Tag: Admissions Standards

Your Questions about the New Adversity Score on the SAT, Answered

The College Board, the company that administers the SAT exam, unveiled a new tool for admissions officers this week that measures the economic and social adversity that test takers have faced. The adversity score, which the College Board calls a measure of “disadvantage,” is meant to help schools diversify their student bodies without looking explicitly […]

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The SAT’s Bogus ‘Adversity Score’

Between my freshman and senior years of high school in the late ’90s, my father spent his evenings, weekends and vacations drilling my best friend and me for our SATs. My father was born black in the 1930s in the segregated South and became the first member of his family to go to college, let […]

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SAT Will Add ‘Adversity Score’ That Takes Students’ Hardships Into Account

The College Board, the company that administers the SAT exam taken by about two million students a year, will for the first time assess students not just on their math and verbal skills, but also on their educational and socioeconomic backgrounds, entering a fraught battle over the fairness of high-stakes testing. The company announced on […]

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SAT to Add ‘Adversity Score’ That Rates Students’ Hardships

The SAT, the college entrance test taken by about two millions students a year, is adding an “adversity score” to the test results that is intended to help admissions officers account for factors like educational or socioeconomic disadvantage that may depress students’ scores, the College Board, the company that administers the test, said Thursday. Colleges […]

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His Father Paid $400,000 to Get Him Into Georgetown. Now He’s Suing the School.

Georgetown University said Wednesday that it planned to dismiss two students connected to the college admissions scandal. Just hours earlier, one of those students, Adam Semprevivo, whose father has pleaded guilty in the case, sued Georgetown for threatening to expel him, saying that the university had denied him due process and that it should have […]

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Chinese Family Reportedly Paid $6.5 Million for Spot at Stanford

The family of a former student at Stanford paid $6.5 million to try to get her admitted as a recruited athlete, although they have not been charged in the sweeping college admissions scandal, according to a person with direct knowledge of the investigation. The student, Yusi Zhao, was admitted to Stanford in 2017. Her parents […]

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L.A.’s Elite on Edge as Prosecutors Pursue More Parents in Admissions Scandal

LOS ANGELES — Federal prosecutors are pursuing a new set of parents in the college admissions fraud scandal, sending ripples of fear through elite circles in Southern California and stirring speculation about which well-heeled executive or celebrity might be the next to be charged. The prosecutors have informed some of the parents — the exact […]

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The Ethicist: Almost All the Colleges I Wanted to Go to Rejected Me. Now What?

I am a high school senior who was recently rejected from nearly all the schools I wished to attend this fall. I have been left heartbroken by this turn of events, and I’m not quite sure how to measure my reaction around others. I was accepted into a good state university close to home, from […]

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Big Money Enters Debate Over Race and Admissions at Stuyvesant

Ronald S. Lauder, the billionaire cosmetics heir, and Richard D. Parsons, the former chairman of Citigroup, have for decades had their hands in New York City affairs. Mr. Lauder ran a failed bid for mayor and successfully led a campaign for term limits for local elected officials. Mr. Parsons has been a prominent adviser to […]

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Felicity Huffman Should Get Prison Time in Admissions Scandal, Prosecutors Say

Prosecutors argued that the Hollywood actress Felicity Huffman should get a prison sentence between four and 10 months for paying a college consultant to arrange for cheating on her daughter’s SAT, court documents show. The prosecutors plan to push for the low end of that range. The prosecutors’ recommendation for prison time in the case […]

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Facing Segregated Schools, Parents Took Integration Into Their Own Hands. It’s Working.

For months, in two of New York City’s most politically progressive neighborhoods, parents debated what to do about their deeply segregated schools. Now, after adopting a series of initiatives last year following many spirited and emotionally charged discussions, these neighborhoods are starting to see swift changes in enrollment, according to city data released on Monday. […]

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Five Lies Our Culture Tells

Four years ago, in the midst of the Obama presidency, I published a book called “The Road to Character.” American culture seemed to be in decent shape and my focus was on how individuals can deepen their inner lives. This week, in the midst of the Trump presidency, I’ve got another book, “The Second Mountain.” […]

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Lori Loughlin Enters Not Guilty Pleas in College Admissions Scandal

The actress Lori Loughlin, one of the most high-profile defendants in the college admissions bribery case, is pleading not guilty to the charges against her, court documents showed on Monday. Ms. Loughlin’s not guilty plea comes a week after 13 other parents, including the actress Felicity Huffman, indicated that they would plead guilty in what […]

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Lori Loughlin Enters Not Guilty Plea in College Admissions Case

The actress Lori Loughlin, one of the most high-profile defendants in the college admissions bribery case, is pleading not guilty to the charges against her, court documents showed on Monday. Ms. Loughlin waived her right to appear in court for an arraignment, after being indicted last week on a count of conspiracy to commit fraud […]

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A Few More Black Students Are Offered Spots at Stuyvesant, Fanning Fresh Uproar

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The news last month that only seven black students were offered seats at Stuyvesant High School, New York City’s most selective public high school, incited a national uproar about merit, race and class in education. This week, officials said […]

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Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman: 1 Scandal, 2 Actresses, Diverging Paths

LOS ANGELES — On television, they both have played doting mothers who could do no wrong. Now, the Hollywood actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin find themselves as the twin public faces of a sprawling college admissions bribery scheme — the best-known symbols of presumptuous entitlement at the center of widespread ire. But even as […]

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Texas Tech Medical School Will Stop Considering Race in Admissions

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center will stop considering race or ethnicity in deciding whether to admit applicants, as part of an agreement with the federal Education Department. The president of the Health Sciences Center signed the agreement in February, 14 years after the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights began investigating a complaint filed […]

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Lori Loughlin and 15 Others Face New Charges in College Admissions Scandal

Federal prosecutors brought new money laundering charges against the Hollywood actress Lori Loughlin and 15 other parents in the college admissions case on Tuesday, raising the legal stakes for parents who have not said they would plead guilty in the case. Prosecutors said on Monday that 13 of the 33 parents charged in the case, […]

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