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NABC proposes permanently getting rid of SAT, ACT requirements

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the NCAA waived SAT and ACT eligibility requirements for incoming freshmen back in April. As the nationwide discussion on racial injustice continues, the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) is proposing getting rid of the SAT and ACT requirements for good.

The proposal originated from the NABC Committee on Racial Reconciliation, which was formed last month to address issues related to racism and injustice in college athletics and beyond. The committee is co-chaired by Harvard coach Tommy Amaker and South Carolina coach Frank Martin.

“The NABC Committee on Racial Reconciliation believes that the SAT and ACT are longstanding forces of institutional racism and no longer have a place in intercollegiate athletics or higher education at large,” said Amaker and Martin in a joint statement. “This is an important step towards combating educational inequality in our country.”

“I am proud of the continued efforts of the Committee on Racial Reconciliation, and look forward to engaging further with the NCAA on this crucial topic,” added NABC Executive Director Craig Robinson. “We feel it is prudent for college athletics to address a standardized test structure that has long had disproportionately-negative impacts on low-income and minority students.”

“COVID-19 has made finding a safe, accessible SAT or ACT testing location very difficult for most rising seniors,” the proposal states. “Those with the most additional burdens and disadvantages of all kinds because of COVID-19, not just in finding a safe testing location, are low-income and underrepresented minority students.”

To read the proposal yourself, click here. Last month, the committee recommended that all high school and college students be required to take a course on African-American history.

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32 Comments for NABC proposes permanently getting rid of SAT, ACT requirements



  1. michaelb
    12:04 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

    Does this mean coaches stuff is un-vacated now ?



  2. UKinIN
    12:08 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

    Why wouldn’t college athletes be held to the same standard as a regular college student? Not a higher standard. Just the same standard.



    • TonyMontana
      1:06 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

      Let’s take a step back and ask ourselves if they received the same standard of education in the first place. Because if that poor kid wasn’t given the same higher education standards as that rich kid in private school, how is it fair to hold him to the same standards when he’s trying to go to college? I’m not saying get rid of tests, but we need to address to the root of the issue. Sadly, the root is systemic oppression and its gonna take another century or two before it gets much better.



    • T-Town Cat
      1:19 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

      Joe Biden says that poor kids are just as bright and talented as white kids.



    • catdaddyd
      10:22 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

      Remember when some nut out west said math was racist?



    • UKinIN
      1:32 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

      You’re making an assumption about all college athletes. They don’t all have the same background. Also, I don’t think only “rich kid in private school” are attending college. Colleges are full of kids from private schools.



    • UKinIN
      1:33 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

      *Meant “Colleges are full of kids from PUBLIC schools.”



    • ukcamel
      11:57 am July 17, 2020 Permalink

      The point of the test is to determine if you are academically prepared for college (or in some cases, academically prepared for a more competitive college). It does a kid who scores a 650 on his SAT no favors to admit him to college where we will almost certainly fail, just because he might have been disadvantaged in the past.



  3. tncatrn
    12:24 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

    So instead of helping them prepare for the test its “lets just do away with it because they arent smart enough to take it and be successful” The problem isnt the test its the way these kids are taught and the environment they have to learn in. Change that and make a difference. This doesnt help ANYTHING in preparing these kids for a college level education. This is what JUCO is for. This just teaches if it is too hard just get rid of it or go around it…thats the problem with the mindset of Amwricas youth these days as it is….and stop with the COVID makes life too hard crying. Good grief. They were crying about this before Covid they are just using it to drive their agenda.



    • TonyMontana
      12:55 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

      Stop making everything a conspiracy you psycho. I’ve never seen so many people scared by data and science and facts in general.



    • tncatrn
      8:57 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

      Tony who are you replying to? Psycho? Agendas and conspiracies are not the same thing. Get a thesaurus and a dictionary and once u have educated yourself come on back and we can have a civilized conversation if u can figure out how to hold one. Unfortunately i think we see this about the same way according to your other post…but hey if you wanna just be a D bag go for it.



  4. sharpshooter81
    12:32 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

    Maybe one of the most stupid articles I’ve seen in so long. These tests provide a baseline of where a student is compared to college level courses and it is idiotic to just let everyone admission to college when there are so many people that struggle to read and write at a high school level much less a college level. You would be setting these unprepared young adults up for further disappointment in their lives. Everything is not tied to race but now everyone thinks anything that provides a benchmark is a barrier and is systemic racism.



  5. Duuuuuude
    12:42 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

    The last time I looked on the basketball court or on the football field, there were more black athletes participating than white athletes. How does this remove racism from acadamic standards?



  6. VilleCat11
    12:44 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

    Maybe we should just hand all enrollees in to college a degree without having to do any work… I’d go back to school for that!



    • T-Town Cat
      12:47 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

      That’s the next step after there are no standards for enrollment.



    • ClutchCargo
      2:03 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

      UNCheat was way ahead of its time on this.



  7. T-Town Cat
    12:46 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

    I guess Mastery of math, reading, and science are no longer important for being successful in our society now, just as long as you know about African-American history. Just another attempt to lower standards.



