Texas Modifies Bill Requiring Standardized Test Scores for College Admissions

Texas lawmakers have modified a bill that originally aimed to require public colleges in the state to consider SAT and ACT scores for undergraduate and graduate admissions.

The revised version of the bill now only mandates the review of test scores if an applicant chooses to submit them. The new version of the bill would still require schools to review standardized test scores for graduate programs however only as a component as opposed to the main criterion.

The bill comes as many schools nationwide are dropping their requirements for standardized test scores in the application process. Critics of the test-optional policy argue that it may harm students with poor grades but good standardized test performance, while proponents argue that the exams favor wealthier students and limit opportunities for marginalized individuals.

The bill passed the Texas Senate and now heads to the House of Representatives.

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