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Harvard says no need for SAT, ACT scores for applicants through 2026

Harvard Admissions

Harvard University will not require SAT and ACT scores from undergraduate applicants until 2026, according to an official announcement released Thursday.

Driving the news: The new policy was conceived in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting limited access to standardized testing sites students have faced, according to the university. The university previously waived SAT and ACT scores as an admissions requirement for 2021 and 2022.

Incoming NYC school chancellor vows support for Asian American community

David Banks School Chancellor

Incoming New York City Schools Chancellor David Banks has responded to frustrations voiced by the Asian American community over a previous proposal to alter current admissions policies in specialized high schools, where Asian American students predominate.

What he said: Banks, who will assume his new role next month, acknowledged the efforts and resources Asian American parents pour into their children’s education. He assured the community of his support in a recent interview with the New York Post.

Why Students Are Forced to Take the SAT to Go to College

Last week, Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang called for a reduced emphasis on standardized testing. He particularly took a jab at the SAT, which has long been used to assess students’ readiness for collegiate studies.

“We came up with the SAT during World War II to determine who to keep from the frontlines,” Yang wrote in a tweet. “Now every year is wartime. We should deemphasize standardized tests and evaluate kids more holistically.”