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Education Reporter
NUMBER 200 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS SEPTEMBER 2002
Education Briefs 
At California colleges, hard luck stories and minority status are the best means for gaining admission, unless the minority status is Asian. An Asian student from a poor family with a SAT score of 1500 was turned down by UCLA while a Hispanic student with a similar background and a SAT score 390 points lower was accepted at both UCLA and Berkeley. Another Asian student with a SAT score of 1540 whose father is an engineer was rebuffed by both UCLA and Berkeley, and a middle class white student with a GPA of 4.0 and a SAT score of 1300 was rejected by three University of California schools. Critics charge that "sob story" admissions policies are replacing affirmative action, which California voters struck down in 1996. State universities now consider "life challenges" in lieu of GPAs and SAT scores, including "immigration hardships, living in high crime neighborhoods, having been a victim of a shooting, and long-term psychological difficulties." One critic called it "left-wing social engineering" that ultimately helps no one.

A California education oversight committee wants to eliminate high school Advanced Placement courses. The committee is urging the University of California to stop giving extra weight to AP courses in order to "level the playing field" for disadvantaged students who complain their high schools offer few such courses. According to the Chicago Tribune (7-5-02), the 47-year-old AP program "has grown dramatically in the past 10 years," with 1.6 million high school students taking the exams in 2002 compared with 600,000 in 1992.

Illinois students score poorly in writing. Four of 10 cannot write an organized essay using basic grammar and spelling, test results released this spring show. The percentage of 5th graders who write poorly crosses racial lines, and has continued to increase since the new test was introduced in 1999. Educators and experts say that students don't get enough instruction in writing and that many teachers are not adequately trained to teach it. The Illinois Standards Achievement Tests (ISAT) in reading, writing and math are given annually to 3rd, 5th, and 8th graders. Results of the other tests were "generally as bad" as those of the writing test. (Chicago Tribune, 8-4-02)

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