SAT to add 'adversity score' that will factor student hardships into college admissions

The adversity score will take into consideration a student's neighborhood, family and school environments and then generate a number based on those factors

May 16, 2019, nbcnews.com -- The SAT exam, used by a majority of colleges to grant entrance, will be adding an "adversity score" to the test that will take into account a student's socioeconomic background in an effort to help colleges take a more rounded approach in the admissions process. The new measure, first reported by The Wall Street Journal, is aimed at factoring in student hardships that are not reflected in test scores."Through its history, the College Board has been focused on finding unseen talent. The Environmental Context Dashboard shines a light on students who have demonstrated remarkable resourcefulness to overcome challenges and achieve more with less. It enables colleges to witness the strength of students in a huge swath of America who would otherwise be overlooked," said David Coleman, CEO of the College Board, the nonprofit organization that oversees the SAT.

"There is talent and potential waiting to be discovered in every community - the children of poor rural families, kids navigating the challenges of life in the inner city, and military dependents who face the daily difficulties of low income and frequent deployments as part of their family's service to our country. No single test score should ever be examined without paying attention to this critical context," he added in a statement to NBC News.

The adversity score, called Environmental Context Dashboard, will take into consideration a student's neighborhood, family and school, and then assign the student a number based on those factors. More specifically, the score will fall on a scale between 1 and 100, with an average score of 50 - anything above that would show hardship. The calculation, which will be sent to colleges but not shared with students, will be based by looking at the crime and poverty rates of a student's neighborhood, as well as their parents' income level. Race is not a factor in the score, according to the College Board. The adversity score also adds additional context to a student by including the average number of AP courses taken and scores from AP tests, as well as the percentage of students eligible for free and reduced-price lunch, according to the College Board.

The College Board has already conducted a test run of the adversity score program at 50 schools. The program will officially roll out to 150 additional schools by the end of the year, with plans to add more in 2020. Results from the pilot program were positive in part because they provided decision makers with more context so they could take a more holistic approach to decision making, according to the College Board.

"We are proud that results from our pilot of the tool show that using the Environment Context Dashboard makes it more likely that students who demonstrate strength and resourcefulness in overcoming challenges are more likely to be admitted to college," Coleman said in a statement.

 

New Graduation Data About the Class of 2013

52% Graduated with Bachelor's Degree--Others Still In Progress

Many donors have asked us if our Scholarship recipients have completed their coursework and what the graduation rate is for the recipients. The Foundation recently completed an extensive review of the 48 Scholars that graduated from High School in 2013 and we are pleased to present the following results:

  • Scholarships Awarded = 48 (100%)
  • Students Not Located = 12 (25%)
  • Number of Bachelor's Degrees Received = 21 (44%)
  • Number of Bachelor's with Master's Degrees = 4 (8%)
  • Number still pursuing AA or Bachelor's = 5 (10%)
  • Number of Bachelor's pursuing PhD = 1 (2%)
  • Number that attended but no additional info available = 5 (10%)
  • Grand Total Receiving Bachelor's Degrees = 26 (52%)

The National graduation rate is about 60%. However, we are unable to access school records as privacy regulations make it impossible to locate some students including those that may have had name changes. If we look at the total graduation rate of the students we located, we get a resounding 68% graduation rate with the liklihood that others still attending college may graduate in the near future. Congratulations Class of 2013!

 

Scholarship Requirements

The Scholarship Application Process is Closed for 2019

 

The ESPERANZA SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION DOLLARS FOR SCHOLARS Application process is closed for 2019.

Next year's Application process will open in January 2020.

 

To all applicants

Requirements:

  1. Current high school senior attending a high school in the West Valley of San Bernardino County, or current college student attending one of our partner colleges.
  2. Student needs to create a free scholarship profile with Scholarship America - Dollars for Scholars at dollarsforscholars.org.
  3. 3.50 G.P.A. or higher
  4. One letter of recommendations (teacher, professor, or adviser) ​
  5. ​In 250-300 words response, answer the following questions:
    • ​​Give us an example of a time where you overcame adversity.
    • Describe how your leadership skills assisted you in completion of a task in either your community or academic career.
    • Describe one of your accomplishments and how can this experience assist you in your filed of study and your future goals.
  6. ​Community Service - 25 hours total
  7. If awarded scholarship, scholars must attend the annual Mayor's Gala during the month of May and bring a total of 10 guest to the scholarship award night event.
  8. A minimum of 3 hours of participation in an Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars' Event.

 

Scholarship Resources

Link to 40+ Scholarships

One of the Foundation's long-term supporters, Senator Mike Morrell, has an excellent list of scholarships on his web page; take a look as there might be a good fit for your interests: 

https://morrell.cssrc.us/sites/morrell.cssrc.us/files/140326_Scholarships.pdf 

(there's over 40 organizations with links to their web pages).

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