The National Association of Basketball Coaches wants to eliminate SAT/ACT eligibility requirements for college athletes saying they are “longstanding forces of institutional racism.”
The proposal originated from the association’s Committee on Racial Reconciliation, which was formed last month to address issues related to racism and injustice in college athletics.
The committee “believes that the SAT and ACT are longstanding forces of institutional racism and no longer have a place in intercollegiate athletics or higher education at large,” said committee co-chairs Tommy Amaker and Frank Martin in a joint statement. “This is an important step towards combating educational inequality in our country.” Amaker is Harvard University’s head men’s basketball coach. Martin is head coach for the University of South Carolina men’s basketball team.
The association said it wants to engage with the NCAA to further discuss the issue of eliminating standardized test requirements.
“We feel it is prudent for college athletics to address a standardized test structure that has long had disproportionately-negative impacts on low-income and minority students,” said the association’s executive director Craig Robinson.