There are now well over 1,000 colleges and universities that don’t require SAT or ACT scores in deciding whom to admit, a number that’s growing every year. And a new study finds that scores on those tests are of little value in predicting students’ performance in college, and raises the question: Should those tests be required at all?
Colleges that have gone “test optional” enroll — and graduate — a higher proportion of low-income and first generation-students, and more students from diverse backgrounds, the researchers found in the study, Defining Access: How Test-Optional Works.
“Our research clearly demonstrates that these students graduate often at a higher rate,” said Steve Syverson, an assistant vice chancellor at the University of Washington Bothell, and co-author of the study.
The Waynes also have applied for consideration by Guinness World Records, declaring to have set the record for the largest number of family members to attend the same university: Grambling State University.
Hattie Wayne, owner of Hattie Wayne Public Relations & Advertising, leads the Wayne initiative to verify the record.
“We’re talking almost seven generations,” Hattie Wayne said.
She submitted the claim in August, and Guinness responded with approval in October. She has spent her time since gathering the required evidence to prove her family’s claim.