University of California unable to use ACT, SAT, judge rules

Admissions officers at the University of California (UC) system will have to find new ways to judge prospective students after a judge on Monday 31 August ruled that ACT and SAT scores cannot be used as a factor, writes Kate Feldman for the New York Daily News.

The UC system had already moved to the optional submission of test scores, but Alameda County Superior Court Judge Brad Seligman said even that provided a “second look” to only some students. “The barriers faced by students with disabilities have been greatly exacerbated by the COVID-19 epidemic, which has disrupted test-taking locations, closed schools and limited access to school counsellors,” Seligman wrote in his ruling.

In May, the board of regents voted to suspend the standardised testing requirements for applicants until at least 2024, at which point they would re-evaluate. Seligman’s ruling was in response to a lawsuit that argued disabled students face “formidable barriers” when forced to take standardised tests, especially during a pandemic.
Full report on the New York Daily News site