Suspend tests and rankings

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Science  22 May 2020:
Vol. 368, Issue 6493, pp. 797
DOI: 10.1126/science.abc8654


The notion that U.S. colleges and universities will open this fall in “normal” mode should not be in any forecast. As Dr. Anthony Fauci (of the White House's coronavirus task force) testified last week before the Senate, it's unlikely that a vaccine or treatments for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) will be available by the time students return to campus. I sympathize with the predicament of college and university administrators who need to reopen in ways that are safe and supportive for all their students while also planning for the possibility that they won't be able to reopen in-person classes. To help them grapple with this, let's suspend two things, at least temporarily—test scores and rankings.

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