‘Fiske Guide’ will drop SAT and ACT scores

The Fiske College Guide reduces the reference of the average SAT and ACT scores for the colleges it examines.

Edward B. Fiske, the publisher of the guide, said that recent trends have called into question the accuracy and validity of the average results of import tests.

“We are proud of our reputation as a reliable source of reliable input information,” he said. “Instead of publishing inaccurate and misleading data, we have decided to omit any scoring report for the foreseeable future. The opposite would be bad for our readers. “

Fiske is the first of the big scores to announce how it will deal with the fact that fewer people get and report test scores than in the past.

US News & World Report said in June that it would rank blind colleges (colleges that do not review test scores), but the magazine has not said how it will do so. The test scores amount to 7.75% of the total scoring score for national universities. A U.S. News spokesman said Wednesday that he “has not made any announcements” about the methodology he will use this fall. The 2021 grades (released last fall) were still based on a year in which most students submitted grades – at least to colleges that require exams.

Only 44% of those who applied to college through the joint application by February 15 submitted SAT or ACT scores. This represents a significant decrease from last year (comparing only colleges that used the Joint Implementation in both years), when the total as of February 15, 2020, was 77 percent.

While the Fiske Guide has traditionally included SAT or ACT scores, it is not a traditional US News ranking.

“I do not classify them – 1, 2 3, 4, 5. That would be dishonest,” Fiske said.

Instead, he ranks the 325 colleges in his book on various factors, such as academics, social life, etc. In a way, it just included the test scores in the data. (Conducts an annual college survey and a student survey at each college in the book.)

Will the book restore average exams in the future if more students take the exams next year? “I have no idea,” Fiske said. However, he stressed that there are many questions about the SAT and the ACT – justice, a disadvantage for low-income students and Black and Latinx students. “I do not expect them to return.”

Fiske, a former education publisher for The New York Times, said the change will take place in the 2022 edition of the book, which will be published on July 6, 2021.

Robert Schaeffer, interim executive director of FairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testing, supports the decision not to include test scores in the guide.

“With most US colleges and universities not requiring ACT / SAT scores from current high school and junior high – and more than half of the four four-year schools are now permanently optional – it makes sense for its most respected higher education admissions. “Country reference book for removing references to these outdated metrics,” he said.

The college board did not respond to a request for comment.

The ACT published this statement: “COVID has destroyed almost every aspect of the education and enrollment management ecosystem. However, our research shows that a large proportion of students who applied to one of the 320 colleges found in the Fiske Guide took the ACT test. Regardless of whether the rating ranges refer to a resource such as the Fiske Guide, students will continue to look for ways to make their applications stand out.This has never been more true than ACT serves this purpose as students are in a full field of applicants, most of whom appear on paper (in transcripts with HSGPA only and / or failure reports due to pandemic effects) to have similar ability and capability. “

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