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College Coaches Call For Removal Of SAT/ACT Test Requirements

The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NACB) called for an end to the use of the SAT and ACT in determining a student athlete’s eligibility to play university sports.

The announcement came from the NACB’s Committee on Racial Reconciliation, described by the NACB as a group created in June to consider issues of racism and injustice in college athletics. The committee, co-chaired by Harvard coach Tommy Amaker and South Carolina coach Frank Martin, released a statement detailing the rationale for ending the standardized testing requirements for college athletes.

Currently, the NCAA requires that college-bound student-athletes meet a set of expectations in order to play at a Division I or Division II school, which includes securing a qualifying score on either the ACT or the SAT. 

The NACB makes the case that the NCAA should drop this requirement in part because tests such as the SAT and the ACT are “forces of institutional racism.” The organization cites an article published by The Atlantic, saying that the SAT is rooted in “eugenics” and that standardized tests like the SAT and ACT serve to uphold a “white supremacist class system.”

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