Western Kentucky University’s Student Government Association has passed a resolution that declares standardized scores as a tool for “white supremacy.” They also demanded reparations for African-American students by guaranteeing free tuition.
The students denounced standardized test scores as “restrict[ing] the college opportunities for needy students, helping higher education perpetuate inequality.”
They added that “standardized tests perpetuate and uphold white supremacy.”
SGA President Jay Todd Richey added “We need to consider making reparations in the form of more equitable college admissions policies, financial assistance and campus support and resources, and we hope this provocative statement will launch an important dialogue about how to achieve that.”
WKU students are not alone in demanding the end of standardized tests as inimical to the advancement of black students. Some schools including George Washington have dropped their reliance on scores as a way of increasing their class diversity.