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“Essays have a stronger correlation to reported household income than SAT scores.”

That’s the conclusion of a recent study published by the Stanford Centner for Education Policy Analysis. It’s just one of many reasons why getting rid of standardized tests and relying instead on essays, interviews, and high-school transcripts tips the scales in favor of the rich and well-connected at the expense of bright kids from less privileged backgrounds, especially when those kids are Asian. Some of the people who want to get rid of standardized tests may actually want to help the poor and underprivileged and simply be uniformed. Most, however, surely know exactly what they’re doing. They’re changing the rules to benefit children from their own class at the expense of children from the lower orders.


Jon Guze / Senior Fellow, Legal Studies

Jon Guze is the Director of Legal Studies at the John Locke Foundation. Before joining the John Locke Foundation, Jon practiced law in Durham, North Carolina for over twent...