The Daily Californian reported the University of California system is considering replacing the ACT and SAT with the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) as a requirement for freshman admission.
We find this a bit perplexing. In March, the Policy Analysis for California Education found the SAT is slightly more predictive of freshmen academic performance than the SBAC. And, while we’re all for competition, particularly after the latest reports of the compromised August SAT test, we’re not sure how college applicants benefit if they have an additional standardized test to take.
If the SBAC became the sole required standardized test, as opposed to just another option, we’re confident application volumes would take a significant drop. If, however, the SBAC becomes an additional testing option, it could further incentivize the ACT and SAT to better secure their tests.