Thoughts on “Disadvantage Scores” in college admissions. [npr.org]
Getting the most value out of everyone is key to a successful society - for every capable person who's overlooked is a lost opportunity. It’s been argued that the college admissions sorting process often overlooks capable candidates who scored poorly on the SAT. The College Board, who runs the SAT, just announced that they’re expanding a program, called the “Environmental Context Dashboard” (ECD), that tries to score each student economic and social disadvantages. The purpose is to highlight lower SAT-scoring students who may have done better if they grew up in a better environment.
It is expected that participating colleges will admit students based on a combination both the ECD and SAT such as: Score = a SAT + b ECD.
The IDW often stresses the important of equality of opportunity. Does the ECD have the potential to help? What would you need to know to be in favor of it? What could go wrong?