Mike thompson students who take the s- a-t will no longer be tested on just their math and verbal skills.
The college board...the company that administers the exam is adding another score that will look at the adversity students face in their life.
News 8's jordan fremstad joins us with more on how the score will impact students who take the test.
Although the s-a-t is not the most popular college admissions exam ....more than two million students take the test every year.
Educators are learning more about the impacts a person's childhood can have on their future.
Uw-la crosse chancellor joe gow says students are more than a test score....but he is not sold that an adversity score is the best way to measure a student's potential.
The sat is a tool that shows what a student has learned in reading and math, but the college board is putting a new score to the test.
"what it doesn't measure alone is it doesn't measure what you've overcome the situation you acheived that in."
Chief executive of the college board...the company that administers the test...told cbs this morning they are trying to look deeper into a student's background.
"what we can do with this context data is see how resourceful you are.
Have you done more with less."
The official name is the environmental context dashboard.
Many are calling it an adversity score that will look at 15 factors including things like the student's family income, family structure, housing in the community and crime.
The higher the number the higher the adversity.....uw- la crosse chancellor joe gow is not sure this the right way look at adversity.
"i am a little skeptical.
I am not sure that is something that can be quantified."
He says uw-la crosse wants to accept students based on multiple factors not just a test score.
"we make a decision based on their academic achievements, also the quality of the high school, the rigger of the curriculum.
Have they been in leadership activities?
Do they come from a disadvantaged background?
He says they don't want to put anyone in a position to fail.
"it would serve no one any purpose in the classroom to admit somebody who couldn't get it done in the classroom."
La crosse school district officials say only about 10 students take the s-a-t every year.
The act is the more popular test and does not currently offer an adversity score.
A trial version of the adversity score is already being tested by 50