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Colorado lawmakers are looking to make standardized tests optional for college admission

This story was originally published by Chalkbeat Colorado. More in chalkbeat.org.

Written by Jason Gonzalez Colorado chalk

Students will no longer be required to take the SAT or ACT when applying to public colleges in Colorado under proposed legislation aimed at making higher education more accessible to low-income and first-generation college applicants who often do not do well on standardized tests.

status Representative Cathy Cape And the state Senator. Tammy storyWhen the chambers return to the session, both Democrats are planning to introduce legislation that would allow public colleges and universities to move into optional admission to the test. Students can still submit results if they choose to.

Legislators made the tests optional for 2021 high school graduates who apply to Colorado schools. The coronavirus has caused disruptions across the state in accessing the SAT, and state officials have waived requirements for schools to offer the test. The proposed legislation would make this change permanent.

Kip said allowing elective admission to the test would increase first-time, low-income college students and other under-represented students at state higher education institutions, most of which favor the change.

“What we learned is that test scores are not even a very good indicator of whether children will succeed in college,” said Kip. “So why put this barrier in front of colleges and universities that want to involve those children who have the potential to succeed?”

But critics of the plan doubt it will do much to create a level playing field in college admissions. They say entrance exams provide a benchmark by which colleges can judge readiness among students.

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