When the University of California dropped both the SAT and ACT from its admissions process, it said it was going to consider the Smarter and Balanced test, which was better aligned with state educational goals. But even that test was rejected because it was politically unacceptable (“College Testing Bait-and-Switch,” The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 23).
So now the question is whether UC is essentially heading for the disastrous open-admissions policy that destroyed standards at the City University of New York. From 1970 until 1998 when it was finally abolished, virtually all students who graduated high school were admitted. The result was a slow but steady deterioration of what had once been a great academic institution.
The SAT and the ACT have their faults, but they are necessary to prevent UC from suffering the same fate as CUNY.
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