The SAT standardized test is getting a new algorithm. In an effort to level the playing field for students who take the exam, the College Board is implementing the Environmental Context Dashboard, or ECD.
According to their website, the numeric score between 1 and 100 will be calculated using
“SAT scores in context
Information on the high school
Contextual data on the high school environment”
This information will be drawn from such sources as census data, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) surveys, high school statistics and collected SAT scores from the previous 3 years.
For a quick overview article on this new score, visit CBS News.com.
Jane C. Hu of Slate.com talked about the technical aspects of how the new algorithm works.
And Forbes.com’s Peter Greene published more in-depth critical article on the score.
If you have any questions about this “adversity score” or wonder how it will affect your student and their SAT score, please don’t hesitate to give me a call.