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Why Schools Are Deciding Standardized Tests Don’t Predict Success

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10min 49sec
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Colorado College in Colorado Springs is one of the latest schools to adopt a test-optional admissions policy. That means students aren't required to submit scores on tests like the SAT and ACT, but they can if they want. Colorado College's Vice President for Enrollment Mark Hatch says the school determined that a student’s performance in high school is a much better predictor of college success than standardized tests and that wealthier students have an advantage on the tests. He also says they can distract students from more important things like extra-curricular activities. We also speak with Akil Bello, who founded Bell Curves, a test prep company. Bello has studied the benefits and drawbacks of standardized tests.