The College Board is set to introduce a new system that assigns students a score based on their home environment.
Dubbed the Environmental Context Dashboard, the score will give colleges information that takes into account the students’ socio-economic background and how rigorous their high school academics are.
The score factors poverty and crime rates in student neighborhoods. However, the score does not reflect race.
“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,” said David Coleman, the chief executive officer of the College Board.
The aim is to give a more level playing field to low-income students. This comes just weeks after many celebrities were charged with bribing their way to allow their children to attend certain universities.
Some even had SAT scores altered or faked disabilities that allow for extra time on the tests.
According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the score is in use at 50 colleges and could be expanded to over 150.