Lawrence Jones: SAT 'adversity score' is 'insulting,' implies 'people like me' can't make it

  • Campus Reform Editor-In-Chief joined Fox & Friends Friday to discuss the new SAT "adversity score."
  • Jones called the idea "insulting" because "it's essentially saying people who come from those backgrounds...cannot make it..."

Campus Reform Editor-in-Chief Lawrence Jones joined Fox & Friends Friday morning to discuss, among other topics, the SAT beginning to assign students an "adversity score," which will factor in students' social and economic hardships. 

As Campus Reform reported Thursday, the College Board, which oversees the college admissions test known as the SAT, will take into account 15 different factors when determining the student's "adversity score," which the students themselves will not even be able to see. The College Board and supporters of the "adversity score" have touted it as a way of leveling the playing field for disadvantaged students. Jones disagrees. 

"We're about to create a workforce where people aren't qualified..."   

"This is not leveling the playing field. This is a savior complex. This is identity politics," Campus Reform's editor-in-chief said. "The fact that they think they can judge people based on where they come from, the color of their skin,  and what they went through, I think is insulting. It's essentially saying, people who come from those backgrounds, people like me, cannot make it and I think we warned America that this was going to happen and no one paid attention." 

[RELATED: WSJ: SAT set to assign 'adversity scores']

Jones continued by advocating to fix the education system on the local level as an alternative to the "adversity score."

"We're about to create a workforce where people aren't qualified but the universities don't care because guess what, they still get the money," Jones said, while later asking, "why are we pushing college so much still when a lot of these college students that graduate with a degree still can't get jobs."

"They did not think this through," Jones said. He then zeroed in on how students will not even be able to see their own "adversity scores."

"Anything that's done in secret is very shady," Jones said. 

As for the College Board, it told Fox News, "the ECD doesn't provide information about the student; it provides information about the student's environment. It puts a student's SAT score and other academic accomplishments in the context of where they live and learn..."

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