Taking A Deep Dive Into the College Board's New Adversity Score

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Last month, the College Board announced the introduction of a new “adversity score" on the SAT score report that will be officially launched this year, starting with 150 colleges who will use it as part of their admissions review processes. A pilot program for the new adversity index began in 2017 with 10 colleges and later expanded to 50 colleges.

The adversity score ranges from 1 to 100 (100 being the highest disadvantage) and is based on a compilation of data about the student's SAT score, high school and neighborhood, which the College Board is calling the Environmental Context Dashboard(ECD). The ECD aims to give universities an idea of the “overall disadvantage level" that students have faced based on their social, economic and family backgrounds. According to the College Board, “The robust data included in the Dashboard shines a light on students who have demonstrated resourcefulness to overcome challenges and achieve more with less."

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