SAN FRANCISCO (AP/CBS13) — University of California applicants can’t submit their standardized test scores with their admissions as the system works to phase out the exam requirements, a state appeals court ruled Thursday.
UC regents voted in May to drop the SAT and ACT test scores as admission requirements but permitted individual campuses to allow optional, voluntary submissions for 2021 and 2022. a lawsuit says the scores place low-income students, minorities and people with disabilities at an unfair disadvantage. A judge issued an injunction in August, which led to an appeal.READ MORE: Toro's Single In 9th Sends Mariners Over Athletics
In a unanimous decision, a three-member panel of the First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco lifted a stay on the lower court injunction, thus barring campuses from accepting or considering the scores for at least the 2021-2022 school year, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Six of 10 UC campuses already agreed not to accept the test scores this year, the court noted.READ MORE: Sheets Drives In Two, White Sox Hold Off Giants 5-3
Claire Doan, a spokeswoman for UC president Michael Drake, said the University of California is reviewing its options as it is in disagreement with the decision.
UC’s governing Board of Regents voted in May to phase out the tests over five years and to develop its own test as a replacement or scrap the test score admission requirement altogether.
With more than 290,000 students statewide, the move was seen as influential as other colleges nationwide eye similar choices.MORE NEWS: Sacramento Metro Fire Ramps Up Fire Resources For Fourth Of July Weekend
Critics of the tests have long argued they put minority and low-income students at a disadvantage because the test questions often contain inherent bias that more privileged children are better equipped to answer. Wealthier students also tend to take expensive prep courses that help boost their scores, which many students can’t afford, critics say.