I chose that phrase as the title of this note because the College Board has adopted Blue as the official color for its test materials --- SAT to AP and more. ACT uses the color “brick red”. Where are they going? The U.C. Regents announced a 5 year plan to phase out the SAT and ACT. You can read about that here. You will have to work a bit harder to unpack what this all really means. Let’s walk through it together:
The language they are using is very important. It is chosen to shape a kind of direction that the campus officials in the U.C. System are going to be required to follow --- or find work elsewhere. Phase out: This means over the next 5 years ACT and SAT scores will be given the following considerations as admissions factors:
Feasibility Study: During the next 5 years, the University of California will conduct research on the feasibility of creating its own admissions test. Such a test will attempt to eliminate the perceived cultural and economic biases of the current tests. If the results of this study do not yield an adequate test at the end of the 5 year period, the consensus now seems to be that the admissions committees will continue to “remain blind” to scores submitted after 2025. What they specifically mean by “remain blind” has not been clarified in sufficient detail to serve as a ground for any reliable plan. What experience shows is that “some form” of stop gap measure will certainly be suggested. These details we will consider next. Implications California has been a genuine trail blazer in countless ways throughout history. From the Gold in the Hills to the Gold of Silicon Valley, California has often led the United States, if not the World in innovations. The U.C. Regents decision to “phase out” SAT and ACT scores represents what may be to the history of American education, what the minor “foreshocks” on the Hayward fault may be to California’s own volatile seismic history --- a harbinger of doom. We can push the analogy a bit further however. Even if a serious seismic event does occur, that does not mean the end of seismic events in California. In the same way, say the event in California education spawns a crushing blow to SAT and ACT adherents nation --- if not world --- wide, it does not mean the end of educational testing. While “foreshocks” in Hayward might mean an end to life as we know it in Hayward, it does not mean the end of Hayward. You might as well say that an earthquake in California spells doom for California --- hardly! And so is the case here. Now let’s examine what this really means:
We suggest the following concerns to be aware of --- in order of importance:
In short, stay safe, stay studying, and don’t forget to stay sane! As much as things are changing, the principles of what make a student great remain the same. Of course if you want to talk to a BEEC Education Consultant about these changes or any other education needs, we are always here and can be contacted here.