UC Regents Vote to Conduct Feasibility Study; Includes Smarter Balanced As Option

College entrance exam use in University of California undergraduate admissions.
In this action item, the President of the University recommends that the Regents approve a suspension of the current standardized test (ACT/SAT) requirement for undergraduate admissions until 2024 to allow the University to modify or create a new test that better aligns with the content UC expects applicants to have learned and with UC’s values.

(Santa Clara, Calif., May 21, 2020) – The University of California Regents approved a college entrance exam proposal today, voting to suspend its current standardized test requirement (ACT and SAT) for undergraduate admissions until 2024. 

Starting this summer, UC will conduct a feasibility study, which includes whether to modify a current test, such as Smarter Balanced, as part of its admissions process.

“Testing as part of university admissions is a complex issue that requires creative solutions, and we believe that getting it right is critical to addressing educational opportunities across K-12 and higher education,” said Smarter Balanced Executive Director Tony Alpert. 

“As a University of California program and consistent with our mission, we stand at the ready to engage in this critical discussion regarding how to maximize access and equity for all of our students.” 


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