Potomac Law Partner Marci Lerner Miller was quoted by both the New York Times and Bloomberg Law in articles about a recent settlement in which the University of California system agreed to continue its test-free admissions policy through 2025. Ms. Miller is part of a team of lawyers representing student advocacy groups who argued that the use of SAT and ACT scores in admissions decisions discriminates against applicants with respect to race, income, and disability.
The University of California system had earlier announced that under the test-free policy for the 2021 admissions cycle, its campuses received higher numbers of applications from first-generation students, Black students, and Latino students than ever before. Given these numbers, Ms. Miller noted, “The makeup of this year’s applicants already show that students are no longer deterred from applying based on their inability to access standardized testing.” She added, “We’re confident that this settlement will lead to students demonstrating their abilities, rather than their disabilities, in the application process. We’re very proud of the students and organizations that bravely came forward to fight this battle, this victory belongs to them.”
Read the New York Times article “University of California Will No Longer Consider SAT and ACT Scores” here and the Bloomberg Law article “University of California Agrees to Drop SAT, ACT Score Use” here.