When students send colleges their SAT scores in coming years, the admissions office might also get another number that rates the level of adversity applicants typically face — or privilege they enjoy — based on crime and poverty data and other demographic information about neighborhoods and high schools.
The “overall disadvantage level,” known in admission circles as the “adversity score,” will be a single number from 1 to 100. With 50 set as the average, under a formula established by the College Board, higher scores will indicate higher adversity. Colleges that use it will see the number on a template called an “environmental context dashboard,” which also includes data on Advanced Placement participation and SAT scores at the applicant’s high school. – “Coming Soon, An Adversity Score” Washington Post, 5/16/19
- Survived a school shooting.
- Parents dead. (Non-Batman.)
- Mugged on the way to test.
- Super Puerto Rican.
- Absent the day of school shooting.
- Share bedroom with more than three coyotes.
- Eyes real close together and no upper lip.
- Normal Puerto Rican.
- Taught to read wrong as a joke.
- Unfortunate birthmark.
- Those with Dourif Syndrome. (Sufferers of Dourif Syndrome remind those around them of Brad Dourif, but not in a good way.)
- Wrong kind of Asian.
- If you show up for the SAT barefoot and in overalls, and then stop by the hardware store to pick up a few yards of gingham afterwards, you get 75 adversity points.
- Family members in prison.
- Good kind of Asian.
- Really rich, snotty South American kids who play polo.
- Been bitten by a dog (any size) that broke the skin.
- Family members in prison for insider trading or money laundering or that type of shit.
- Live within a mile of a check-cashing place.
- Owns used Kia, but had to pay for it themselves.
- Both parents in the house, but they may hate each other.
- Could differentiate between a jetty and a pier.
- Live within a mile of a Target.
- Parents purchased used Kia, but has to pay for insurance/gas.
- Smile that lights up the room.
- Access to a swimming pool.
- Live within a mile of other homes, exclusively.
- Parents paid for new Kia, and cover the insurance and gas.
- Been skiing.
- Wrong kind of white. (Jewish, Catholic.)
- Live within a mile of no one at all.
- Parents paid for Mercedes, etc.
- Traveled to a foreign country.
- Right kind of white. (Protestant, but not Southern Baptist.)
- Live within a mile of several different locations, depending on the season.
- Parents pay for Aviv, who is ex-Mossad, to drive you around in an Suburban.
- Traveled to a foreign country specifically for the purposes of skiing.
- Best kind of white. (Wealthy.)
- On the advice of your accountant, legally have no residence.