Orlando, Tampa
  • Everglades University, Fort Lauderdale
  • Florida State College, Jacksonville
  • Hobe Sound Bible College, Hobe Sound
  • Hodges University, Naples
  • International Academy of Design and Technology, Orlando, Tampa
  • International Fine Arts College (Miami International University of Art and Design), Miami
  • ITT Technical Institute, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Maitland, Miami, Tampa
  • Johnson & Wales University, North Miami, Jacksonville
  • Keiser University, Fort Lauderdale
  • Miami Dade College, Miami
  • Northwest Florida State College, Niceville
  • Remington College, Tampa
  • Ringling College of Art & Design, Sarasota
  • Saint Leo University, Sanit Leo
  • Saint Thomas University, Saint Thomas
  • Schiller International University, Dunedin
  • South University: West Palm Beach campus, West Palm Beach
  • Southeastern College of the Assemblies of God, Lakeland
  • St. Petersburg College. St. Petersburg
  • Talmudic College of Florida, Miami Beach
  • Yeshiva Gedolah Rabbinical College, Miami Beach


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