ARLINGTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The way colleges assess your child’s SAT scores could be changing. The College Board is rolling out a new system that assigns test takers an “adversity score.”
The score, officially known as the Environmental Context Dashboard, is based on the environment the student grew up in.READ MORE: Tarrant County Public Health Director Talks With Concerned Moms About Kids, Classrooms And COVID-19
There are 15 factors that contribute to the score. They include the student’s local crime rate, poverty rate, whether the student has a single parent, median income and the availability of AP classes. Together they add up an overall score that only the universities will be able to view.READ MORE: At Least 10 Dead, More Than A Dozen Injured After Overloaded Van Carrying Migrants Crashes In South Texas
So far, 50 universities have tested out the program, including the University of Texas school system. In the fall, the program plans to expand to 150 schools.MORE NEWS: 'Wow, There Goes The Ground': North Texan Wally Funk Shares Story Of Her Dream Journey Into Space
The “adversity score” announcement comes two months after federal prosecutors indicted dozens of people in what’s been dubbed “Operation Varsity Blues” where parents paid money to get their kids into elite colleges.