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VICTORY! UC System Can No Longer Consider SAT and ACT in Admissions

After filing a lawsuit against the Regents of the University of California over eight months ago because of its use of the SAT and ACT in its admissions process, student and organizational plaintiffs prevailed in removing the standardized tests from the UC admissions policy. 

Read the original complaint and media coverage here.

The decision recognized that the use of the tests at UC campuses would create a two-tier system inaccessible to students with disabilities and ultimately harmful to students. The decision reflects the weight of testimony from leading experts on disability discrimination, racial and socioeconomic inequities in education and standardized testing. 

“Judge Seligman’s historic decision puts an end to racist tests that deprived countless California students of color, students with disabilities, and students from low income families of a fair shot at admissions to the UC system,” said Mark Rosenbaum, Director of Public Counsel’s Opportunity Under Law project. “The decision correctly recognized that what the Regents had done was set up a test optional scheme for students without disabilities, rank discrimination that treated students with disabilities as if they were disposable and of no value to the UC system. It’s a low point for the Regents that a lawsuit had to be the vehicle to eliminate meaningless tests that they had publicly acknowledged as ‘racist,’ serving no purpose other than to boost the chances for privileged students who could access expensive prep courses to be taught the ‘tricks’ to answering biased questions. There’s never been such a thing as a level playing field to admissions for our most underrepresented students, but this ruling at least evened that field a significant bit.”

Read the full press release here. 

Media Coverage:

LA Times, "UC must immediately drop use of the SAT and ACT for admissions and scholarships, judge rules", September 1

San Francisco Chronicle, "Judge bars University of California from all use of SAT, ACT scores in admissions", September 1 

Ed Source, "University of California must stop all use of SAT and ACT in admissions, judge orders", September 1

The Chronicle of Higher Education, "Court Bars U. of California From Using ACT and SAT for Fall-2021 Admissions", September 1

Education Dive, "Judge orders UC System to drop ACT, SAT in admissions", September 1

Inside Higher Ed, "U of California Barred From Considering SAT/ACT Scores", September 2

Forbes, "A Court Orders The University Of California Not To Use The SAT Or ACT During The Pandemic", September 1

CNN, "University of California System can't use SAT and ACT tests for admissions, judge rules", September 1

NBC News, "University of California must stop considering ACT, SAT in admissions, judge rules", September 1

USA Today, "University of California system can no longer consider SAT, ACT results in admissions, judge rules" September 2

Courthouse News, "Judge Bars University of California From Using SAT, ACT for Admissions", September 1

Bloomberg Law, "Racial Equality Advocates Embrace Win in California SAT Lawsuit" September 1

Daily Cal, "Court rules UC can no longer consider SAT, ACT in admissions", September 1

Daily Bruin, "Judge issues preliminary injunction to bar SAT, ACT scores in UC admissions", September 1

LAist, "Judge Blocks SAT, ACT Scores For Admission On All UC Campuses", September 1

Davis Enterprise, "UC must immediately stop using the SAT and ACT, judge rules", September 1

UPI, "Judge bars University of California from using SAT, ACT", September 2