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What's behind China's interest in American college admission reform? [Copy link] 中文

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As the college admissions bribery scandal rocked the American society earlier this year, thousands of miles away across the Pacific Ocean, Chinese people were paying close attention. Earlier this week, Chinese media quickly captured the sequel to the mostly ugly and sometimes absurd American saga.

The New York City-based College Board, the company that administers the SAT college admissions test, is launching a new tool named "Landscape" to help college admission officers consider more background information of the candidate, including the median family income, education levels and crime rates in the student's neighborhood.

It is reported that between 100 and 150 institutions are expected to pilot the new tool this year, before it becomes broadly available next year. There is almost an immediate controversy surrounding the "Landscape" tool, as critics call it an "overreach" for the College Board to score a college applicant's "adversity" the way it does academics.

According to the College Board though, the tool is not designed to score "adversity" in a way that favors students who "do more with less," but it simply provides more background information for the college admission officer to consider. As expected, America's nascent college admission reform may take quite some headwinds as it moves forward.

Why does Chinese media pay attention to the college admission scandal and subsequent reform effort?

What's behind China's interest in American college admission reform?

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