Assemblymember O’Donnell Criticizes UC’s Decision to Eliminate the SAT/ACT

Friday, May 22, 2020

Chair of Assembly Education Committee Concerned About Equity

(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) criticized the University of California’s decision to eliminate the SAT and ACT as a requirement for admission.

“The UC Board of Regents took a step backward on advancing equity by terminating the use of the SAT/ACT,” Assemblymember O’Donnell said. “As a teacher and Chair of the Assembly Education Committee, I am concerned that removing these standardized tests will lead to more inequity. The UC’s own Academic Senate found that the SAT/ACT actually increased access to the UC for disadvantaged students.”

“Admission to the UC will now rely heavily upon students’ GPA and whether or not they took honors, AP or international baccalaureate classes. Not every high school student in California has access to these classes. My question for the UC Board of Regents is: how do we ensure educational equity among all students?” O’Donnell added.

Yesterday, the UC Board of Regents voted to suspend and eventually terminate the use of the SAT/ACT for all freshman applicants.

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Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell represents the 70th Assembly District, which includes Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island.