Wall Street Journal: SAT To Give Students “Adversity Score” To Capture Social and Economic Background

Wall Street Journal:

“The College Board plans to assign an adversity score to every student who takes the SAT to try to capture their social and economic background, jumping into the debate raging over race and class in college admissions.

This new number, called an adversity score by college admissions officers, is calculated using 15 factors including the crime rate and poverty levels from the student’s high school and neighborhood. Students won’t be told the scores, but colleges will see the numbers when reviewing their applications. …”

New York Times:

“The College Board, the company that administers the SAT exam taken by about two million students a year, will for the first time assess students not just on their math and verbal skills, but also on their educational and socioeconomic backgrounds, entering a fraught battle over the fairness of high-stakes testing.

The company announced on Thursday that it will include a new rating, which is widely being referred to as an “adversity score,” of between 1 and 100 on students’ test results. An average score is 50, and higher numbers mean more disadvantage. The score will be calculated using 15 factors, including the relative quality of the student’s high school and the crime rate and poverty level of the student’s neighborhood.

The rating will not affect students’ test scores, and will be reported only to college admissions officials as part of a larger package of data on each test taker. …”

64 years after the Brown v. Board of Education decision, why is this necessary? Why does the SAT have to be augmented with an “adversity score”? Why hasn’t meritocracy and spending trillions of dollars on integrated public schools worked and closed the racial gaps?

Suppose we were honest about the heritability of racial IQ differences. What would happen then? It would discredit the liberal establishment and vindicate the race realists and skeptics like Jared Taylor. The nerds who spend all their time reading studies and books and talking about racial differences in IQ would move on with their lives and discuss some other subject. After admitting the mistake, we could start educating children according to their needs and abilities rather than lying to them about how either they are oppressed by the evil White man or how their circumstances are their own fault.

If we started talking about cognitive stratification in the context of automation in a free-market capitalist economy, well, that would actually give credibility to “social justice.” After all, it is hard to blame someone for being poor when inequality is natural because they are born with an IQ of 75 or 85. There are fewer and fewer jobs to go around for people on the left side of the Bell Curve.

Note: Imagine what it is going to be like around 2035 in the age of designer babies. How high of an IQ will you need to find employment in our future economy?

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  1. This is just another distraction from the fact that the vast majority of Blacks are simply unfit for college, or much education beyond the basics.

    • Why no – it would only seem traditional — time for a whole house cleaning – jigs and jews – then turd world browns — lets get f=cking tribal again

  2. In the YangGang future, if only idiots are allowed to enter and graduate from university, who will build and maintain our robotic slave boys, that give us our life of leisure?

  3. When the Chinx take over all this pandering to the niggers will come to an abrupt end.

    • @spahnranch1969

      The Chinese recognise the essential worthlessness of Niggers to Human Civilisation.

      The only worth Niggers have are as anti-White political weapons for the Jews.

      Ebola is running wild in Africa again. There may come another virus, which has no effect on Eurasians, that will burn like wildfire through Niggerdom. Nature is trying to do away with these living fossils.

  4. How about an “Adversity Score” for whites, having to LIVE WITH AND FOR THESE ‘chay of the field’?

    THAT’S REAL Adversity!!!!

  5. A chart of the racial breakdown of this “score” was given on Steve Sailor’s blog. Whites are the most disadvantaged by this. Asians will benefit relative to whites. In the 10% with the highest adversity score, white and Asian numbers are about equal, despite whites being 50% of the students and Asians being 5%. Poor whites mostly live in rural districts with low crime. Children of rich yuppie gentrifier whites will also benefit from this score.

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