The man behind the new plan to assign adversity scores to every student who takes the SAT is the same person who championed the controversial Common Core K-12 curriculum standards that remain a point of contention among parents, teachers and political leaders in many states.
David Coleman, president of The College Board, which administers the SAT, was the 'architect of Common Core' – which several states dropped after its adoption due to pressure from local communities and educators, according to Fox News.
Proponents of Common Core say the method was meant to establish a baseline of curriculum standards for K-12 education, with a focus on math and English language arts literacy.
It implemented broad new standards for how much a student should know and be able to do at the end of each scholastic year, leading to what critics said was 'teaching to the test' – or a system in which teachers are under so much pressure to get their students to perform well on the test that other educational priorities fell by the wayside in favor of test preparation.
Coleman co-founded Student Achievement Partners, a nonprofit that ultimately developed the Common Core state standards.
The Common Core was adopted in 2010 by 45 states and Washington D.C. with bipartisan support. The goal was to move students away from reiterating memorized facts and toward the ability to analyze complex information.