Some California lawmakers are looking to make SAT testing a thing of the past.
The proposal comes in the wake of what’s being called the largest college admissions scandal in US history.
Lawmakers pointed to the recent scandal, saying it raises concerns over the testing industry.
They said it shows if you have money you can buy a better score.
Sacramento assemblyman Kevin McCarty is one legislator looking for a change. “This scandal shines a spotlight on the whole issue of the testing industry,” he said.
“You know what we should think about doing is just scrapping the whole thing and focusing on just the old fashion way, your grades in your class and your application, which looks at your extra curricular activities — your life experiences,” McCarty said.
Laura Mahoney, who runs a Central Valley college prep center said standardized tests level the playing field.
“When you’ve got students from all over the world, not just the country, applying to colleges there’s only so many standardized norms that are available. A GPA can be inflated at one school versus another school district,” Mahoney said.
She pointed out cheating is not limited to the SAT’s. “You also have cheating in the schools, so your high school students A, what is that if they cheated to get that A?,” she said.
Mahoney said in addition to test scores, colleges place high importance on applicant’s character.
“They’re looking for people who are philanthropic on their own, not just belong to every club in school, but what do they do on their own to make life better in their own community?,” Mahoney said.