NCAA Task Force Recommends Ending Use of Standardized Test Score Requirement

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Friday's announcement by the NCAA stated that the NCAA Standardized Test Score Task Force recommended eliminating the requirement for student athletes who are transitioning from high schools to college.

The task force's head, Morgan State President David Wilson said the following about the recommendation:

"This work is a reflection of the NCAA's commitment towards continuously reviewing academic standards based upon the best data available. This recommendation for athletics eligibility is in line with a nationwide trend that has seen NCAA member schools abandoning the requirement for standardized test scores to be admitted.

The NCAA stated that the task force was established to promote racial equality in college athletics.

The recommendation was supported by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, who noted that they had made a similar proposal last season:

Gary Parrish from CBS Sports supported the idea, citing how a standard test score forced Memphis men’s basketball to forfeit a Final Four berth.

The task force concluded that the SAT and ACT requirements should not be considered anymore. However, it is necessary to take additional steps to change the rules.

The NCAA announced that the Division I Committee on Academics (DII Academic Requirements Committee) will meet February 2022 to discuss this topic.

Official changes can be made if the elimination of standard test requirements is determined to the best course of action by both committees.