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California Screamin'

The University of California system is racked by student protests over tuition hikes, while administrators monkey around with admissions.

10:37 AM, Apr 6, 2010 • By BILL WHALEN
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So is the UC system breaking new ground by trying to transform California admissions from something less empirical to something more feel-good? Not exactly. It’s just one example of a long tradition of standardized testing losing out to a “test-optional” mindset that’s becoming increasingly prevalent on America’s campus. According to the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (Fair Test), some 830 colleges have chosen to go “test optional.”

And what’s sparking this change? For some, it’s a loathing of testing that borders on the irrational. Consider this “fact sheet” from the folks at Fair Test, “How Testing Feeds the School-to-Prison Pipeline”:

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