The SAT is computing an “adversity score” for college applicants. Using crime rates, property prices, poverty rates, and whether there is a “Checks Cashed for Less” in your neighborhood, the SAT will assign each applicant an adversity score. This new metric is a means for getting factors other than grades and test scores into the admissions process. With all the challenges to the use of race as an admissions factor, the SAT is turning to economic and geographic factors.
Congrats, SAT! Now you have made things a lot easier for the wealthy parents who were throwing down $15,000 to $1.6 million to get their fake-athlete kids admitted or their test scores raised. Now, with the adversity score, the wealthy parents can purchase a home in a blighted area and use that address. Their children will have South LA adversity, and will be in for the cost of a cheap home.
Wherever we have metrics, people game the system. Cheating on tests, faking athleticism. Those were tall orders. We will now have a system where the gaming comes easily, thank to the wizards of smart at the SAT.