Florida expected to approve exam as competitor to the SAT

The Classic Learning Test (CLT) is the United States college admissions exam that most students have never heard of. An alternative to the SAT and ACT for only a small number of mostly religious colleges, the test is known for its emphasis on the Western canon, with a big dose of Christian thought. But on Friday 8 September, Florida’s public university system is expected to become the first state system to approve the CLT for use in admissions, writes Dana Goldstein for The New York Times.

“We are always seeking ways to improve,” said Ray Rodrigues, the chancellor of the State University System of Florida, noting that the system, which serves a quarter million undergraduates, was the largest in the country to still require an entrance exam.

It’s the latest move by Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis to shake up the education establishment, especially the College Board, the non-profit behemoth that runs the SAT programme. DeSantis, a Republican presidential candidate, has already rejected the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) course on African American studies, and sparred over content on gender and sexuality in AP Psychology.
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