  8. RealCatsFan
    12:46 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

    WKU has already chosen to de-emphasize the ACT test scores for giving out academic scholarships. Instead, they are focusing more on overall GPA and school and community involvement. I can see both sides of it – no test is a perfect measure of what kind of student a person will be at the college level. And now there is a cottage industry of instructors that teach the “tricks” to help you get a higher SAT/ACT. Not every student has the resources to pay someone to help them with this.



  9. jimlowe7
    12:48 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

    These tests DO need to be updated/changed. The fact they are TIMED is a huge factor in raising anxiety while taking them so change that 4sure. “Trick” questions should be taken out (A is true, B is false, C is ALSO true so the CORRECT answer is D – Both A & C). The first 2 yrs of college are “basic” courses so why put “higher” Math/Science questions on entrance tests? That’s what CLEP Testing is for. The purpose of ACT/SAT is for ENTRANCE to college, NOT to see if u can graduate!



  10. Good Times
    1:25 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

    This completely makes sense. I mean why should colleges figure out what you know to determine if you’d be successful studying at their institution. smh



  11. Good Times
    1:28 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

    This also reminds me of the bit by Daniel Tosh:

    “Don’t you love it when people in school are like, “I’m a bad test taker”? You mean, you’re stupid. Oh, you struggle with that part where we find out what you know? Oh. No, no, I can totally relate. See, because I’m a brilliant painter, minus my God-awful brushstrokes.”

    Disclaimer: By the way, this share is purely entertainment focused as I remember laughing when I originally heard, not to try to use Daniel Tosh as a basis for an argument in a serious debate.



  12. michaelb
    1:37 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

    This is just a half baked attempt at kissing blm ass … it’s kinda backhanded and condescending in a way . There is zero improvement brought on by this . Just a headline basically



  13. StuckinLville
    1:41 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

    Is this implying black kids and minorities are dumb? Because these tests are not racially biased. They are location biased. I went to a public school and it’s not known for being the best. I had a great GPA but my ACT sucked because I hadn’t even seen or heard of most of that crap. I’m white. So what does that really make it?



    • RealCatsFan
      2:38 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

      Um, class biased? Because when it comes down to it, in most cases the schools with the best resources (i.e. money), are going to attract and retain the best teachers. And a lot of it also begins with the home life of the student. Kids who don’t have both parents present, who don’t have one or both parents willing to stay involved with their school work, and even some who have parents who care but maybe they work three jobs between the two of them, and live across town from the school due to busing – those kids are probably at a disadvantage too.



  14. lizard king
    2:21 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

    A kid get out of school what they put into it. If you want to succeed then you work at it. Nothing is fair, there are dumb kids because they don’t try and their parents don’t have control of them. Do black kids not have a chance to go to school, sit in a desk and learn?



    • RealCatsFan
      2:43 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

      See my reply above. Sure, some kids are driven to excel, but be honest – they are kids. If left to their own devices, most will pick a video game or social media over busting open a textbook. So the parents staying involved becomes a huge predictor in the success of the student. So if you have a single parent who has to work 2 jobs to make ends meet, and junior is getting bussed across town, how hard is it for that parent to make it to meetings with the teachers, or get the kids to/from extracurricular activities, or sit up with them to help them understand a math problem or give them some extra direction on a project? I raised two kids who are very high achievers, but we had to stay on them to make sure stuff was getting done, we had to set good examples for them on how to prioritize time, and we spent a ton of time shuttling them around to sporting events, meetings, etc. We were lucky we had the resources and time to do this.



  15. UKFanSC
    3:40 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

    I guess you can rationalize it a number of ways, but this is clearly a nod to BLM. It addresses the perceived assumption that minorities do not have access to the same educational opportunities that white children do, which is not universally true but directionally accurate. But much of this is a function of how motivated a person is to be educated, where there’s a will there’s a way. But this is the way of the future. Society will have to make accommodations for things like this or there will be more riots, looting, shootings, and racial division. Like the police or example…… too many black men getting arrested ?? Defund the police, problem solved. Can’t get into a non HBU because you don’t that the requisite test scores ? Get rid of test scores !! Problem solved.



  16. Jambluehue99
    4:21 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

    Isn’t the real racism telling an entire group they are incapable of performing at a high level so the standards will be lowered? Liberal policies have robbed minority and poor communities of the dignity of hard work, the family unit, and now educational achievement. That’s true racism – the condemnation of people to government dependence for the promise of a vote on Election Day. Talk about oppression.



    • UKFanSC
      5:39 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

      Very well said



  17. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    4:30 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

    The soft bigotry of low expectations.



  18. lexslamman
    4:48 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

    No point anymore. Colleges take people with IQs of 25 if they can run fast or shoot a ball through a hole.



  19. sgd
    7:50 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

    The more you lower the standards, the less work the students do. Next thing you know they want to lower the standards again. Then they cry systemic racism. It is always someone else’s fault for their own failure, but let’s give them a trophy for participating.