STATEWIDE — State lawmakers are looking to eliminate the SAT as a method for assessing student performance.
Standardized testing may be changing in Maine for upcoming high school students.
On Wednesday, lawmakers presented a bill to the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee that asks for the discontinuation of the SAT in Maine schools.
“We increasingly see research that the SAT is biased both racially and based on income. The SAT is a very poor predictor of how well women will do in higher education and it overpredicts how well men will do,” said Rep. Michael Brennan, D-Portland.
According to a Maine School Boards Association official, the SAT currently is not state sponsored and is a local decision on whether the school district pays for the test or if the parents and students do.
And as of 2020, the SAT is not required at the University of Maine System.
“The SAT is not required now for admission at any of our universities in any of our programs. There are a number of reasons we became test-optional, including a potential for bias in standardized testing like the SAT. We find a more holistic review of applicants to be a better predictor of their preparedness and performance in college,” said University of Maine System Government Relations Director Samantha Warren.
The bill’s sponsor added the goal is not only to get rid of the SAT but also to replace it with a better substitute.
“They’re the ones that are going to make this decision about what we move forward with in terms of assessment and I think that they feel that they can find something superior to the sat and that it won’t have all the inherent shortcomings the SAT does have,” Brennan said.