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College Board backtracks on ‘adversity score’ after criticism

The College Board announced its plans to drop the much-criticized “adversity score” — a single number representing high school and neighborhood information — on August 27. The change was one of several updates to the Board’s “Landscape” dashboard, which seeks to provide consistent data about students’ environments to contextualize outcomes and opportunities.

Op-Ed: Which is it — fraud or privilege?

This March, federal investigators exposed the largest college admissions scandal in history. Dozens of parents and students were revealed to have bribed and faked their way into supposedly meritocratic, elite universities. As one of the accused schools, Stanford responded by hastily expelling Yusi Zhao, a student involved in the scandal, justifying the expulsion as something that “has long been our practice … [if] the student submitted false information.”