SAT adding 'adversity score' intended to help level playing field for high school students

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Friday, May 17, 2019

The Adversity Score factors in 15 different factors from each student including quality of high school and crime and poverty statistics. (Source: CNN)

(WRDW/WAGT) -- The College Board, the group that administers the SAT, is adding a new metric to the college entrance exam -- the "adversity score."

The new metric is intended to help level the playing field using 15 factors ranging from the quality of a student's high school to the crime and poverty in their neighborhoods.

"What this tool allows us to see is there is so much more talent out there than a test score reveals alone," College Board CEO David Coleman said.

One hundred and fifty schools are expected to use it this fall and it will be rolled out more broadly in 2020.