Woke Colleges

Did you take the SATs to try to get into college? Your kids may not have to.

More than 1,300 schools have become “test optional,” meaning students need not submit SAT scores. Some, like the entire University of California system, now won’t even look at scores.

There are seemingly legitimate reasons to oppose the tests. Richer kids often get tutoring that gives them an advantage.

Critics claim the tests are culturally biased and say that’s why Blacks and Latinos don’t score as well. But that doesn’t explain why Asians do so well. In fact, Asians get the best SAT scores.

I assume it’s more about culture and parenting. Kids raised in front of the TV do poorly. Those encouraged to read do better. Kids who spend time talking to adults do better.

Bob Schaeffer, executive director at FairTest, an advocacy group that helped persuade colleges to dump tests, says testing companies just want to make money.

“These are businesses selling products,” Schaeffer says in my new video. “The College Board is a billion-dollar a year business.”

I ask him what’s wrong with the tests themselves. He replies, “The SAT and ACT are inferior predictors of college performance.”

It is true that high school grades predict 33% of college grades, while tests predict 32%. But that is just barely “inferior.” Combining grades and SATs predicts 42% of college grades, which makes the tests useful.

Also, tests can help the smart student who, for whatever reason, doesn’t do well in high school.

“It’s the diamond in the rough argument,” Schaeffer responds. “There are actually very few examples of that being true.”

I believed him until I looked at College Board data. It shows that students with C grades in high school, but great SAT scores, do better in college than A+ students with low SAT scores.

Without tests, schools often choose students based on parental connections or donations.

Tiwalayo Aina, a Black student at MIT, got good SAT scores. He tweeted, “The SAT is fairer than the alternative: needing my parents to connect me with a … professor.”

I say to FairTest’s Schaeffer, “By eliminating tests, you’re screwing the minority student who is really smart, but goes to a lousy high school, has family problems and got low grades.”

“That student would have shown brilliantly in her high school classes,” is Schaeffer’s reply.

Wall Street Journal columnist Jason Riley says colleges scrapped tests to make it easier for administrators to control how many people from each racial group attend their college. Without an objective standard, who’s to say an administrator’s admission picks are wrong?

“It really is about making these campuses look right. … It’s not about learning,” says Riley.

“If you want more diversity,” he adds, “Open up more of these charter schools (like the ones that are) able to prepare kids for these tests.”

Some charters, the Success Academies, do that well. Sadly, those charters are criticized and limited by politicians because they are not under the control of teachers unions.

Ending limits on charters and allowing school choice, says Riley, would do much more to close the race gap than dropping SATs. “Eliminate the test, you’re just going to delay where it shows up elsewhere in this child’s life. You’re not doing that child any favor.”

What’s wrong with these schools saying we want a more diverse student body?

“There’s this assumption,” says Riley, “We just get these kids in the door and they’ll be fine. No, they won’t! They’re being set up to fail. I see no progress in getting a bunch of Black kids admitted to MIT, and then having them flunk out or struggle. They don’t need to be struggling. They could go be going to another school and doing quite well.”

But woke educators want to eliminate tests.

And these days, what the woke want, the woke get.

Photo by Nguyen Dang Hoang Nhu on Unsplash

5 thoughts on “Woke Colleges

  1. Why is everyone afraid to mention differences in iq averages between the races? Sooner or later we must come to terms with the realities of biology or we will waste our most talented and intelligent for those of less intelligence, talent and ability. No nation can squander their best and hope to compete and survive.

  2. We need to lose about 80% of the current colleges and universities. Most of them are simply criminal fronts designed to swindle kids out of there future with ridiculous student loan debt, and most of them then proceed to teach the kids that they are not even responsible for that debt.

  3. The kids admitted to the universities most likely won’t fail, because the WOKE culture will soon find a way to enact laws that way it’s racist to grade them at all.
    Our country’s WOKE culture doesn’t have a clue what a detriment their actions are doing to our society, our freedoms, national security and pride in the Free World we once lived in. They are creating a society that feels entitled to everything while giving nothing, who have no respect for the men and women who protect our nation from foreign enemies or for how a true democracy is supposed to work.
    I worry for my children and grandchildren and pray that what I see coming is just paranoia. Unfortunately, I don’t believe that’s the case. The corporations and media outlets supporting these efforts will suffer too. Our nation will be broke and free enterprise will be a thing of the past.
    Shame on the radical left and the elected officials allowing it.

  4. I came from a lower income family and am 3/4 white and 1/4 native, could not go to college
    after h.s. joined military. After military I went to college and took an entrance exam, scored above average in most areas 84% approx. The test I was told was similar to ACT. It does not make me feel inferior to asians cause overall they do better than whites. Stop coddling black people like children.

  5. This is crazy stuff! Kids need to take pre testing to enter any college. Who dreams up these strange ideas and then sells them to the government? Ginny

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