Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

NAACP Begins Campaign to De-Emphasize Admissions Test Scores

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

NAACP Begins Campaign to De-Emphasize Admissions Test Scores

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LOS ANGELES -- The national NAACP, criticizing college placement tests as unreliable and unfair to minorities, is appealing to American colleges and universities to stop using the tests as the primary factor in selecting students for admission.

But a resolution adopted by the civil rights organization's directors says until colleges reduce their reliance on tests, states have an obligation to provide funds to help minority students prepare for the SAT and ACT, the two major tests use by admissions officials.

The organization, which announced its latest campaign here last month, is holding up California's College Preparation Partnership Program as an example other states should follow. California provided money in its current budget for courses for about 30,000 low-income high school students who are preparing for the tests.

The NAACP, the Princeton Review and Sallie Mae, the nation's largest issuer of college loans, will sponsor clinics Saturday in eight cities for more than 1,000 students.

Jay Rosner, director of The Princeton Review Foundation, the nation's largest SAT preparation company, says that the resolution adopted by the NAACP board "is a cutting edge kind of position that they are taking. …

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